Wednesday, July 24, 2013

07/23/2013 Big Storms and Lightning Everywhere

After last night's storms, a boundary moved through the area promising some severe storms and heavy rains for the drought stricken area.  They exploded around 5pm and quickly moved south.  When they hit Hutchinson, Kansas, there were reports of hail from baseball sized to grapefruit (4 inch) sized hail.  Several roofs were peeled back and parking lots were full of shattered glass.

The scary looking cloud next to the trademark may have quickened a few pulses.
Luckily the storm lost some punch as it came near the Wichita area and turned into one of the most impressive lightning storms I've seen in a couple years. I did not have my lightning detector in the field so I came home and waited for the strongest part of the storm to pass.  The photos below were taken on a 4-6 second timer while hiding in the garage.  With the lightnings strobe-like frequency and continuous ground strikes, it was not a good night to be the tallest in the field.  

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