Slowwwwwww!

Since Monday's beautiful nature show, things have come to a screeching halt (for me at least). Tuesday morning began the transition from a typical Southeast wind flow over South Florida, to a more Southwest wind flow pattern. With a southeast flow, storms will form over the Atlantic in the morning and work their way to the Gulf Coast by the end of the day. With a SW flow (like we've had this past Tuesday, Wednesday and Today), storms will form near the Gulf Coast and work their way to the Atlantic Coast by the afternoon/evening. No matter which way the wind is blowing that day, if it's light enough, and the temperatures are warm enough, a sea breeze will develop on each coast and push inland. When the sea breeze and the opposite wind flow collide, that is where you'll see most of the storm development. In this particular case, the SW wind was too strong for a sea breeze to develop, so the storms that did form, started early and moved off the coast at a pretty fast pace. Without the sea breeze collision, most storms stayed on the weak side, except for a few select areas that did receive some hail and frequent lightning a bit further south. The last factor that made things particularly slow for me, was work. Although SW winds bring storms into the Atlantic Metropolitan areas, the ingredients were just not enough to produce widespread activity, so the area surrounding my place of work barely saw a drop of rain this week. I felt like an animal trapped in a cage with a few severe storm only 10-15 miles to the south.

 

After work Tuesday, a storm developed just to the North of Wellington, so I got in my car and started heading for Loxahatchee. I was going to hook north and chase a storm towards the Juno/Jupiter area, but another storm popped up near Lake Okeechobee and decided to go for that one instead. It started to become a very heavy duty storm while I was driving out there. As I was getting closer, the sky grew darker and the lightning became more frequent. Before I was engulfed in the rain shaft of the storm, I pulled off to the side onto a dirt road which is typically used for tractors and other vehicles in and around the sugarcane fields. I was able to grab one lightning shot before the storm ran out of energy and started to die down. 

Wednesday was forecasted to be another active day for the Atlantic Metro area with the prevailing SW wind flow and for some, it was. For me, not so much. Most of the storms, like in the previous days, formed fairly early and very far to the south near Miami. The Miami area definitely saw their fair share of storms this week and was also able to put a little dent into their severe drought. There have been new brushfires almost everyday in Southeast Florida and we need to rain desperately. For us in Wellington, we barely saw a drop of it.  

Work went by and I was about to run to the store when I realized I had left my wallet at home. I head home to go grab my wallet but instead of heading back out, I laid down and ended up falling asleep for a little. When I woke up it was 8PM. I took a look out of my window and the sky insane! There was a very low and distinct shelf cloud from an old outflow boundary and the sun was on the edge of the horizon about to go down for the evening. I wasn't planning on getting up, but something in my head told me to do so anyway. I grabbed my camera gear and headed out the door, hoping this thing would grow into a storm.   

As I was driving down the road following this outflow boundary, my car window, yet again, decided it was going to open itself with no warning. It didn't open much, but it was enough to let rain in and if lightning had developed, enough to be completely unsafe from a direct strike to my car. Usually when the window rolled down on me, I was able to mess with the window up button until it would finally roll back up. This time, it didn't want to come back up at all. It was almost pitch black now, but I could see the rain-shaft growing in size and density. Then, it started down pouring! I found an old shirt in the backseat and laid it on my shoulder to keep my body from getting soaked inside my car. No lightning did end up forming at that time but I did get extremely wet, even with the shirt. I ended up driving to the beach and headed a few miles north to get out of the rain band. I walked onto the boardwalk and took one click of the camera to start the 10 second exposure and the sky lit up out of nowhere! It was just perfect timing. There were no visible bolts through the cloud or to the ground, but it lit the sky into an amazing blueish/purple that made for an amazing, nighttime glowing shot. During a 15 minutes period there was only one other flash, so I called it a night and headed home.

Right Place, At the Right Time

2:30PM - Been waiting around all day, swimming in the pool with the dogs and hanging out waiting for the atmosphere to become a little more unstable. Finally a few storms started popping up in the western part of the state, so I made my way out the door. There was one rain shower between 27N and Alligator Alley off the my right while driving down the turnpike and it didn't look like it would become anything really.  No more than 5 minutes went by while making my way onto Alligator Alley and this thing completely opened up and start dumping rain to the ground. It was almost like someone was up in the sky and dumped a giant bucket of water towards the ground. I'm now sitting just to the West of the storm, debating if I should linger for this one or make my way to the West Coast for the newly developing one. Updates to come! 

After driving through this one cell in the photo above, I popped out on the back end of the storm and into the sunshine again. The storm continued to build, but at the same time, it started moving off to the south and away from the highway. I noticed a definitive sea breeze line of clouds and storm forming, so instead of driving to the west coast as I originally planned, I just stayed put to see what might pop up along collision line. It turned out to be one of the better decisions I made all day. 

Each day in South Florida when the sun rises, it begins to heat the air rapidly. The air over the land will eventually becomes hotter than the air over the ocean. With these two temperature differences, the warmer air over land becomes less dense and begins to rise, while the cooler air over the ocean is more dense and pushes it's way inland under the warm air. This is how you get the sea breeze near the beach that you love so much on a really hot day. Eventually the sea breeze will push inland in a west direction and at the same time, the Gulf of Mexico is doing the same thing and pushing its sea breeze inland towards the east. When these two breezes meet up in the middle of the state, it fires up thunderstorms rapidly right along the line. In the video above i'm sitting right under the collision line and multiple cells started popping up all around me. The general steering flow was the the west, so once the storms fired I just kept driving to the west waiting for the new ones to develop. The last cell in the video off to the left ended up getting a severe warning for excessive lightning and small hail. This storm did have some juice for a pretty long time, but as fast as it popped up, the air stabilized and the rain disappeared just like that. 

Here is the cell while it was in its most severe stage. 

Finally!

My hopeless waiting has turned hopeful! This morning, at 5:45am, I was woken by the dogs that I'm currently looking after for the week. They wake me up at this time every morning to be fed and let out because that's when there owner usually gets up and leaves for work. It's kind of miserable, but i've been relying on them to get me out of bed and to the ocean scouting for waterspouts. While they were out roaming the backyard, I took a look at the radar to see if anything was over the ocean. The forecast called for unseasonably dry air moving into the area, and just like I expected, not a drop of rain in the air. I decided to just go back to sleep. I woke up again at 9am and took another glance at the radar. This time there happened to be one tiny shower sitting off the coast of Boynton Beach and it was almost stationary. I've noticed when waterspouts formed in the past, they're within those stationary cells or the ones that keep forming repeatedly over the same area. I grabbed my stuff and ran out the door. On the 10 minutes drive to the beach, I thought I saw what might look like a small notch in the cloud that could be a waterspout from the road, but the backdrop was to bright to tell with the sunlight. I arrived to the beach, walked up the boardwalk leading to the beach, and there it was! Finally! Day 3 out of the 7 days of staying near the coast and driving to the beach each morning I got lucky. It wasn't the most impressive waterspout and it may or may not have been connecting with the ocean completely, but none the less it was awesome to see! Hoping for some bigger and better ones in the future. Other than that, it's a beautiful Saturday with some more possible storms on tap for the interior/west coast later today! 



When Day Becomes Night.

Watching another perfect sunrise over the Atlantic this morning,  which is never a bad way to start the day! Or maybe it is, because I get to see how beautiful the world is right before it all comes crashing down and I have to leave fantasy land for work.. Happy Friday! 

I think it's time that I move closer to the ocean. Day or night, the beach is where I want to always be. 


Like Clockwork

Good morning everyone and Happy Taco Tuesday! I was woken up yet again to the sounds of natures alarm clock. I know the science as to why storms form along the coast each morning here in South Florida, but I don't understand how there's almost an exact replica of this one single cell that forms in the same exact spot day after day. It's the one storm that continually wakes me up just before my alarm, every single morning. It is kind of a nice change to the beeping of my phone though! 

 

UPDATE:    After this mornings mini thunderstorm that woke me up, I headed off to work just before 9:00am. Another average day, but also a little bump in rain/thunderstorm activity through the mid afternoon. We had one cell that just clipped the area around 10:30am, which then moved off to the west at a pretty rapid pace. Usually by 11:00am, anything that formed near the coast in the morning hours has moved inland and is now heading for Naples and Ft Myers on the Gulf Coast for the afternoon/evening hours. Today, with some added moisture and instability in the atmosphere, we had a couple of reforms and got slammed pretty hard around 1:00pm. Unfortunately, I was still at work, so I wasn't able to capture anything. You can bet I was dying to just hop in my car and leave right at that moment. 

Finally, 5 o'clock came around and it was time for me to leave work. It was still pretty overcast from the earlier storms and everything on the radar throughout the state seemed to just have dissipated. On my drive home, I did see what looked to be growing cumulus clouds just off to the west, but I figured the atmosphere had stabilized and there probably wasn't much in the way of anymore storm development, and that is where I was completely wrong. 

Pretty much every single Tuesday for the last 2 years (unless something tragic happens), consists of an after work Happy Hour at the local pub. Today was no different. I got home, took a quick shower, grabbed my camera gear and out the door I went. From previous experiences, I've learned to never leave my camera at home. Even if I'm 100% positive that I'm not going to use it, you never know what you could miss without having it by your side. I pulled out of my little development en route to the bar. I took one look at the sky towards the west and I see what could only be a rapidly developing thunderstorm within a pretty close range. I glance at the radar on my phone and there it is. Just a tiny spec of red in the middle of my favorite area that is the sugarcane fields. Being that there was nothing on the radar just minutes ago and from personal experience and knowledge, I knew this storm was going to blow up rapidly into something great. How long will it last though is always the question. Sometimes these things pop up and last 5 minutes and other times, they pop up and become monsters that linger for hours. This thing would later turn into a lingering monster. 

I've completely detoured now from going to the bar in the matter of seconds, in hopes to maybe intercept this thunderstorm for an hour and then head back into town when I was finished. Driving out, this thing started to take on some great shape. During the developing stages of thunderstorms, there are these very well defined inflow clouds where the warm, moist air surrounding the storm gets sucked in like a vacuum and then straight up to the top to fuel the storm. They're great indicators that a storm is intensifying and you can easily identify them by a long, funneled shaped clouds leading right into the back ends of the storms. 

The bottom of the arrows are where the warm air is being drawn in rapidly, like adding gasoline to a fire to intensify the storms. 

No more than 5 minutes later down the road did this thing turn into one of the most intense and mesmerizing storms that I have ever seen. 6-8pm Is the absolute perfect time you could hope for a thunderstorm to form, which was just about when this one did. With the sun starting to get low in the sky, the colors reflecting off the clouds just get amplified and become almost unrealistic. The contrast between the bright sunshine behind the storm and the pitch black ominous clouds barreling down on you is too hard to put into words. One other ingredient that makes storms so beautiful here, is their isolation. These storms can become so severe, but only encompass a few miles radius at the same time, so you get this giant storm in the center with bright sunlight coming in around from all angles. In a typical cold front setting, you would just get a wall of cloud coming at you and it doesn't really make for exciting photos IMO. 

An absolute perfect case scenario. 

At this point I was approaching the storm and the closer I got, the harder it was to tell which side I should set up on. The north side was spitting out more lightning, but the south side of the storm looked like it had better development happening. I took a gamble on the north side and I'm glad I did. I turned off of State Rd. 80 and I'm now heading NNW towards Canal Point. I had a particular pull off spot in mind, but as I was approaching it, the storm shifted a bit and it started raining like you couldn't image. Giant golfball sized water droplets were falling from the sky, but in a very non- consistent way. I would go 10ft and it would stop, another 50ft later, it's pouring again. I was under the developing rain shafts so I kept pushing forward to clear the rain to try and get some water droplet free shots. The lightning was becoming really intense at this point. I thought if I did pull over to close that I would fear getting out of my car, so just a little further I went into a safety zone. I pulled into a field and just couldn't believe my eyes. I have never seen an updraft like the one I did with this storm. It looked like a waterfall of clouds heading towards the ground. I was seriously in awe. 

When storms lose their energy, the weight becomes so heavy that they pretty much collapse in on themselves. This sends a giant blast of cold rain-cooled air towards the ground, which then hits the ground and spreads out in all directions like a bomb. This cold air is called an outflow boundary. It usually signals that the storm is winding down and probably about to come to an end for that particular area. Another thing that can happen though, is that outflow boundary of cold air will push outwards from the storm for miles and when it comes in contact with new warm air around the storm site, it will force that warm air up and create a whole new set of storms. So while I was standing here shooting some photos, the cold air came rushing down the field and I thought maybe that was just about it. The lightning came to a halt for a bit and things felt pretty tranquil, but not for long. Another storm started to form rapidly from the outflow boundary to the southeast of me. It was time to take off and to get as close as I can to it if I wanted some lightning shots. 

Now facing south.  Old  storm on the right and new storm forming on the left. 

This is the point where all hell broke loose. I don't think there has been a single moment where I feared lightning as much as I did right then. I put myself in a very vulnerable spot under the new developing storm and even though they say you're safest in a car, there's still the chance that something goes wrong. The video down below just doesn't do any justice as to how close, and to how loud and bright some of these strikes were. There must have been 30+ strikes within a 10 minute time frame and some of them hitting objects just feet away from me. I stood my ground and prayed I got a really great close up lightning shot, but either they either ended up behind me or just inches out of frame. I had my GoProHero4 mounted to the top of my car shooting as much video as I could. I wish the sound quality was a little better on that thing though. 

After that, it was time to go back and head to the bar. It's been maybe all of about an hour since I headed out there into the fields, and I saw more than I could have ever asked for today. I made my way back to State Rd. 80 and instead of turning towards Wellington, I went straight down another backroad that eventually intersects 80 again, but it has a few pull off spots that I like to set up camp at. In my rearview mirror I saw a dwindling storm with the setting sun starting to poke through the lighter rain shafts. There was still the occasional lightning strike, so I got to one of my spots and had one more go at some lightning shots. My brain must have been somewhere else because I was only able to get 1 good strike out of maybe 5 opportunities. Capturing the speed of light with your fingers during the day time isn't always the easiest thing. I'm super happy with the way I ended my chase with this one last shot though. Hope you enjoyed and I hope your twofer tacos were spicy and delicious. Until next time. Adios! 

Something New

Hey everyone! Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend and unfortunately for most of us, it's back to work as usual.. After running around chasing storms all Saturday morning, I got a phone call from my brother with some Fourth of July plans and immediately headed down towards Ft. Lauderdale. I didn't bring my laptop along, so I was unable to bring any updates at the time. In this shot, the rain was coming down heavy and the lightning strikes were so frequent and intense that I was not about to leave my car and risk my safety or equipment. The water droplet image would be the only one that I would capture that morning. 

Natures Fireworks - 7/4/15

Waking up at my brothers apartment in Ft Lauderdale Sunday morning was a bit rough, as I'm sure it was for many others. My brother and one of his friends took off for a round of golf and I decided I would just go home and rest. One thing that I hate terribly in life, is repetitiveness. I've driven between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale via the Florida Turnpike and i95 more times than I can count. To switch it up, sometimes I like to take Alligator Alley (i75) towards the center of the state to RT27 North and then back east across State Rd 80 to Wellington. Although it takes an extra 45 minutes or so, the scenery is gorgeous, there's way less people on the road, and there's always a good chance I run into a pop up thunderstorm during the afternoon. As I was coming up to Rt.27 to head north, I decided it just wasn't time to go home yet. I'm not sure what it is about me, but my mind was created with a completely instinctive thought process as opposed to one with any kind of rational thinking or decision making. The desire to just go further and to go deeper into places I have never been lives deep inside me. I wanted to see something new, something different. Even if I don't have the means to travel the world, I am still driven to find new things in my own backyard.  I drove for about another 20 miles west and exited at Snake Rd, which has a well known gas station right off the exit. It's also home to one of the biggest alligators I had ever seen! 

iPhone snap of the beast. 

iPhone snap of the beast. 

The actual temperature Sunday was 97°F and with the humidity added in, a real feel of 113°F!  As dehydrated as I may have been, I bought a gallon of water knowing I may very well end up on some type of walking trail, in the middle of nowhere, in the excruciating South Florida summertime heat. Still with no general direction, I hopped in my car and decided to head north on Snake Road, for no reason at all really. With no storms on the radar and an overall dry day (so far), I took a quick glimpse at Google Maps to see what my options were. One thing I like to look for on Google Maps, are big green areas that usually indicate some sort of national park or forest. This time, my eyes caught a glimpse of an area on the map that turned out to be Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest. I punched it in to my phones GPS and started driving in that general direction. I have never witnessed a straighter,  more flatter road, in my entire life! Beautiful at first, but after miles of it, it became quite boring. 

                             Intended destination                                            vs.                                               Actual destination. 

                             Intended destination                                            vs.                                               Actual destination. 

As I pulled into the area of the State Forest, I saw a few different signs along the road marking multiple trails. Since I was completely unprepared and hadn't had time to do any homework on the subject, I picked a road that looked to be the most open and inviting. Sometimes trail heads are within sight of peoples homes or what looks to be someones property, so I try to avoid those.  Also, I drive a small 2 door coupe that easily gets stuck in any sand or mud, so I do my best to avoid those roads as well. The first road I chose to go down was called Oil Well Pad Road. At the entrance, there was a typical trailhead sign with a map and some brochures, but it looked like it hadn't been maintained in a long, long time. There was a $2 dollar fee which seemed to be based on an honorary system. You put the money in an envelope, rip off a tab and slide the envelope into a little mailbox trap door type contraption. There didn't happen to be any envelopes on that particular road/trail, so I forged ahead anyway. This one lane, dusty, rocky road seemed pretty adventurous at first and I was hoping it would lead me to a trailhead to start hiking, but it just ended in a small boring circular field. Time to backtrack.

 At this point, I decided to do a bit of googling again and see what I can do to make the best of my time while I was there. Through the Florida State website I found another trail called the Tram Loop that was probably another 3 miles to the west and the closest one to me. I took the drive over there and again the same sign with the entrance fee, but this time there was an envelope and made sure to pay my dues. A lot of time and effort goes into maintaining these lands, so I will always pay when I can, even if there isn't another soul around for 50 miles. I drove only a few hundred feet and to my left was a sign with a trailhead marker indicating there was a boardwalk. I love boardwalks on trails because they're usually a good bit elevated above the ground and give great overlooking views. Something about this trail though and how tight the brush was on each side just gave me a weird feeling, especially being there by myself. I hadn't seen another person, even on the main road in over an hour or two. I got back in my car and started driving further down the road away from the main entrance when I came to the start of the Tram Loop. This trail was a lot more open and inviting. I got out of my car and started walking. There were tons of amazing native birds along way, along with native Floridian flowers and trees, but 1 mile in and the trail hadn't changed very much. It was now 3 o'clock and about the hottest part of the day with no shelter from the sun, so I decided to turn around. As I was walking back to my car I was thinking I should give the boardwalk trail just one more shot since I shook the nerves off while walking down the Tramp Loop. 

_DSC2881.jpg

A little braver this time, I parked my car, grabbed my camera gear and headed into the thick forest area that lead to the boardwalk. Almost immediately I thought I heard a pretty loud noise in the bushes, but I shrugged it off as if it were just some birds in the tree canopy. It was probably only a quarter-mile to a half-mile where the forest let up into a wide open field of overgrown grass and weeds. It was so quiet and tranquil. All you can hear was the wind blowing through the grass and the trees with the occasional vocals from the birds. It was just a surreal moment walking out of the woods and into the open like that where the boardwalk presented itself. It ended up being a short boardwalk that really didn't extend very far or go anywhere in particular. I was definitely hoping for more but it was elevated as I assumed and just made for an awesome vantage point. Unfortunately, only about the first couple of feet of the boardwalk were actually accessible, because the rest was under repair and missing many boards. The wood in the beginning of it looked and  smelt fresh like it was just installed, so it's good to know someones actually working on it when it feels like nobody has been in that area for days or months. 

Okaloacochee panorama 7 5 15.jpg

I stood there shooting photos maybe for 20 minutes taking it all in when I was interrupted by something making a lot of noise back in the woods. All I could hear were branches on the ground cracking and a big body moving over the noisy palm leaves on the ground. I became paralyzed with fear and just didn't move a single muscle while trying not to make a sound. I wasn't equipped with anything but my camera and tripod and even left my phone in my car unknowingly. I felt seriously hopeless at this point. All I could do was just stand there and hope nothing  leaped out at me from the woods. After all, even though rare, I was deep in Florida Panther territory. I don't know how those animals act and not sure if I'm capable of taking one on with a tripod, but I wasn't trying to find out. It could have been anything really, but the way it was pacing back and forth and the feeling I got that it was staring at me every time the noise stopped, just had me fearful that it was a predator type animal. Coyotes are also known to roam that area along with wild hogs and deer. I probably stayed there frozen for 5-10 minutes while listening to this thing go back and forth before I was ready to make a run for the exit (which happened to be between me and the animal in the woods). I waited until I thought the cracking noise sounded as far away as it would get and instead of running like a crazy person, I opted to calmly walk out at a fast pace, trying to eliminate the noise of the gravel I was walking over while keeping and eye in the direction the noise was coming from. I never did end up seeing what it was behind that thick brush. I came around the last turn to see my car and took the biggest sigh of relief. For all I know, it could have been anything. The fear of unknowing what lurks hidden in the thick brush was scary enough for me. Next time, I'm bringing a friend who I know I can outrun easily to leave them as a sacrifice.  In the video below, the camera was barely able to capture some of the noises I was hearing over the wind, but it was so much louder being there.  At the 20 second mark you can make out 2 very distinctive footsteps and then a quick shuffle, but you really need to have the volume all the way up in a quiet room or you need to wear headphones. Thanks for reading! 

P.S. Nothing fun happened on this Monday. Except for me buying a killer mosquito net suit.. Pics and stories to follow. 





Happy 4th of July!

The sea-breeze line is in full swing this morning with multiple thunderstorms coming in from off the coast. Mother nature is currently spitting out her own fireworks display, but it is too bright to capture at the moment. Ample amounts of thunder heading in this direction. Happy 4th of July to everyone and be safe out there! 

Guardian Rain Angel

The offshore southeast sea-breeze convergent line became established this morning, but nothing but a few light showers came out of it. A very slow start compared to yesterdays morning thunderstorms activity. The sea-breeze has pushed inland now at about 9:30am and still nothing worthy of noting. There was one particular cloud tower that popped up that made me do a complete double-take. Rain Angels?   

1:30PM - Right on Que. 

2:30 PM - The storms were still taking a while to develop, so I took off  and headed for Lake Okeechobee. One of my favorite places to set up is in Port Mayaca.  It's located just about in the center of Lake Okeechobee  one the eastern side between the town of Belle Glade and Okeechobee. There's a little parking area that sits up high and gives great views of the Lake and the surrounding areas which always makes for a great photo. I'm just waiting for the day this bridge gets struck while i'm out there! 

4th of July Weekend Begins!

Welcome to my first blog entry! From this point forward, I will be bringing you day to day updates of my life through my photos with a little bit of background  to go with them. For those of you who don't know me, I am a 26 year old adventure seeker currently living in Wellington, Florida in the south-eastern portion of the state (20 minutes in-land of West Palm Beach). My life is heavily influenced by nature; primarily the ocean (surfing) and weather (especially any type of severe weather). Being that we're in the summer months right now and rarely do we see any type of wave action until winter, my focus shifts mainly to thunderstorm activity which is almost a daily occurrence here in South Florida. Living in Wellington allows quick access to both the Atlantic Ocean and also to the wide open terrain of the sugar cane fields that run from here to Lake Okeechobee. These open fields also allow me to document countless thunderstorms and are filled with tons of natural beauty and wildlife!  

Today started out as any other typical South Florida morning would, with a morning 'sea-breeze' influenced thunderstorm that worked it's way inland from the coastline and woke me up right before my alarm went off.  Something about waking up to rumbling thunder in the distance always starts me off in a positive mind set though. 

                                                                                                                                     'Morning Explosions'

As most storms do here with a typical east-southeast wind flow, they form close to the coast in the morning hours (7am-11am) and eventually push their way inland towards the Interior and West Coast Florida by the afternoon/evening (11am-7pm). Eventually they die out with the loss of daytime heating and stabilization of the atmosphere from previous storms. Depending on how strong the steering flow is, the storms can be completely out of the east coast area and out of my driving distance window by 1pm, so before work ends at 5pm, I'll usually know if i'll be seeing any action that evening or not. Today, when 5 o'clock came around, the entire area was clear of rain except for 1 random cell that popped up about 15 miles to the west of Wellington, at about 4:45pm. Knowing there was a good chance it would dissipate by the time I got there, I decided to head for it anyway. It's an extended weekend and I had nothing to lose. Racing out there, I could see a good deal of lightning and a significant weather advisory for 'Excessive Lightning' had popped up on my phone. At that time, I had high hopes that it would continue to grow, but instead, it ended up dying out just as I got close enough to it. I did manage to get one shot off before the lightning completely shut down and the rain let up. 

After the storm had dissipated, I decided it was time to go back home and do some fresh water fishing over in a friends yard.  We spent about an hour with only a few nibbles and an unfortunate Garfish getting hooked on the line. The sun had set and the mosquitos ended up becoming pretty terrible with the lack of wind, so we called it a night. While driving home I noticed a flash off on the horizon, so I gave the radar a quick look. It showed another storm had popped up basically right where I was earlier in the evening. I decided to go back out and try my luck again at some night time lightning photos. After driving for about a half  hour and pulling up to my spot, the storm completely fizzled out to nothing but a moonlit sky. The full-moon lit up everything around as if it were daylight facing east with Jupiter and Venus hugging each other in the sky to the west. Turned out to not to be such a bummer after all. Tomorrow I have the day off and will be hoping to catch the morning thunderstorms along the coast and praying for a waterspout! 

                                                                                                                               Left : Venus I  Right : Jupiter 

                                                                                                                               Left : Venus I  Right : Jupiter