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storm gallery: August 25, 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 bolt hits the ocean from a storm that probably formed over the gulf stream in this undated photo, shot from Satellite Beach, Florida. Image from slide. In case you were wondering just what this beach community looks like, here it is from the air. No wonder we fear hurricanes! Image from slide.

A storm lured me to the Kissimmee-St. Cloud area on August 25, where lots of hot bolts hit around the car. In a parking lot, I ran into Cheryl Chang and Steve Sponsler, too. Images from video.

I took my chase farther east, off Route 441. Bolts began flying. Image from slide. I was waiting for the tower to take a hit. Image from slide.

Here we go - it looks as if a skinny leader is linked to the tower, but the main channel of charge goes to the left! However, some experts tell me the skinny bolt may simply be a branch terminating behind the tower. Judge for yourself. Image from slide. Here's another crawler for good luck. Image from slide.

I got home to Indialantic, on the coast, and the show went on! Image from slide. Nature's fireworks are the best. 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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