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                   Friday, November 3, 2017

Late September - early November 2, 2017 storms and weather roundup

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A short roundup from mid-September through the first few days of November in 2017:

September 18: St. Louis storms

The typical run downtown for incoming storms. No photos or videos captured.

October 9: St. Louis supercell lightning

This slow-moving supercell storm formed to the east of downtown St. Louis at dusk. I shot it for about 20 minutes from Caseyville as it produced frequent high-altitude anvil discharges and occasional cloud-to-ground bolts:

As the storms drifted northeast, I went back into town to shoot the western side of the cells. The lightning was not very cooperative.

October 10: Southern Illinois severe storms

An outing from Red Bud to Coulterville for severe storms. No photos or videos captured.

November 2: Fall Illinois lightning show

Sort of a surprise thunderstorm event snuck up on me last night - I say "sort of" only because my lack of awareness was due to an extended period of work days causing me to break my usual routine of daily weather monitoring. Models had these storms nailed in timing and placement, and I only needed to drive south 15 miles to set up for these shots. Unfortunately, the storms only produced a regular barrage of visible cloud-to-ground bolts while the storm was still 15 miles to my west (resulting in the orange hue). The bolts migrated deep into the heavy rain shortly thereafter, ending the photogenic phase of the event. These were shot at Tilden, IL while the storm was over Red Bud (south of St. Louis) with a Canon 50mm F1.8 lens.

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