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storm gallery: August 17-23, 2001

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South of Fellsmere, Florida, on August 17, 2001, a gust front briefly attains a laminar appearance over the orange groves. Image from slide. By the time I got to Lake Okeechobee, the storms were dying. Alas, this is not a spinning vortex, only a spun spider web on a dock railing. Image from slide.




August 18 looked promising, as storm anvils lined up on the sea breeze collision in central Florida. This nascent storm formed to the east of the line. Image from video. Just west of Christmas, the storm became electrically active, striking radio towers, trees and the ground. Here's a series of images. Images from video.




Here are more bolts, grabbed from video. The second in this group is a composite of two frames that occurred in quick succession. Click for full-frame images. Images from video.




The storm had a heavy rain core. Image from video. Then it began to form a gust front, with a budding shelf cloud. Image from video.




Just east of the St. John's River on Route 50, the gust front was forming beautiful layers. The third image shows the belly of the beast, after the passage of the gust front. Images from slides.




The storm blew through Titusville. This was shot from the causeway east of town. Image from video. The storm managed to kick up surf on the Indian River as it whooshed through. Image from video.




Here's another nice Florida sunset, seen from north Melbourne on Aug. 22. Image from slide. After midnight, distant lightning storms look like glowing ghosts beyond the lights of Port Canaveral. 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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