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storm gallery: April 15-16, 2000

To see a larger version of a photo, just click on its thumbnail image below. Then, to get back to this page, hit the "back" button on your browser. Photos noted as taken from video were shot with a digital video camera.

A severe storm hits Brevard County, Florida, on April 15. Here's a view of it from Palm Bay. Photo from video. And here's another view. Photo from video.

The storm moved east, out over the Indian River. Photo from video. Down by Vero Beach, a storm had a mini flanking line. Photo from video.

Views of the storm over the beach: The third one seems to be sun filtering through the clouds and lighting up rain spray as it hits the water ... then there was a rainbow (a good "real" photo of the rainbow is pending, after I get some non-green photos printed). Except for the first, these images are from video.

About 9 p.m., looking over the Indian River by the Melbourne Causeway: Lightning lit up the clouds. Photo from video. This was a bolt off Satellite Beach.

More fireworks off Satellite Beach ... set the departing storm aglow.

The next day, April 16, was less stormy, but this odd little cell at Holopaw, Florida, had all the appearance and layers of a rotating mini-mothership. Cheryl Chang and I "chased" it, standing still, for several minutes. As the storms faded, the descending sun lit up the rain.

Links to 2000 chase images:

  • April 15-16: Storms and lightning spark the skies over the Space Coast in Florida
  • May 9-11: The Plains chase begins, and a beast of a storm produces damaging tornadoes in Iowa
  • May 12-13: Mushy storms in Illinois are heavy with warnings and hot with lightning; plus an eerie sunset
  • May 16: A storm in eastern Wyoming produces picturesque funnels and a quick tornado
  • May 17-24: A smorgasbord of storms, including a beautiful little bomb in Arkansas
  • May 25-27: Panhandle lightning, a shear funnel, and an amazing white funnel in Texas that really wanted to be a tornado
  • May 29-June 2: A gorgeous, weird storm in Nebraska and a dust storm that blew away a greenhouse in Goodland, Kansas
  • June 24-July 29: Spectacular lightning storms and gust fronts sweep through Florida
  • August 5-20: An ocean rainbow and a trip to the Florida Keys for a waterspout and glorious skies
  • August 25: A night of brilliant lightning in three different locations
  • August 26: A chase across Florida, from Vero Beach to Sarasota, through lots of hot bolts
  • September 4-26: Nifty lightning and a chase of marginal Hurricane Gordon

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