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Every storm has a silver (and orange, blue, yellow, white...) lining.
'twas a nice storm (at least for the slight majority of Puget Sound
residents who weren't struck by lightning.) We've had two
three days of very nice skyscapes as a result of the same weather conditions
that brought us this week's storms - Ma Nature has good props.
Nice bubbly - do we have a designated driver?
Sunset and poofulus orangeus ooh-aahulus (meteorology term - will
be on the quiz.)
Tuesday. Just one
of the over 1000 lightning strikes monitored by the Weather Service during
the afternoon. This 3 part strike actually took only about a quarter
second, I slowed down the playback here. No damage, but the thunder
did set off a few car alarms.
television's Queen Anne Towercam got some nice shots, too - here it
appears the Space Needle is getting fried; but the bolt actually is about
a mile further away at the Port of Seattle docks, where longshoremen are
getting fried. Now we need that bubbly...
evening. It's still noisy up north, but Seattle begins to relax and
wash it's underwear as the sun sets peacefully in the west. Those
rays betray the presence of lots of water vapor in the atmosphere still
- tomorrow could be interesting...
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Wednesday evening at sunset,
we went quickly from clear to not clear, via some really nice altocumulus
...which just as quickly
congealed into more serious thunderclouds, as can be seen in the background.
The setting sun on the clouds made for yet another spectacular sky
Ma Nature has a few
more than 64 colors in her Crayon box.
This image gives me severe
As it got dark, the real show began...
It lit up the sky...
It lit up the clouds from
...with electric claws.
Also many times.
A distant, very bright
flash - yellowed by haze, lights up the bottom of the cloud deck.
Daytime returns for a
fraction of a second.
Slow Motion Theater.
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Keep looking up - you won't
be disappointed! (You will, however, very
likely collect some bruises from parking meters, trees,
All images - except KING Towercam image - (c)1999 -