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Lightning Season in West Virginia

July 16, 2000

By DAN ROBINSON
Storm Chaser/Photographer
25 Years of Storm Chasing
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Sunday afternoon and evening, moderate convection was producing a few scattered showers and light thunderstorms across West Virginia. The following are captures from video of an interesting cloud formation over Charleston at about 7:15pm. This narrow tower to the west began to build rapidly, and quickly hit a ceiling and 'anviled out'. However, the condensation at the cloud base diminished while the updraft continued lifting the cloud skyward. This resulted in a very odd-shaped formation- sort of a 'storm-less anvil'. The following sequence of images were 5 minutes apart:

Later that evening, lightning was visible to the east as a few cells managed to build to thunderstorm levels.

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