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2009 Storm Chasing & Photography Accounts, Photos and Videos

By DAN ROBINSON
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2009 broke my streak of seeing a tornado every year since 2004. The Great Plains spring season this year was a difficult one, with only a few good opportunities for tornadoes. Despite being tornado-less for the year, I brought home some memorable tower lightning shots from Oklahoma City, and succeeded in capturing extreme close-ups of lightning with a 1300mm lens. As a lightning photographer first, this made my 2009 an overall good year.

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2009 Storm Highlights

August 20, 2009
ELLENBORO, WV - Lightning in rural Ritchie County.

August 12, 2009
CHARLESTON, WV - Lightning over the WV State Capitol.

August 10, 2009
SCARY, WV - Fast-rising waters during a flash flood.

August 4, 2009
ST. ALBANS, WV - Extreme close-ups of lightning with a 1300mm lens.

July 26, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, WV - Lightning over the New River Gorge Bridge.

July 17, 2009
CHARLESTON, WV - Fort Hill spinout in rain.

June 26, 2009
CHARLESTON, WV - Sunset storms put on a show.

June 19, 2009
CHICAGO, IL - Lightning strikes the Sears Tower.

June 17, 2009
BIRCH RIVER, WV - A supercell crosses Appalachian terrain.

June 2, 2009
AMMA, WV - A barrage of frequent lightning at Amma.

June 2, 2009
MORGANTOWN, WV - Lightning over northern WV, including some WVU landmarks.

May 31, 2009
GRAYSON, KY - Two supercells in Kentucky and West Virginia.

May 28, 2009
CHARLESTON, WV - Severe storms create spectacular sights.

May 12-13, 2009
ST. LOUIS, MO - A trip to the midwest for a day of storm chasing.

May 8, 2009
St. ALBANS, WV - Close-ups of tower lightning.

May 1, 2009
TULSA, OK - Complete log from the 2009 Weather trip to the Great Plains.

April 26, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Amazing upward lightning at the OKC tower farm.

April 10, 2009
ST. ALBANS, WV - Another Kentucky trip, with a great tower lightning show at home.

April 5, 2009
Lightning in Lexington, KY.

March 13, 2009
Icy bridge accidents in Charleston, WV.

March 1, 2009
Snowstorm in Statesville, NC.

February 18, 2009
Winter lightning over Chelyan, WV.

February 11, 2009
Severe storm event in Charleston, WV.

January 27, 2009
Ice storm in Charleston, WV.

January 10, 2009
Close lightning and snow in St. Albans, WV.

All 2009 Storm Logs

January 2009:
1/1: Frost icing WV
1/8: Snow WV
1/10: Lightning WV
1/19: Icy roads WV
1/22: Frost icing WV
1/27: Ice Storm WV
1/30: Snow WV

February 2009:
2/11: Severe storm WV
2/18: Lightning WV

March 2009:
3/1: Snowstorm NC
3/12: Snow WV
3/13: Icy roads WV

April 2009:
4/5: Lightning KY
4/10: Lightning KY, WV
4/25: Tornado chase TX, OK
4/26: Tornado chase OK
4/30: Tornado chase OK

May 2009:
5/1: Tornado chase TX
5/8: Lightning WV
5/13: Lightning MO, IN
5/16: Thunderstorms WV
5/25: Flooding WV
5/26: Thunderstorms WV
5/27: Flooding WV
5/28: Severe storms WV
5/28: Lightning WV
5/31: Supercells WV, KY

June 2009:
6/2: Lightning WV
6/2: Lightning II WV
6/9: Lightning WV
6/11: Thunderstorms WV
6/17: Supercell WV
6/26: Lightning WV

July 2009:
- 7/1: Rainbow WV
7/10: Thunderstorms WV
- 7/17: Slick roads WV
7/20: Lightning chase WV
7/25: Lightning chase WV
7/26: Lightning chase WV

August 2009:
8/4: Close lightning WV
8/10: Flash flood WV
8/12: Lightning WV
8/20: Lightning WV

October 2009:
10/9: Fall storms WV
10/15: First snow WV

November 2009:
- 11/26: Wildfire WV
11/27: Snow WV

December 2009:
12/2: Severe storms NC
12/3: Thunderstorms NC
12/5: Snow WV
12/19: Snowstorm WV
12/20: Snow WV
12/25: Freezing rain PA

Catch of the Year:

April 26: Upward-moving 'ground-to-cloud' lightning strikes a tower in Oklahoma City, OK. [ Read more about this event ]

2009 Mileage
10,309
Winter 1,553
Tornado 5,249
General Weather 3,507

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