Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tornadoes in December?

It's been an atypical December in Wichita. This last week had warmer temps than normal, high humidity (with mostly drizzle for the last several days), and the big California storm inbound. Today was thick with overcast and rain, then around 6:31pm, the local National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Reno County. A touchdown was reported 2 miles NE of Harper.  I ran out just for the chance to see lightning before the long winter set in.  By the time I was in place the storm was too far out and had lost rotation.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Solar Eclipse 10/23/2014

I tried getting some eclipse photos last Thursday but ultimately the 920nm infrared filter didn't do the trick.  This is the Keeper of the Plains at the junction of the Little and Big Arkansas Rivers.
This was taken with the infrared filter.  I'm not sure why I'm getting the line to the left of center.

Finally, a little friend that's near the Keeper of the Plain.  The Troll that lives on the Arkansas River.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Eclipse 10/08/2014


Sunday, September 21, 2014

It's Been a While, Night Storm 092014

It's been another dry season.  We will take the rain when we can get it.  One previous band moved through with a lot of lightning and while heading home from an event, saw this storm building to the NW and stealing a lot of power from the previous line.  A small cold front moved though the area triggering the rain.

The storm started with a lot of lightning then suddenly died off.  These were located out between Hutchinson and Lindsborg around 10:30PM and were non-severe storms.

Ribbon of light cause by cars passing on Oliver.

Central storm.  Another developed along side it.

First nighttime pano.  30 second exposure, lights are from Valley Center.

Lots of cloud to cloud lightning, this was one of the few cloud to ground (CG) strikes.

Another CG strike

I wish I had this light trail with the previous CG strike.  I could Photoshop but have always been against Photoshoping unless it's basic adjusting.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Took a little vacation and tried an experiment.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Early 4th

It's been a quiet year for us at Rumination of Thunder.  Hopefully the rest of the summer will lead to great lightning and storm captures.

I love the Kechi Day's fireworks show.  It's put on by Krehbiel Fireworks who operate the tent at 61st and Woodlawn.  This year, I decided to try something new and used my lightning detector, sat back and enjoyed the show.  Here are some of the shots.

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