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                   Friday, June 27, 2008 - 11:01PM

Pittsburgh lightning and Fairmont, WV storm

By DAN ROBINSON
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HD CHASE VIDEO: Lightning over downtown Pittsburgh, June 26

(Post updated 6/27 to add some additional photos) I picked up these shots in downtown Pittsburgh on Thursday night. This was a very cooperative storm, staying active until after sunset and not raining on me after I got the cameras set up. The lightning was mainly the stratiform-region anvil crawler variety, with the occasional branchless cloud-to-ground connection (the intense sonic-booming variety). This type of CG lightning is usually very bright, requiring a stop-down to F10 for most of these photos. The main storm cores passed over town prior to sunset, raining out the Pirates-Yankees game.


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On the way up from Charleston, I ran into this decent storm at Fairmont:


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The following comments were posted before this site switched to a new comment system on August 27, 2016:

Hi Dan, were these taken on the Canon ? Fantastic photo's
- Posted by Mick from United Kingdom
Great shots!!! I'm in Florida and my family lives in the 'Burgh'. They said this was a severe storm.
- Posted by Bet from Bradenton
Thanks for the comments! This was shot on the Canon with the 18-55 EF (at the wide end).
- Posted by Dan R. from Washington, PA
Very nice :)
- Posted by Beau Dodson from West KY
Brilliant shots Dan :)
- Posted by Bob from England
Congrats on the branchless strikes, true gems!
- Posted by Paul from Decatur IL

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