Amazing afternoon and evening late September lightning storms....Florida style.
It might be officially Fall, but Florida is still hanging on to its late summertime rainy season, and I continue to capture as many storm days as possible before the dry season takes hold.
After several days of overcast skies, with showers and isolated thunder showers, the hot late September sun broke out once again across central and south Florida. The clear skies aided in heating up the lower atmosphere that gave way to breeze boundary circulations on both coasts and including Lake Okeechobee.
The first round of sea-breeze thunderstorms developed in Palm Beach county with little movement, but this complex of thunderstorms produced a stout outflow boundary that help to push the sea-breeze boundary further inland across Lake Okeechobee and into south-central Florida.
Time To Follow The Boundary
I go where the boundaries go. These boundaries came together over the lower Kissimmee River basin, and I found myself spending the remainder of the afternoon and well into the evening hours filming lightning storms in Glades, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties.
After several rounds of shorter lived thunderstorms that were triggered along outflow boundaries and the East Coast sea-breeze boundary, a more isolated dominant storm developed around sunset just west of the Kissimmee River in Highlands County. The cooler and drier air aloft helped to clear the skies out at sunset, which also allowed the fading dusk light to illuminate the western face of this beautiful thunderhead.
I fought off the large mosquitoes swarming around me while trying to capture the very vivid lightning display that was taking place to my north. It was totally worth it. The storm went on for about another 45 minutes sending a refreshing outflow breeze boundary through my location helping to cool me off and blast those mosquitoes away.
The storm slowly dissipated as I packed up my gear and headed off back to the east, all while watching the remainder of the lightning through my rearview mirror wondering if I should've stayed just a tad longer.
It's Friday...Ready For Some More.
As for today, it's beginning to look like a very similar set up to yesterday, and I plan to head back out into the interior counties to play with the boundaries and the isolated evening storms.