We've never seen anything quite like this.
An ash tree on the campus of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, was apparently stripped of its bark by a bolt of lightning on Sunday night, according to local paper The Telegraph Herald and to a couple of Reddit users who uploaded photos to the social news site early Monday morning.
Take a look at the tree in the pic below:
Unfortunately, the future of the ash tree is uncertain. By stripping it of its bark, the lightning may have also stripped its phloem, the tissue responsible for transporting nutrients throughout a tree. Phloem is crucial for its survival.
(Hat tip, Hypervocal)