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storm gallery: August 26, 2000

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August 26, 2000, started out as a little chase in east-central Florida ... then got longer and longer. Here's what LOOKED like a funnel, coming from a storm cloud, when I was several miles west of Yeehaw Junction in the middle of the state; before I could stop the car and start filming, it looked even more needlish. Whether it was anything more than ambitious scud clouds, I can't say, but it was quite persistent and fun to look at. Florida storms are odd, fast-changing beasts. Image from video. Still on Route 60, I continued west, running into this pretty storm. Image from slide.

The storm evolved quickly into a beautiful gust front. Image from slide. As I neared the Tampa area, the lightning started hitting, hard. This one was a "flang" - I heard the bang when I saw the flash, as it was very close to the car. The sound scared me nearly to death! Image from video.

Here's a series of bolts that lit up the sky as I drove west. The lightning was intense. Images from video.

Here's one more - a highway overpass near Tampa takes a hit from a big bolt. Image from video. The storms were dying fast near sunset, allowing some light to hit convective clouds to the east. The color was gorgeous. Image from slide.

One more storm led me on a not-so-merry chase on busy coastal roads south to Sarasota, where I caught a few bolts out of a storm that, by the time I got a good vantage point, was starting to croak over the Gulf of Mexico. Image from slide. This was my favorite of all the strokes. When storms start to die, they produce some of the best anvil crawlers. This one tied itself into knots as it spun out over Sarasota. 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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