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                   Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 12:44AM

Storms return to WV - lightning over the State Capitol

By DAN ROBINSON
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A few good ones got away tonight, some by mere seconds. Every second counts in storm photography - I missed a vivid cloud-to-ground strike behind the Capitol dome by about 10 seconds as I set up the camera. Ouch. If my tripod hadn't kept the rear tailgate from latching at my previous location (which opened back up as I drove away, requiring me to stop), I'd have caught the shot. You win some and lose some in this game.

I got one decent shot, though it's not likely to be added to this month's 'keeper' file due to the Capitol being a slight bit out of focus. Some strange tropical-like storms tonight, dropping torrents of rain with mostly imbedded, obscured lightning. Mileage tonight was above average, with a trip to Ravenswood which was an outright bust. Again, the best action was right here at home, continuing the 2008 trend.

I'm not sure if the show is over for tonight - with an approaching frontal boundary, plenty of moisture and a little upper support, something could go anytime. I don't think I'm up to an all-night watch tonight, so I'll probably do the old 'crack the window so thunder will wake me up' trick.

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