Sanibel Island Late Night Lightning Fun

I am currently in Sanibel Island, FL for the weekend, and late last night I was treated to vivid lightning show over the Gulf of Mexico waters. I setup my camera and tripod on the balcony, and was able to capture a few cloud-to-water lightning shots between some coconut palms.

I'm only here for a few days and was hoping for a opportunity to capturing some ocean lightning and mother nature came through for me once again. A large complex of storms moved in from the eastern Gulf triggering a severe thunderstorm warning, and at one point a tornado warning for Ft Myers and Sanibel. 

The best lightning action was off to my northwest and I didn't want to drive over to Captiva Island and get out in the rain, so I waited for the storms to move just south of Sanibel to get my shots. I kept it simple staying up on my second floor hotel balcony that faced south-southeast, and shortly after 1:30 am the light show was in view and I was shooting away.

Stormy summer nights in southwest Florida are always fun. :-)


Chasing Tropical Storm Beryl Jacksonville Beach

Tropical Storm Beryl Now Moving Into Jacksonville.

Currently filming strong Tropical Storm Beryl moving onshore in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Winds have increased over the last hour, kicking the surf up higher and blowing sand down the beach. The worst looks to be moving in after dark, so I'll be hanging around the more lit up area's of Jax beach, or until the power goes out.

I will try to post more pictures later tonight, and will have a full video and picture gallery up tomorrow once I return to South Florida. Keep checking this post for updates overnight and my Twitter feed: @stormvisuals

 - Jeff Gammons

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Subtropical Storm Beryl Forms Becomes Florida Threat

SubTropical Storm Beryl Now Becomes A Memorial Day Weekend Threat

The National Hurricane Center has just upgraded the strong tropical disturbance off the southeast Carolina's to Sub-Tropical Storm Beryl with 45mph winds.  Beryl is the second named tropical cyclone of the pre-hurricane season, which doesn't begin until June 1, 2012. Beryl still remains somewhat disorganized tonight, but has been gradually organizing throughout the afternoon and evening hours, with a more developed low-level structure per satellite images and surface observations to confirm winds and pressure.

Newly named Tropical Storm Beryl as seen on KMHX - Morehead City long-range radar late Friday night - May 25, 2012.

Tropical Storm warnings and watches have also been issued for parts of South Carolina southward to northeast Florida (including Jacksonville) as TS Beryl is forecast to begin turning back towards the west-southwest on Saturday and track near the Florida / Georgia border region.

Beryl first forecast track map from the National Hurricane Center

Chase Looking More Likely Late Weekend

I am closely watch Tropical Storm Beryl for a likely chase intercept in northeast Florida or southeast Georgia late Sunday into Monday. I'll have more updates tomorrow concerning my plans, and the latest on Beryl during this early start to the season.