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storm gallery: February 14-March 31, 2001

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A roll of fog washes around the base of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center on February 14. Image from slide. The same morning, patchy fog shrouds the enormous VAB in a cottony cloak of moisture. Image from slide.




A shelf cloud briefly gets organized on a rare rainy day this winter in Florida, February 18, at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image from slide. At the end of a rare rainy day on the Space Coast, the sky cleared in the east just long enough to afford a brilliant sunset March 4. Image from slide.




The sunset shines a brilliant orange right on my street in Satellite Beach. Image from slide. Here's a shot of the sky to the east during the same sunset March 4. Image from slide.





In the absence of real weather, chasers on the Space Coast have to content themselves with blue-sky distractions. Here, the Air Force Thunderbirds perform above Patrick Air Force Base on March 24, 2001. Just how close ARE these guys? Images from slides.




On March 29, a line of severe or near-severe storms marched into Brevard County, Florida. Here, swirling dust is kicked up in Cocoa; the storm swoops in; and rain pushes out over the Indian River Lagoon, taking along orange smoke from a nearby fire.




A cloud tower builds by Space Coast Stadium in the Viera area of Melbourne, Florida, on March 31, 2001. Image from slide. A fast moving severe storm on the same day, March 31, approaches the Indian River Lagoon. Image from slide.


Links to 2001 chase reports:

  • February 14-March 31: Fog, a few storms and blue-sky distractions in drought-stricken Florida
  • May 6-8: Roiling severe storms in Oklahoma and a mothership in Kansas
  • May 9-11: Pretty storms in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri
  • May 16-19: Lightning and downpours during a Kansas chase and an outflow boundary from heck in Texas
  • May 20: A too-close encounter with a tornadic supercell in Oklahoma
  • May 23-27: Dust devils, Texas storms and a dust-bowl-style gust front in Kansas
  • May 28: Beautiful storms in Colorado and a tornado at dusk
  • May 29: A monster, rotating, layer-cake supercell in the Texas panhandle
  • May 30: A gorgeous storm from New Mexico that produced hail from hell
  • May 31-June 1: A look at Texas tornado damage and pretty rotating storms in Kansas
  • June 3-24: Severe storms and fantastic lightning in Florida
  • July 3-August 4: Shelf clouds sweep over the water in east-central Florida
  • August 10-11: The Florida Keys offer a skinny waterspout and shimmering sunsets
  • August 17-23: Florida again proves itself king of the shelf clouds, lightning and sunsets
  • August 31-September 24: A layered gust front, lightning and the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle


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