Spring Storm

People walk along the lakefront near the Oakwood/41st Street Beach as storm clouds roll over downtown Chicago Monday, April 25, 2016. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in north central and north eastern Illinois valid until 10 p.m. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

People walk along the lakefront near the Oakwood/41st Street Beach as storm clouds roll over downtown Chicago Monday, April 25, 2016. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in north central and north eastern Illinois valid until 10 p.m. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Lightning illuminates storm clouds over Lake Michigan near Foster Beach Monday, April 25, 2016, in Chicago. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in north central and north eastern Illinois valid until 10 p.m. Minutes later, lightning and downpour swept across much of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Lightning illuminates storm clouds over Lake Michigan near Foster Beach Monday, April 25, 2016, in Chicago. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in north central and north eastern Illinois valid until 10 p.m. Minutes later, lightning and downpour swept across much of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

It was such a beautiful day and gorgeous evening I actually thought the severe thunderstorm watch issued by the National Weather Service might turn out unnecessary. Moments after I photographed lightning over Lake Michigan, the downpour began, pretty much soaking me from head to toe. On my drive home, lighting crackled so loudly overhead it shook my car. Spring in Chicago.