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                   Friday, May 14, 2010 - 8:50PM CDT

Midnight lightning from near Germantown, IL

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With the passage of the cold front last evening, I expected the storm chances went with it. However, some strong elevated convection fired behind the front in southwest Illinois at midnight, just to the east of New Baden. I drove east a short distance west of Germantown to set up in a field. My photo session was quickly ended by post-frontal low stratus clouds streaming in from the northwest, which blocked the view of the storms. Due to the rapid motion of the storms eastward, and their infrequent visible lightning production in the segments close to I-64, I decided not to give chase farther east. This bolt - the only capture from the night - emerged from the very top of the convective tower, arcing down the back side to the ground.

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