Lane I chased up to New Boston, TX to watch for storms. We pretty much busted. The best picture I got was this one. And it’s not even a picture, but a vidcap. No, that’s not a tornado, just a very low shelf cloud and throw in the shading from the trees and the windshield wiper. But throw that lightning in there and it was a beautiful moment for us.
We did catch this lightning hitting the gas station on the other side of the freeway from the Army Depot near New Boston, TX. That led to the video afterward, which is what happens when you’ve been chasing for 30 hours and you’re exhausted and you have what we called the “Midnight Follies” in the Navy. You reach a point of exhaustion where you’re almost drunk and you act silly and everything is funny.
On 7/14/15 a decent line of storms came in from TN. I head up to Fayetteville, TN initially to catch the line early because I was worried it would lose strength at is entered Alabama (it did). In Huntsville, we got one helluva lightning show, though.
Fayetteville, TN and parts east toward Huntland, TN:
View looking north on US-64 near SR-50 intersection.
Inside the Whale’s Mouth!
View looking north from US-64 just west of Huntland, TN. This picture was used on The Weather Channel about 40 minutes after I took it!
Massive shelf cloud.
Back inside the Whale’s Mouth.
Huntsville, AL: I could post hundreds of lightning pictures from the Huntsville area. Instead, I’ll post one picture of damage and then a lightning compilation video.
On 7/1 a rather decent storm (for Alabama standards, that is) came into the area. Unfortunately, I couldn’t chase because I was working. But I put the GoPro out on the patio, hit record, and came back an hour later hoping I got at least something. It wasn’t much, but dammit, it was something!
On 5/20/15, storms entered the Huntsville, AL area by coming over Redstone Arsenal. I sat on Martin Rd looking SW into Redstone (I can’t get on the base) and watched the storms come over me. Here are a few stills and a timelapse of the storm coming in. As always, you can click on the image to see the full size.
5/20/15 View SW on Martin Rd. looking toward Redstone Arsenal.
#Shelfie! Initial shelf cloud rolling in. View SW on Martin Rd looking toward Redstone Arsenal.
And then it got spooky dark. View SW from Martin Rd looking toward Redstone Arsenal.