In this paper, we present the temporal evolution of Rita's landfall. We suggest that the convective updraft and lightning associated with landfall mark a transition between oceanic hurricane dynamics and continental thunderstorm dynamics as a result of the rapid changes in water vapor, temperature, and wind profiles as the hurricane moved onto shore. Lightning is a direct consequence of the electrification and breakdown processes that take place during the convective stages of thunderstorm development. As Rita makes landfall, the eye shows signs of collapse, and overhead infrared imagery from the GOES satellite depict billowing features that are more typically seen in land-based thunderstorms. In addition to the LDAR II lightning data, we present Very-Low Frequency (VLF) lightning data recorded by the Los Alamos Sferic Array (LASA). VLF can discriminate between lightning types, and in the LASA data, Rita landfall lightning activity was dominated by Narrow Bi-polar Events (NBEs)---high-energy, high-altitude, compact intra-cloud discharges. The opportunity to locate NBE lightning sources in altitude may be particularly useful in quantifying the vertical extent (strength) of the convective development and in possibly deducing vertical charge distributions.