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Sunday storms - Putnam and Kanawha Counties, WV
It feels strange getting these shots posted, since I haven't even started editing my Plains trip photos yet. Anyway, some strong convection actually made it into the Charleston area this afternoon. I started in Winfield and worked my way back to Charleston with the storm, dealing with heavy rain, hail and extremely slow traffic! I guess no one around here knows what to do in pea-sized hail - which by the way, was the largest I saw. The LSRs show a couple of 1" reports around the state.
Had it not been for the slow cars, I would have made it to Fort Hill to catch some vivid cloud-to-ground lightning as the storms arrived downtown. The dashcam caught a close strike within 1/4 mile around Bullitt Street, but I don't think the CMOS chip was able to capture a usable image. The best display of the day was the exploding storms behind the first squall line, up in Clay and Braxton counties. I got some great HD timelapse of this, which redeemed the otherwise photography-lacking chase.
HD EXPEDITION VIDEO: West Virginia thunderstorms - June 1, 2008
Hailstones on the back porch, caught on SkyCam #2: