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Close lightning, close to home - June 16, 2014

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DASHCAM VIDEO: Close lightning strikes near New Baden

After expecting to chase supercells on Sunday evening then lightning overnight, the atmosphere had other ideas. Storms did not develop at all, and I never left home until just before sunrise this morning. I logged 4 miles total - traveling 2 miles south of my apartment to watch new storms pass by to the south of New Baden. The storms backbuilt to the west and eventually moved north - just as they did, a barrage of close bolts rained down. I managed to capture one:

Closer crop showing two impact points:

More images from the storms south of town - this first one shows the growing sunrise light to the left, accenting a curling rain foot from the storm's precip core:

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Two simultaneous tornadoes near pilger, and I'm not talking one main one and one satellite one. Two violent tornadoes a few miles apart. Their paths were slightly different. The town seemed to have gotten some pretty bad damage. Prayers to all affected.
- Posted by Tim
Pilger, Nebraska. I don't think I've ever seen two simultaneous violent tornadoes at once. Historic for sure. Ben mcmillan got it all live.
- Posted by Tim

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