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dispatches: June 2009

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14 JUNE 2009
Storms on the air: I talked with Court Lewis on "American Variety Radio" about storm chasing. It aired on the radio today and will be available online for a few weeks.

5 JUNE 2009

Night-blooming cereus
Weird nature: Around the neighborhood, the night-blooming cereus are making a spectactular show. Of course, the show is only at night, and for each bloom, it's only ONE night. I just have a couple of cuttings, but they have a few buds, and this photo shows how gorgeous they are when they bloom. It's hard to believe this stringy cactus can be so glamorous.

I posted photos from a gorgeous May 26 shelf cloud that swept over Brevard County toward the ocean. We've already had some nice storms, though I haven't found a lightning storm worth pursuing yet. The chasers in the Plains saw a dramatic tornado today, with an amazing shot of a tube-within-a-tube. It would have been nice to see, but my chase vacation is over, and I'm glad Vortex 2 finally got a good storm for their research project. See the video.