June 16 - Goodland, Kansas
- Our last chase day of the season...
- Our group started the day off in Colby,
Kansas and it we headed west into Colorado to chase a couple
of storms that had popped up there, but it became clear very
quickly that they were becoming outflow dominant and were dying.
So, we turned back and headed east towards Kansas again when
a couple of other storms popped up in a better environment.
- We went after them, but by the time
we got to where they were, they too were dead. All was not lost
though! Back to the west, a huge squall line had formed and was
heading our way.
- We found an open spot north of Goodland,
Kansas and waited for it to come to us. The shelf cloud on this
storm was amazing.. AND it was moving slowly, so we had plenty
of time to set up some shots and really capture this thing as
it got closer and closer.
- I totally lucked out and got a really
nice lightning photo with dramatic colors as we were overtaken
by the storm. It was all I could do to steady my tripod in the
fierce winds as I tried to take long exposure shots. The combination
of the blue clouds, the purple sunlight that was being filtered
through the rain and the green & yellow fields made me a
very happy photographer. What you see here is only a small sample
of the photographs I took.
- As darkness set in, we drove back to
Colby, and as were were on the road, I continued to take lightning
photos from the moving vehicle, with some nice results and even
after we arrived at the motel, the lightning was STILL ongoing,
so of course, I had to keep shooting.
- Some of the bolts were extremely close,
so I had to find a sheltered area at the back of the motel where
I could be safe and stay out of the rain as much as I could.
- There was even some upward lightning
that came up off a nearby radio transmission antenna. A rare
treat to capture in a photograph.
- What a nice way to wrap up the season.
It was one of the most photogenic storms of the year.