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storm gallery: August 31-September 24, 2001

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It's been a season of never-ending layered gust fronts in central Florida. Here's one forming on August 31, 2001, as seen from Route 528. Image from slide. Cheryl Chang and I had another view of it from an overpass over I-95, on Route 50. Image from slide.

We saw the gust front continue to pass over the Interstate, moving east, on August 31. Image from slide. September 1, Cheryl Chang and I again tried chasing. This time, the lightning storms were a bit too far for really great shots, but we tried to shoot them anyway from west of Titusville, Florida. Image from slide.

Here's a little more distant lightning. Image from slide. The storm culminated in a couple of nice anvil crawlers. Image from slide.

On September 14, Tropical Storm Gabrielle brought tornadoes to Brevard County, Florida, as well as stout waves. A surfer enjoys them here at Satellite Beach. Image from slide. The tropical storm came across Florida from the west coast of the peninsula and entrained a lot of dry air, resulting in high winds by sunset but dry skies. Here, a flag flies at half-mast to commemorate the thousands of people killed in the terrorist attacks just three days before. Image from slide.

The passing tropical storm left a pretty sunset behind on Florida's east coast. Image from slide.

A magnificent dawn lit up these clouds over the ocean off Satellite Beach, Florida, on September 24. This view is looking east. Image from slide. In the west, the dawn created these beautiful rays of orange light against the dark blue sky. 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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