Although we've reached our long-awaited meteorological spring date of March 1, Midwest chasers enter the season with no "Storm Deprivation Syndrome" to speak of, since our winter has had its share of thunderstorms. Here's a roundup of the most interesting events I've covered since my last blog post on February 19th:
February 20 close lightning and hail - Festus, MO
February 20 brought a few sub-severe hailers to the St. Louis metro. Some cores covered the ground with pea-sized stones. All of the storms produced prolific lightning.
On this night, lightning hit a tree a few hundred feet behind my car south of Crystal City. Unfortunately, it was a single-stroke flash that was only partially captured due to the dashcam's rolling shutter:
The video has the loud thunder from that strike. I captured this still image across the river at Waterloo:
February 24 heavy snow/power outages, St. Louis
What may be our final winter weather event this season was on February 24, when a minor snowstorm moved across the St. Louis metro. Most areas saw only an inch or two, but a narrow band of heavy, wet snow over West County was enough to bring down some trees and power lines. My dashcam caught one instance of this happening in Des Peres - a power flash lit up the skies as the power along Manchester Road went out. Here is an animated GIF of that incident: