Lava-fueled storm produced more than 1,000 lightning strikes

U.S. Geological Survey This drone photo, taken in the overnight hours of July 2-3, shows fissure No. 8 with rolling lava fountains remaining within the cinder cone and a flowing incandescent channel. The black jigsaw-like features in the lower center of the photo are pieces of cooled lava crust flowing on the surface of the channel.
Fissure 8 and the upper lava channel, viewed from the early morning helicopter overflight of the lower East Rift Zone. Recent heavy rains have soaked into the still-warm tephra and the moisture rises as steam. (U.S. Geological Survey/Courtesy Photo)

HILO — Monday’s thunderstorm over the active lava fields in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano produced about 1,200 lightning strikes between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.