Beautiful Thunderheads, Magnificent Lightning, Wild Hail

March 23rd, 2016 – Dallas Area: Neighborhood Intercept. WOW!

Much to my joy, the dry line – originally progged to be much further east, hangs out considerably west of the DFW area until after my work day ends.

As a result, I am treated to breath taking thunderheads, a 1.5 hour magnificent lightning show, then a wild wind and hail storm sweeping through our neighborhood.

Following are photos and story:

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As setting sun descends into the horizon, a beautiful line of thunderheads gathers across our northwest sky, nearly taking my breath away with its splendor.

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Here is a zoom into my sea of excitement and awe.


Here is one wonderful souvenir of the magnificent lightning show. Photo looking west; distant lights show part of Richardson Texas.



This breath taking outburst would definitely qualify as one of God’s most magnificent fireworks. Notice too the “stacked plates” appearance of the thunderhead on the left. This indicates rotation or mesocyclonic type construction.


This breath taking lightning bolt further reveals the supercell structure of its parent thunderstorm. In addition to the circular “stacked plates” appearance, the cloud bank below may well be an inflow band or “beavers tail”.

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This is a video grab of the wind whipped hailstorm at its climax, showing leaves flying everywhere. The scene, illuminated by a distant lightning flash looks very much like being in the midst of a tornado.

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The hail attained half dollar size in my neighborhood. It’s the biggest I’ve personally seen in any yard I’ve ever lived (though saw much bigger stones in Oklahoma during my storm chase tours)

(C) Stephen Eric Levine, 2016.