Sunrise from NOAA Station MCGM4, Marquette, MI

Sunrise No. 1,304 of 1,600+

  • Sunrise time: 6:24
  • Azimuth: 60°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: No.


  • Felt like: 63 ºF
  • Air Temp: 63 ºF
  • Humidity: 94%
  • Wind: 17 mph
  • Wind gust: 20 mph


  • 26mm
  • f/8.0
  • 20 sec
  • 100


NOAA Station MCGM4, Marquette, MI

0.6 mile commute

📍 46° 32' 44" N, -87° 22' 42" W

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Musings [244 words]

To date, this is the only sunrise photo with lightning. Even seeing lightning at sunrise has been an exceedingly rare occurrence. Maybe it has happened three times at sunrise in nearly four years, looking at an average of once a year at best, this time, it was actually in the direction of the sun.

It’s not a remarkable lightning photo, hardly a remarkable photo at all. But it does represent the morning well. After all, I took very few photos that morning, standing in the pouring rain.

Though there have been countless sunrises in the rain, sunrising in the pouring rain has always been a rare exception. Countless times during this journey I have woken up to pouring rain, expecting to be drenched at sunrise. Most of those mornings it was reduced to a modest rain or a drizzle by the time I got out the door.

On this morning, I was entirely drenched through.

The misconception is that this is a “bad” sunrise, or “the sun didn’t rise” or that it’s “bad” weather. Those are all wrong.

This was a memorable sunrise, a refreshing summer rain when I questioned, “This is amazing out! Where is everyone?!” Calm, clear 65º summer mornings, when the beach is busiest at sunrise, can never liven the spirit the way these sunrises do.

… I’m happy some lightning snuck into one photo.

I love seeing this photo next to this outtake, also on July 27, one year earlier.

Marquette Lighthouse at Sunrise


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