Alberta Foothills Weather

August 11 – Muggy days, electric nights

Warm air above, warm air below, and not a lot of movement anywhere.
Storms rising off the hills have been erased around here at the highway #22 wall, evaporating into the warm air above. A few storms have managed to go up to the south and north, but the cap has been unbreakable here. All the pent up energy after a 23C +75%rh day wants to go somewhere, a bit of it has been released the last few evenings as a few zappy storms passed by on outflow boundaries or weak little trofs.
Last night turned out to be quite the show.
After watching a few messy clumps of storm move up from the south through the evening, it seemed like everything was about to relax for the evening, I was about to as well. Then a little gob east of here started to zot with regularity, just a little dot on radar. As it moved north it got more charged every mile it went, really firing up around midnight, spitting huge bolts all around and into Red Deer. I sat on the ridge just east of here for more than an hour watching it zap the city, at least 30 huge cloud to ground bolts right to the midsection among the hundreds of smaller ones. Completely the opposite of the storm in the last post at Sylvan Lake, where most of the action was intracloud, this storm was putting all the power to ground. The first shot is of a power transformer being whacked, flaring up into a bright ball of blue-green light.
One of the captures below may be of a strike to a house in the Inglewood section of southern Red Deer around 1am that did major damage to the home.

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3 Responses to “August 11 – Muggy days, electric nights”

  1. 1
    Brandon Says:

    Great set. I just didn’t have the energy to get out, stupid work =) I did, however, enjoy the sounds. That last one is a wall hanger for sure. Are your batteries charged for the potential tomorrow?!?!

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    Pat Boomer Says:

    Charged up but I don’t know if I feel like driving to Edson today. Will likely wait for the show tomorrow.

  3. 3
    Alysa Says:

    Wow … gorgeous lightning photos Pat. Can I ask you what settings you used to get a capture like that??

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