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April Wildness

Our storm season has finally begun in earnest this April and has treated me to hours of savoring celestial wildness! The above photo is captured about 10 miles north of Farmersville, TX during a storm intercept after work on April 13th.

This hail was collected in my neighborhood after another lucky Friday storm, April 6th, 2018. Some stones attained 1.25 inches diameter.

Wild boiling thunderheads greet me on April 13 as my work day unfolds. “I must go as soon as possible and intercept this!” I say to myself. The sheer power and wildness of this scene causes my heart to race with the anticipation of the chase. It takes me 1.5 hours to attain my goal and intercept the outer boundary of a hailstorm, 10 to 15 miles north of Farmersville, TX.

These seething, boiling clouds move in various directions, silhouetted against a hailstorm. It’s my first capture north of Farmersville on April 13th.

This photo reveals a partially rain/hail wrapped funnel cloud in Murphy, TX; about five miles from my location. There’s even an inflow tail at its upper right. Captured near my neighborhood after a  frantic “rush hour” chase from work on April 6th. This particular storm moved from the northwest to southeast, a somewhat unusual direction for our area.

The funnel above occurred ahead of the cold front on April 6th. This photo shows low clouds rushing southward just behind the cold front as it pushes through after the first storm, bringing a dramatic temperature drop. Behind these clouds to the right side of this photo is a gathering thunderstorm for a lovely second encounter with Celestial Wildness. This is the storm which produced the large hail posted earlier.

This is the scene which greets me after work on Friday April 6th, looking north. Despite its distance from my location, I could still hear thunder from deep within.  My focus becomes getting through the evening traffic as  quick as possible, and determining the best route to reach it.  The funnel cloud posted above is one of my first rewards from the chase.

On April 13th, after chasing from Dallas to Farmersville, TX, my spirit rejoices as a band of thunderstorms develop immediately along a cold front literally just west of our neighborhood. This photo looks southeast.  My entire evening, from chase and deliverance to neighborhood fireworks feels like a mini storm chase vacation. The freedom and unfettered joy of dancing with celestial wildness fills my heart and spirit.

This is my parting shot before returning home on April 13th. Gazing east, I give a verbal prayer of thanks to God for moving through and dancing within this sheer magnificence, and my opportunity to savor and dance with God.

 

Storm Chase – Denton, TX -June 12,2016

Storm Coming 2-inet

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

Storm Coming 4-Inet

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

Church and Sky-inet

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!”

9/21/14 – Garland TX to Durant, OK Storm Chase

As you will read from my stories, my dance with the celestial elements is a deeply spiritual journey.

Before setting out after a storm, I always check in with Creator to make sure it’s the highest good for me to go.

This evening, nice juicy red radar splotches, indicating heavy rains, sit across southern Oklahoma, about 25 miles north of the Red River.

Around 7 p.m. my spirit hungers to go get them, especially since they will most likely dissipate after dark and not make it much past the Red River into Texas.

Around 7:15, after receiving the go-ahead from Divine presence, I take off, not knowing if they will actually last long enough for me to reach them.

What a peaceful feeling it is to ride under satin blue skies toward walls of cirrus anvil banked across the north.

As I move towards the Sherman, TX area, nearly constant pulses of light leap out from the distance, sometimes revealing jagged ribbons of lightning peeking from behind dense rain curtains.

What an amazing joy I have, heading straight to the heart of action.

A lovely frenetic electrical show unfolds with stunning beauty before me.

Bolt after bolt leaps brilliantly between earth and sky in delightful forms.

Brilliance increases as I close in.

I finally reach my target destination. Occasional vivid discharges land blocks away from my car, and thunder swiftly reverberates.

The dry prickly atmosphere I left behind in the Dallas area has been replaced by sheets of rain freely sailing in winds bending trees. Frequent flashes light the sky and roars respond. The air is sweet, fresh, and water rushes fully through gullies.

It’s a significant drive; 160 miles total in three hours during the evening. Despite the length, it’s well worth it.

I arrive back home filled with inspiration, joy and lovely images.

Due to the swift pace of the chase, there was no time to stop to take photos. I  really wanted to arrive ASAP.

In this case the ecstatic moments linger as images in my mind.

What a joy to arrive at a spiritual home, at one with God’s celestial creation.