Last night’s derecho, the confluence of thunderstorms that was supposed to wreak untold amounts of havoc around New York, was kind of a bust. It made for plenty of good Instagram material, sure, and it lent the city some Gotham-style brooding gravitas, but did it really live up to its thunderous hype?

There were a few intrepid videographers who were able to get some pretty compelling footage of the storm. Here are a few of the best clips.

Wild, cartoonish-looking lightning over 2nd Avenue in the East Village:

More EV lightning:

Thunderheads roll in ominously towards Astoria Park:

The storm raging over the Hudson, as seen from New Jersey:

Ooh, derecho dash-cam!

(Photo: H.L.I.T./Flickr)