Lucky Strike – June 14, 2016

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How lucky and joyful I was to witness not just one but a volley of sizzling, exquisite lightning strikes within one block of me, timed perfectly for my lunch hour June 14th.

Bolt after bolt, followed by almost ear splitting thunder crashes inspired my inner child to squeal and awe to fill my soul.

I had hungered so long for a show like this and today it came, snapping me out of a sleepy haze into alert, crisp wakefulness.

Thank you God for your amazing magnificence, and for your many lucky strikes on this day.

Storm Chase – Denton, TX -June 12,2016

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This chase features a wall cloud and nice hairy scud. Photo looking south towards Denton, TX.

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Magnificent stormy skies seethe closer as we maintain our position north of Denton.

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Nice dramatic shot as swirling storm clouds approach a church near our car.

We are treated to powerfully heavy rains – probably about a 9 out of 10 on the intensity scale, falling in huge drops spattering across the earth; lightning flickers and tremendous booms of thunder.

My passenger, Kris who is my wife’s daughter enjoyed the show. She had wanted to partake in a storm chase before leaving the next week for her home in Alabama.

She spoke my language; like a cheer leader, she commanded : “Come on! Give Stephen another nice big bolt!”

Awesome Lightning Show, May 26,2016

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This awe-inspiring unleashing takes place in one discharge, and the photo captures only a fraction of what exploded across the sky those few seconds.

It was worth the wait, and fortunately Friday was a vacation day for me, as a decaying yet potent thunderstorm cell slowly approached the Dallas Metro area late Thursday evening.

Right around my normalĀ  bedtime, vibrant ripples of light began pulsing across the southwestern and western horizons, slowly leaping closer.

The pure adrenaline of joy and eager anticipation fills my heart and keeps me awake long after normal fatigue would set in.

Sure enough, beginning around 11:15, my show arrives and I’m quite pleased.

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Another massive full sky dance of electric fire…

By the time the thunderstorm cell has reached my neighborhood, only drizzle rides the gusty wind. This makes for great ease in capturing the awe-inspiring, magnificent outbursts.

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A beautiful side winding river of light crosses the heavens

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Awesome jelly fish-like discharge loops around itself as I delight in the magnificence of God’s fireworks.

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I love all the little branchlets accompanying this vivid bolt.

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Sheet lightning dances across sky, illuminating low clouds from above, while city lights cast glow below.

Thank you God for the gift of life and the opportunities I have to celebrate your awesome majesty as it shows itself through dancing lightning and roaring thunder!

(C) Stephen Levine, 2016

Front Door Storm Chase-May 12, 2016

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This magnificent discharge leaps across sky as storm approaches our neighborhood.

As much as I love chasing storms, enjoying the freedom of vast skies and aiming towards, ultimately intercepting my intended sweet immersion, I also love jumping between front and back doors at home, intercepting weather coming to join me.

This night is just such a night, as dramatic bolts and frequent flashes dance across sky and loud rolls echo forth, while raindrops pummel our earth, watering and nourishing our greening trees and plants.

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This magnificent bolt dazzles my eyes and brings great joy to my heart.

(C) Stephen Levine, 2016

Storm Chase to Breath Taking Lightning

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Capturing two out of three multiple strikes on one amazing lightning discharge, near Terrell, TX; April 29, 2016.

Around 8 pm, I set off on a wild chase towards my southeast. The sun has just set and I’m aiming to intercept a vivid radar screen image currently rolling from southwest of Dallas towards the northeast.

As I reach I-30 from the north, my target reveals itself in breath taking bolts spasmodically linking earth and sky in the distance across my southern and into the southeastern sky.

My adrenaline rises and spirit quickens as I reach Rockwall and take the country road towards Terrell.

Closer and closer I come, with breath taking bolts now landing magnificently in front of me, some evaporating into beads before vanishing from sight. Wow! What magnificence!

Sometimes their dazzling images linger in my eyes, and thunder shakes the car roof.

Finally, about 5 miles from Terrell, I find a nice open spot to pull over and savor the show…

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In this photo, the windshield wiper frozen in motion makes for an artistic touch to this lightning capture.

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Here I’m virtually surrounded by lightning!

What joy this intercept brings to my heart and soul, and stresses from life circumstances around me dissipate, like thunder rumbling off into the distance.

(C) Stephen Levine, 2016

 

Jaw Dropping Lightning Captures-March 2016

Before our potent wind and hail storm moved in on the 23rd, I savored 1.5 hours of a most amazing lightning show, capturing some of my most awesome, jaw dropping lightning beauty yet:

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In this photo, you can see the circular mesocyclonic shape of the parent thunderstorm, and an apparent “beavers tail” arcing into it from the north and east.

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This is captured as the storm draws closer…

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All photos captured in Dallas, Texas area.

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.

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

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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.

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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.

Joy of Storm Hunting: A Dallas Observer Review

I love to share my photos and stories of wild weather as public presentations.

In 2011, the Dallas Observer did a wonderful review of one of my shows:

http://www.dallasobserver.com/arts/flashing-bulbs-and-bolts-the-joy-of-storm-hunting-by-stephen-levine-7094906