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Lightning Is Frightening

| 12:48 pm August 15, 2012

Thanks to Scott Rikansrud for these images… he writes…

“Hi James,
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.”

From the Amazon

| 8:37 pm August 14, 2012

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 Melanie!

Lightning Is Frightening

| 1:49 pm August 7, 2012

Thanks to David DeWeese for these images… he writes…

James,
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.”

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Lighting 1 of 2

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”

Tree hit by lightning!!!

Sky on Fire

| 8:45 pm July 27, 2012

Gorgeous sunset tonight from the pier in Fairhope.

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Gorgeous Shelf Cloud from Orange Beach

| 10:33 pm July 25, 2012

Please click image to enlarge

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.

Gulf of Mexico Light Show

| 8:33 am May 30, 2012

Thanks to Jim Culpepper for these images… he writes…

“James,
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?!).”

April 27, 2011 In Pictures

| 8:34 pm April 26, 2012

Several hundred images from our readers and viewers…

Vienna Sausage Roll

| 5:39 pm April 21, 2012

JB turned 80 on Tuesday, April 17th. Friend of the Blog Chuck Biddinger and his wife took JB and Judy to eat at a Japanese Steakhouse. We always like to hear about what JB had for lunch on WeatherBrains each week, so we will be interested to hear if any sushi was involved. The restaurant owners might want to introduce a new sushi roll called the Vienna. It would consist of sliced vienna sausage, rice, a little wasabi and seaweed wrap.

When I saw the first picture that shows JB eating a candle, it might be a bad sign that the Japanese food was not to his liking and he had to revert to eating things off the cake. But Chuck assures us that JB did indeed suck down a good amount of the delicious cuisine. No truth to the rumor that JB liked the dessert better than those Chinese doughnuts he eats with Dr. Tim Coleman nearly every Sunday.

Chuck made sure the event was chronicled well. Thanks for sharing Chuck! And thanks for taking care of our mentor!