On February 16, 1998, a small tornado developed just west of Houston's Southwest Freeway (Hwy. 59S) at about 5:30 PM - well into rush hour. During that time of day, the traffic is bumper to bumper going south on 59. Sugar Land is a suburb of Houston, about 15 miles to the southwest, and it is here that the tornado developed and set down. There could have been hundreds of casualties due to the traffic conditions, but, miraculously, the tornado skipped over the freeway and set down in the parking lot of First Colony Mall, just east of the freeway. It was about 100 yards wide and plowed into the corner of the Dillard's store there, punching an impressively large hole in the building. Numerous cars were damaged, but there were no injuries or worse. I work about 1/2 mile from that mall and saw the funnel lift back up from the encounter with Dillard's. I chased the storm east, but was defeated by the traffic after about 7 miles. However, the rear side of the storm was alive with electrical activity - indeed, I have never seen anything like that before or since. It was a constant arcing of lightning all over the backside, which was a very dark, bulging dome. It looked quite like a fishnet made of lightning, and it was actively flickering all over the backside for as long as I could see the storm, which moved rapidly off to the east. I have never seen anything even close to an electrical display like that on the tornadic storms that I have observed - has anyone else?