Bolts from the blue / readers' photos on the theme of storm

we asked you to share your photos on the theme of storm via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

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Summer lightning storm over Brighton’s West Pier. Despite the intensity of this storm, the size of this particular lightning strike and the accompanying boom of thunder made me jump out of my soaking wet skin Photograph: AlbiOne/GuardianWitness
Redpoll in a Snowstorm. A common redpoll sits out in the snowstorm that swept across the midwest of the USA last weekend. Redpolls are winter visitors from Arctic and one of the few birds that actually seem to enjoy the snow Photograph: lightwave/GuardianWitness
Summer lightning storm over Brighton’s West Pier. Despite the intensity of this storm, the size of this particular lightning strike and the accompanying boom of thunder made me jump out of my soaking wet skin Photograph: AlbiOne/GuardianWitness
Calm before the Storm. People walking along the boardwalk at Samil beach in Vigo Photograph: Olivier Guiberteau/GuardianWitness
Flooded bandstand. Southsea bandstand was flooded in the storms of early 2014 Photograph: Jon Neil/GuardianWitness
A sandstorm in Baghdad, Iraq. A snatched photo taken through the windscreen from the back seat of a US army Humvee bouncing along a broken street in Baghdad before a sandstorm on a hot day in May in 2004 - children in t-shirts and shorts. The puddles are pools of sewage from broken drains Photograph: ID3674506/GuardianWitness
Layers of weather. A low lying storm pounds the Yorkshire Dales Photograph: Simon Bleasdale/GuardianWitness
The Storm Arrives. Crossing a steaming street Photograph: Stephen Blumert/GuardianWitness
Storm Troopers. I loved this Storm Trooper street art Photograph: VernaEvans/GuardianWitness
Storm in a teacup? My grandchildren - about to fall out over ‘turns’ in the teacup! Photograph: PMK052/GuardianWitness
Stormy skies over Wat Krailat. A heavy brewing storm made for a contrasting background to the peaceful, white-stone reclining Buddha at Wat Krailat. Situated just off the coast of Hua Hin, Thailand, this huge thunderstorm rolled in from the sea not long after this photo was taken Photograph: ToriaFin/GuardianWitness
Stormy Sunset. Photograph: Janet Bongiovanni/GuardianWitness