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Summer's Last: Lightning at Dunbar, Parkersburg, & Arbuckle WV, - August 18 - September 3, 2002

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As summer winds down, storms become increasingly scarce in the Mountain State. During late August/early September of 2002, West Virginia saw three brief storm events.

First Photo: Parkersburg, WV; September 3, 2002
Exposure: 30 seconds @ F8

Due to my underestimating the distance between exits on I-77, I initially overshot this storm and hit the rain too soon, consequently missing the best lightning of the night. After pulling over and grabbing this shot, the storm moved off to the east away from the Interstate corridor, into no-man's land.

Second Photo: Dunbar, WV; Mid-August 2002
Exposure: 1/60th second @ F5.6, manual trigger

This twilight shot was taken just before church on a Sunday evening.

Third Photo: Arbuckle, WV; Late August 2002
Exposure: 2 minutes @ F5.6

The storms were moving into Mason County this evening and weakening, but I decided to try for them anyway. I set up the camera on a gravel road off of Route 35 across the river from Arbuckle and opened the shutter. I saw a few weak flashes, but didn't realize that I had caught this cloud-to-ground strike until I got the slides back from the lab.

Camera/Lens/Film: 35mm Pentax K1000 SLR, 28mm lens, Fujichrome Sensia II 100 slides.

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