Entries in Lightning Photography (8)


Nocturnal Florida Atlantic Lightning Timelapse Hunt

Cloud-to-ground lightning strike with sunset FL thunderstorm.Cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning strike at sunset earlier this month over the Florida Kissimmee Prairies.

Update: 5:37am ET - Sunrise about an hour away, and all the convection has been well to the east over the Bahamas with only isolated showers over the Gulf Stream. Packing it up and will try the evening storms moving offshore later tonight for the lightning sequence.

Hunting For Ocean Nocturnal Lightning Before Season Ends For Timelapse

I’m on a mission the next two overnights and pre-dawn hours for nocturnal lightning storms to film a few HD video timelapses. Yesterday was the first day of Fall, and the Florida wet season will be coming to an end real soon as we move into October. The last few days have been active with afternoon seabreeze thunderstorms, and nocturnal storms just off the Atlantic and Gulf coast waters.

There is a trough moving into the Southeast United States and northern Florida the next 24-48 hours, and another weak trough currently over the Bahamas. Both of these features, including elevated moisture levels, are helping to enhance the showers and thunderstorms each day and overnight. I fear the end of the  rainy season is near, and I have yet to capture one of the timelapse sequences that I planned earlier this summer. I have shot over two dozen storm timelapses this summer and very pleased with the results, but I still need to capture that vivid long-exposure lighting storm convection off the Atlantic waters that I seek prior to dawn.

I’m hoping early this morning will pay off with the land breeze boundary setting up offshore and giving me some storms to work with before the sun breaks the horizon. I’ll give it another go early tomorrow morning (Sunday) even if I’m successful today as long as it looks to be active offshore between St. Lucie County southward to Miami-Dade County. I’ll let you know how it goes…wish me luck!


Night Lightning Display After Busy Storm Day

Cloud to ground (CG) lightning strike.

Sea-breeze lightning storms came alive today across the southern half of the Florida peninsula. I filmed thunderstorms (some strong) in Martin, Okeechobee, St Lucie and Glades counties. It was a classic day for seabreeze storms as the east coast breeze boundary pushed inland and interacted with a washed up frontal boundary. I encountered some quarter size hail on the St Lucie County cell about 15 miles west of Ft Pierce and very persistent lightning.

This same storm is also to blame for starting numerous lightning triggered wildfires across Martin and Okeechobee counties. Florida is nearing the end of the dry season, but it remains extremely dry, and lightning on Monday had no problem getting fires going in a short amount of time.  The storms dissipated leaving sunshine and gusty easterly winds the helped to spread the fires fast. You can read more about these fires on this separate blog post.

The lightning picture above was taken later in the evening as another round of thunderstorms developed over Glades and Okeechobee counties likely off of outflow boundaries from earlier storms. The storm put on a pretty decent light show, but unfortunately could of added more wildfires problems over the Glades.


Lightning Sky Display And More Bees Near Me

Vivid multi-lightning strikes over water.

My Wednesday consisted of shooting another series of time-lapse thunderstorms in the afternoon, and kick-butt lightning storms after dark. I tell you, my collection is growing fast this season for both. I setup for yet another cool sequence of shots as this high contrast thunderstorm convection exploded into the atmosphere along the east coast seabreeze boundary in Martin and St Lucie counties. Will share the video soon.

Bees swarm parking sign.
Then, believe it or not, I had another encounter with a bee swarm when driving around looking for more angles to shoot. This was about 5-6 miles from the previous day when I saw them on a one way street sign. Again, they were on a sign, but this time in a more dangerous location right on a bike trail. Not sure if this was the same colony or not, but it was worth a few pictures and some HD video. I spoke with a Florida Game and Fish officer who posted some signs warning people on the trail. He said they will monitor them for the safety of the public. Too many bees for me the last 24 hours.

Lightning strikes within deep night time convection.

So, to top off the day, a nice round of lightning storms developed after sunset along the west coast, lake breeze and outflow boundaries in Glades County, FL. I was able to capture a few interesting lightning shots, and a time-lapse of a new developing lightning storm on the horizon. Once again a lot of fun.

Sea-breeze storm lightning with moon at night.
July, August and September are my favorite months to chase and capturing the Florida lightning storms. Not to mention any, ahem… hurricanes. Let’s see what tomorrow will bring.