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The Ring of Fire

By DAN ROBINSON
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25 Years of Storm Chasing
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Lightning over the Owens Industrial Warehouse, viewed from the Kanawha Mall parking lot in Kanawha City on Sunday, June 28, 1998, 9:40 A.M.

The view is looking north over the old warehouse, which has since been torn down to make way for a somewhat controversial shopping center.

Carnival rides are visible along the north end of the mall parking lot. Interestingly, the circular ride that the lightning passes behind is called the "Ring of Fire".

These three very bright, loud flashes occured several thousanths of a second apart, but they appeared to the eyes to strike simultaneously.

This was the first of a large storm system that caused major flooding just north of Charleston. The storms were 'training'- meaning several storms moved single-file over the same area, dumping heavy amounts of rain and causing severe flooding.

Camera/Lens/Film: 35mm Minolta SRT201 SLR, 35mm lens, Kodak 100 ASA.
Exposure: 5 seconds @ F11

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