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storm gallery: June 3-24, 2001

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On June 3, during the second day of my drive home from the Plains, I saw a couple of great cells, which were in Osceola County, Florida. (The bugs on the windshield aren't so great.) At the time, Steve Sponsler and Cheryl Chang saw a tornado out of the eastern storm. I was way too far north to hope to see anything. Image from video. The cluster of storms was only severe by the time I met it in Orlando. Great rainbow, though! Image from slide.

Here's another view of that rainbow. Image from slide. A few days later, I was east of Orlando, looking for lightning. This shelf cloud formed briefly out of the storms. Image from slide.

One storm briefly produced some nice cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. Images from slides.

Here are a couple more lightning strikes from that night. Images from slides.

On June 13, west of Cocoa, Florida, I saw some beautiful anvil crawlers. Images from slides.

On a chase June 16 in Okeechobee, Polk and other counties in central Florida, Cheryl Chang and I saw lots of storms go up. Image from slide. One storm had a beautiful anvil and probably produced the lightning that caused a brush fire we saw. Image from slide.

This little fellow was oblivious to the rolling thunder. Image from slide. We admired the pretty convection as we ran into Lee Nicholas and his storm-chasing crew from the Orlando area. Image from slide.

Cheryl and I stopped on Route 520 west of Cocoa, Florida, for a great lightning show. Images from slides.

The bolts kept coming, and the show lasted for 30 to 40 minutes, a rare duration for Florida. Image from slide. The bolts came from a line of storms that included a severe storm that hit Titusville. Image from slide.

Here are a couple more shots... Image from slide. What's amazing is that several strikes would occur almost simultaneously; these multiple strikes are not the result of a long time exposure. Image from slide.

A beautiful storm on June 17 shot out daytime bolts in east-central Florida. Image from slide. Here's another one! I stayed in the car to avoid getting struck. Image from slide.

As the storms went out to sea, they popped out a few more bolts. This was seen from Indialantic right after sunset. Image from slide.

Another storm moves over the Indian River on June 23. Image from slide. I was in the wrong place June 24, west of Melbourne, Florida. The storm in the picture is to my southeast - in the general area where a tornado did damage in Sebastian. 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 1: A layered gust front and a little lightning in moody skies
  • August 31-September 24: A layered gust front, lightning and the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle

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