There was a lot of low level shear (winds heading in different directions with height) and a small chance of tornadoes. Storms that developed were primarily thought to be hail makers and windstorms. The shear gave a tiny chance to funnels and tornadoes. . . which came after dark.
The storms formed near a stationary front and essentially dropped all their rain on the same area for about three hours. I took this near sunset facing east. Notice the slightly puffed top on the left anvil. The storms inflow was strong enough that it broke through the anvil (top flat part of the storm) three times in an hour. Both of these storms created tornadoes. At this time, I don't believe any damage was reported.
March 29, 2012 had a slight chance of storms, but once I got off work and realized the storms were beginning to fire, and fire quickly. This photo was taken near the town of Bentley, Kansas.
The storms slowly moved and turned severe. Then decided to stall and hail.
New camera is in my hands and a handy dandy lightning detector arrived as well.
Last night with after a week of nearly continuous rain, we had clear sky. Just after sundown I went out and shot this off the deck. I'm still a little too close to the city, but this gave me an idea what I can do.
There are several issues I realized. I need a shutter release or timed release, I'm too close to city lights, out of focus but as stated, these are some of my first shots. More to come on clear nights and when storms hit the area.
The bright spot on the picture is Venus, below in the tree is Jupiter. Looking due west at 9:00pm.
Our friend the sun isn't feeling well and threw up. Not the "I ate too much milkshakes and my tummy is upset", more like Exorcist unrelenting torrents of pea soup puke. Tuesday it released a Class X flare towards the Earth. Meaning we may see aurora activity in the Midwest, have radio/satellite blackouts, planes may have to fly at lower altitudes for radiation concerns and the International Space Station may have been set on pre-heat. Ozone, save us now . . .
UPDATE: NOAA is reporting that this may be a glancing blow but may trigger Auroral activities where not commonly seen March 8th and 9th. The Wichita area will be looking at cloud cover and rain.