What a sky over Alabama this evening, thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac to the southwest. This was the sunset over Birmingham… from Twitter user @jtkola
Thanks to Scott Rikansrud for these images… he writes…
I wanted to share some photos of the lightning damage we received yesterday morning in Gadsden. At about 4:45am lightning blow a large hole ~4ft in diameter through the top of our chimney. We were very fortunate that there was no fire or injuries involved.”
Friend of the blog Melanie Thomas, who works with Resurrection Faith Ministries, shared these beautiful photos from her recent trip to Iquitos, Peru.
This is an image of a beautiful rainbow over the Amazon.
Melanie: “This is where the Nanay River is meeting with the Amazon. If I’m not mistaken, the choppy water is the Nanay. Either way, it’s a cool picture of the two rivers meeting.”
A beautiful sunset.
Thanks to David DeWeese for these images… he writes…
My name is David DeWeese and I’m the Golf Course Superintendent at FarmLinks Golf Club in Sylacauga, AL. I follow the weather blog daily, and saw where Rusty Howard at Greystone sent in some pictures of lighting striking the ground at his course and causing some damage. We recently had a lighting strike hit the ground last week on Tuesday. We didn’t have the electrical problems that Rusty had, but I wanted to share some interesting pictures of what it did. All the lighting strikes that I have seen have been on trees and then run into the ground, and they usually create a hole in the ground where it leaves the tree and enters the ground. Is there any reason that you can think of why this didn’t do more damage? I think it is weird that it only left these lines.”
And… another shot below from Ivan Johnasen… who writes…
“This tree was hit by lightning last week early tuesday morning when we had that insane lightning in Hanceville”
Gorgeous sunset tonight from the pier in Fairhope.
Strong thunderstorms formed this afternoon to the northeast of Orange Beach and quickly became strong will lots of heavy rain and intense lightning. As one of the storms collapsed, it pushed out an outflow that approached our location from the east.
We had already fled the beach thinking the storms would propagate further west and reach us, as such storms are not to be trifled with. We enjoyed the spectacle from our hotel balcony as the rain never reached us. But the sky show was impressive.
The image above is of the shelf cloud along the leading edge of the outflow. Click on it to see the large size which better captures the magnificence of the cloud feature.
Thanks to Jim Culpepper for these images… he writes…
Some pictures from a severe thunderstorm that rolled across Orange Beach and out into the Gulf around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2012. The three girls walking out onto the beach in the first photo beat a hasty retreat after the first lightning strike (what were they thinking?!).”
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