Stormy Afternoon: Teays Valley, Nitro & Charleston, WV - August 27, 2003 - 3:30PM-5:30PM
RAW VIDEO: RealVideo, 1.2MB - Frequent and close lightning in Putnam County
More video coming soon
Not much of an expedition this afternoon, mainly just turning on the dash-mounted video camera and driving home from the office. At 4:30PM, a small line of thunderstorms fired up in western Putnam County and morphed into a rather large single cell that tracked eastward into Kanawha County and over Charleston. Cloud-to-ground lightning was the big story today - frequent, bright and many times close. Nearly every community in the middle Kanawha Valley was affected by the storm, including St. Albans, Nitro, Cross Lanes, Dunbar, South Charleston and Kanawha City.
At first, I stopped briefly at the Teays Valley Kroger's parking lot and filmed the incoming storms for a few minutes before heading east.
Got a big scare when I was involved in a minor two-vehicle accident on rain-slickened Interstate 64 on the big bridge at Nitro. Thankfully no one was hurt and damage to the vehicles was almost nonexistent.
After arriving in Charleston, I stopped on Fort Hill to film a faint rainbow with distant lightning over the State Capitol. The thunderstorm dissipated quickly afterward.
Frames from video:
Lightning and rainbow over the State Capitol:
Very close lightning at Scary Creek on Teays Valley Road:
Close lightning strike at Teays Valley Kroger's:
Digital Video: Sony DCR-TRV900 3CCD MiniDV, 720x480 NTSC
35mm Camera/Lens/Film: Pentax K1000 SLR, 200mm lens, Fuji Sensia 100 slides.
35mm Exposure: 1/125th second @ F8