(16 July 2011)
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About This Shoot
Date: 16 July 2011
Location: North-central Kansas from east of Stockton to near Luray, KS
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
Rating:
Synopsis:
On my way home from Grand Island, NE where I ended the chase the night before, I ran into very electrical storms north of I-70. I decided to photograph these storms for a couple of hours from about 2:30 to 4:30am. Some of the lightning was very impressive, especially once the storm moved past me near Luray with the stars and a near-full moon coming out. I finally made it back home about 7:30am!

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16 July 2011


Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:27:55 -0500
Luray, KS lightning at 4:00am! (Images Part 1 of 2)
Summary & Images (part 1)
On my way home to Dodge City following the previous night's chase in
southern Nebraska, I came across nocturnal storms that were rather
electrical... making for a very nice photography opportunity! Because
of this, however, I didn't roll into my driveway until about an hour
after sunrise shortly after 7:00am! It was worth it :)

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Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:29:57 -0500
Luray, KS lightning at 4:00am! (Images Part 2 of 2)
Summary & Images (part 2)
Second sequence of images wider angle of the departing storm with
lightning and stars visible:

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Sat, 16 Jul 2011 14:00:10 -0500
Dramatic cloud-to-ground flash at around 3:30am between Luray and Osborne, KS on 16 July 2011. A full moon at my back provided just enough light to illuminate the foreground landscape
  
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Sat, 16 Jul 2011 04:14:48 -0500
chase update 410am. Thats right, still out photographing... at 4am!! Some fantastic lightning north of Russell, KS, lightning, edge of storm Cb and stars, staccato branching CG lightning! Ahhh, good stuff