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Lightning Season in West Virginia

May 24, 2000

By DAN ROBINSON
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Well, it happens three or four times a year- Charleston scores a direct hit by a great storm. Wednesday, May 24 was the first of one of these events in 2000.

After leaving church at 8:30 PM, I spotted the setting sun silhuetting a large, distant thunderstorm cell west of Charleston. I checked the radar (at left) and found the storm was in Ohio crossing into WV, heading straight for Charleston.

Grab the camera, film, tripod.....Time to go.

I headed downtown to the South Side Bridge over the Kanawha River, and set up the camera facing west in the middle of the bridge walkway as the storm moved in (radar below) quickly erasing the diminishing sunlight.

I've decided this bridge is a great spot to shoot storms. The view over the river is unobstructed, with streetlights far enough away to avoid glare. The large metal truss superstructure is a safe lightning shelter, and having a good umbrella keeps most of the rain off the lens.

By the way, the Charleston Daily Mail has a live webcam of the South Side bridge 24 hours a day. Next time it storms, look for the green and white umbrella.....

May 24 Photo Section

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