Sunday, July 25, 2010

Storms 072410

NOAA warned of a cold front a couple days ago.  The temps went from 100 to 85.

These first two pictures were taken at Oliver and 109thN.  Harvey County had a Severe Thunderstorm warning around 4:45pm when the first two shots were taken.  I can't decide if the large area of white on the first picture (Taken towards Newton) was a hail core or just very heavy rain.
The second was looking back towards Wichita.

The second group of pictures were taken just before the Severe Thunderstorm warning for NW Sedgwick.  The storm had set up several individual storms that were beginning to squall out.  When a storm squalls out there is a power sharing among the individual cells.  Sometimes this causes cells to power up temporarily and cause heavy rain, hail.  This is what occurred yesterday as the storm was gathering.  It was also powered by the heat of the day, and as the sun set and the local area cooled down from the cold front moving through the storms lost their punch and Wichita received some sorely needed rain.  The Butler Co Storm (3rd pic) had a nice inflow and possible wall cloud on it.  It didn't last.  Both storms had little areas of rotation caused by the winds of the cold front smacking it around, but as stated the storm evened out and lost power.

Friday, July 16, 2010

July 12, 2010 lighting

I took a couple hundred storm photos this night and found that the photo editor (Picasa, yeah . . . big spender) had a time lapse feature.

I didn't get many straight bolts on the storm but a lot of cloud to ground.  When running thought the photos in a strip type line, I noticed a lot of lightning that wouldn't stand out alone in a pic, but streamed together was interesting.

July 12th, 2010 later that day

Walked out of school and found another storm down south.

I put this on attempting to get some publicity for the website.

This storm was slowly dying and generating a lot of lightning.  I stayed out watching the storm for about 45 minutes trying a couple of different techniques to capture.

There were continuous cloud to cloud lightning but only a few cloud to ground.

Didn't have any issues other than lots of bugs.

July 12th, 2010 mid afternoon

Left work and luckily had the camera with me.

On the left side I thought we might have a wall cloud, ultimately it didn't rotate or do much.  NOAA did refer to this as having a pseudo-cold front.  Notice the line of clouds just off the horizon right of center.

There was a lot of rain out to the northwest but otherwise not too much going on.

July 11, 2010 and all is quiet

Some storms did move south of the border.  Other than that, not much.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Manmade Thunder and Lightning

Because nature is only providing rain . . .

Late Forth show due to rain