Rain was forecast for today.
Then the rain hit hard last night and into the early morning.
Then clear skies were predicted.
Then clouds persisted into the mid-afternoon.
I left work and saw the clouds part. I went to a parking lot where I had a clear view of the setting sun. Snapped together my aging equipment, threw a blanket over my head and the camera so that I could see the image. Captured with a Nikon D300, through a 1200mm reflector. Processed using Darktable and Gimp.
Woke up earlier than expected to see it take place. Estimates were far off, though. When I went outside to see whether weather had snuffed my opportunity, this is what I saw:
My youngest came out–escorted by my wife–blinking to comprehend what I was showing him.
I watched, I wondered, and then I shot a few more photos.
And then clouds moved in:
Friday night lights!
A warm, dense mass of air came up from the Gulf of Mexico. A formidable winter storm (named Atlas) was moving eastward.
The two natural forces collided over Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. The result: several tornadoes, hail, as well as massive amounts of rain and snow.
We received a spectacular lightning storm–and enough rain to cause small streams and small rivers in residential areas. Thankfully, the severe weather missed us.
Here are a few shots that I captured last night. Enjoy, and thank you again for following!
Above: Most of the lightning was above the cloud ceiling–this strike made it below the clouds.
Above: Lightning illuminates the angry sky. Those clouds look very stretchy–like cotton candy!
Above: More lightning-lit clouds.
Above: It starts above, weaves through the clouds, and then peaks out below.
Above: It was pitch black. The wind-driven rain began pelting me and my camera. Then lightning struck.