Tuesday
Oct112011

Lightning Storm Timelapse Video Jupiter Beach Florida

Ocean Lightning Puts On A Great Show…Finally For Me!

A few weeks ago I posted that I was out during the pre-dawn hours on the hunt for lightning over the ocean for a timelapse video sequence project. This was one of the shots I was looking for all summer to complete my storm season here in Florida, but the last few attempts failed with the storms weakening or moving too far offshore closer to the northwest Bahamas.

Cloud-to-ocean lightning
Last night finally paid off with an amazing lightning display of deep convection over the Gulf Stream waters just east of Jupiter Beach, Florida. I was able to capture some vivid cloud-to-water lightning strikes, along with a fantastic sequence of high resolution stills for the ocean thunderstorm timelapse. I didn’t plan on posting this video just yet, as I plan to post my Florida storm highlight video later this month that includes all of my video from this year, including numerous timelapses. But there was a lot of interest on Twitter overnight and today from some of the stills I posted last night, so I thought I would go ahead and post the lightning timelapse video for everyone to enjoy.

Lightning over Gulf Stream waters

Note: I've had numerous requests for the title of the song, and I should of put it in the credits of the video from the start. The song is by: Sun Araw and is only titled as "Track 2" available on Vimeo.

Update: 10/12/11 - I just wanted to thank everyone for the huge response on all the social media outlets, TV and the comments below. I really appreciate all the support for the storm timelapse video above, and wanted to post a BIG THANK YOU! I will be uploading a Florida storm season highlight video later this month that will include a lot of the weather footage from 2011. This will also include the numerous timelapses you always hear me tweeting about or on Instgram. So, keep checking back!

Another note: 01/23/12 - I have recently added a new secondary blog on StormVisuals that will focus on daily Florida weather updates through pictures and video. Be sure to check it out daily! Thank you, JG.

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Reader Comments (31)

Amazing video, Jeff!!!!!!
October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMallory
Way cool video!
October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustin
There is no share option for this video? I would love to share it on my timelapse site. Amazing work my friend.
October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonnie D.
Thank you everyone! I really appreciate the kind comments.

@Don Just replied to your email.
October 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
jeff this is an absolutley amazing timelpse of a great thunder storm my kind of thing
October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim Twister
@Kim - Thank you very much, Kim! Also, thanks for the retweet and awesome mention. :)
October 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
Whoa! Spectacular video, Jeff!
October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
@Sharon - Thank you!
October 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
Really awesome video! I enjoyed watching it. : )
October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph Alsarraf
@Joseph Thank you!
October 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
That was awesome. That kinda of storm only happens here in northern calif every 15-20 years. Very Cool
October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeith
Outstanding!!! I don't want all of your secrets but is there some timelapse software you could recommend to start?
I will primarily use a GO PRO HD and tripod. Thanks!!!
October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike B, Long Island
This is pure art.
October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina C. Fitzgerald
@Keith Thank you very much, sir. I'd love to travel up to northern CA to film some of the monster coastal storms you guys have in the winter. Thanks again!

@MikeB Thank you very much! Start working with your GoPro stills in any video editing software, like Adobe, Final Cut, and you'll have nice results. A lot on the web with post-timelapse workflows. Thanks again and all the best on your timelapses!
October 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
@Christina I am very appreciative of your kind words. Thank you very much, and thanks for watching. :-)
October 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
Tremendous. I can FEEL the power of the lightning bursting forth from the clouds.
October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave Jemo
@Dave Hahaha Thanks! I'm sure you can't wait to return to Florida for the winter. All the best!
October 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
Lovely film. Saw it on BBC News, cheers.
October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBradley
This is tremendous. How long does this video cover in real time?
October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
@Bradley Thank you very much!

@Gary Thank you, Gary! The video covers about an hour and 20 minutes worth of still frames for the timelapse. Lucky for me that the storm continued to remain almost stationary for that long.
October 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
I'd LOVE to be able to embed this... Beautiful!
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGooeyDough
Your beautiful video also reached Holland trough nrc.nl (newspaper). Thank you!! The earth is a wonderful amazing place!
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargriet
It would be cool if it went more slowly and lasted longer!
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMOKuper
@Margriet Thank you. It has amazed me in the amount of attention the video has received the last few days.

@MOKuper I agree with you on the speed, and I have already edited a slower version for my highlight video of the 2011 storm season that I will be posting here before the end of the month. Thanks for the feedback.
October 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
@GooeyDough Thank you. My apologies for not having the video embed feature active. I will let you know if I add it in the next week or so.
October 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
WOW!! Tat was great ... I tried doing the same thing here in Michigan, when I checked the footage there was a strike less than 150 feet from the camera - Guess I was a little too close !

Keep it up !!
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBruce Doll
This is probably one of the top 5 lightning time lapses I have ever seen on the web. Phenomenal creativity and composition.
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyle (NYC)
@Bruce and @Kyle Thank you very much, guys!
October 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
Great lightning show. Thanks for sharing.
November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarey
Awesome Video!
January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Tornado
Amazing video you should post more like it ................... I should tell you when I watched your video Jeff it helped me understand more about lightning storms in class by the way I am 14
November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTylor

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