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storm gallery: August 5-20, 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.




Distant beachside lightning spits out of a storm cloud south of Sebastian, Florida, as seen from Melbourne Beach on August 5, 2000. Image from slide. A lovely little storm lit up the waves and made a rainbow off Indialantic, Florida, on August 12. Image from slide.




Here's another shot of that rainbow to the east, over the Atlantic, as the sun begins to set. Image from slide. I set off for the Florida Keys on August 19. A bird poses outside chaser Jim Leonard's home. Image from slide.




The open road is even more appealing when so much of it is over water, as it is here, near Islamorada in the Keys. Check out that sky! Image from video. Lightning zaps out from a storm cell over the Keys on August 19. Image from video.




Love that moon. Image from slide. This sunset in the Islamorada area blew me away. Image from slide.




Here's more of the gorgeous sunset. Image from slide. Postcard, anyone? Image from slide.




OK, I can't resist, just two more... Image from slide. OK, that's enough. Wow. Image from slide.




A cell sparks with lightning in the vicinity of Marathon Key after sunset. Image from slide. Once again, at slow exposure, the lightning illuminates the storm cloud. Image from slide.




A rain shaft gleams in the sun the morning of August 20. Image from slide. A fast updraft makes a typical tower for a Keys morning. Image from slide.




This cloud in the Islamorada area kindly produced a waterspout the morning of August 20. Image from slide. OK, so it's the smallest waterspout in the world. Click for the wide-angle view of the spout with the cloud base. Image from slide.




Here's a close-up look at the wispy little tube of the waterspout. Image from slide.




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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