Gathering Storm

Pilot Santiago Borja captured a stunning image last month of lightning flashes exposing a massive storm high above the Pacific Ocean.

At an altitude of 37,000 feet, Borja caught an isolated cloud in the middle of a threatening thunderstorm while flying from New York to Guayaquil, Ecuador.

“It is not very common to have the luck of flying by an isolated storm this big,” said Borja to NBC News. “Usually they are all embedded into clouds making it impossible to be seen, you have to use the radar.

Gathering Storm