July 07-14

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2014: July: July 07-14
Superior storm cell    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brad Uren
Lightning    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brad Uren
Snap, crackle, pop    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brad Uren
Hail    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brad Uren
Storm on the radar    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo courtesy of KMQT-Marquette,MI/Negaunee

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:55 am:

Today's photos and narrative come to us from Brad Uren, who was overlooking Lake Superior, out at Sedar Bay during one of our recent thunder and lightning storms. He described all that was taking place so well, I didn't think I could improve on it, so here's what he had to say…

"On the evening of June 29, after a long warm summer day, a line of scattered storms moved across the Keweenaw Peninsula. Several of these cells were very energetic, producing a lot of lightning and one released large hailstones of up to 1/2 of an inch in diameter.

After the initial line of storms passed over Sedar (Cedar) Bay, I continued to hear thunder getting louder. A quick glance west over the lake revealed an isolated storm just offshore. This cell moved slowly off shore, eventually crossing over land miles north of my location. For nearly 45 minutes, I attempted to capture what I was seeing.

In the last photo, you can see the Marquette radar still shot, from that evening. That small spot just west of the Houghton-Keweenaw county line is the storm that I photographed.

The other photos capture some of the lightning show from that evening. Conditions were perfect for photographing the storm. It was distant enough to allow photos of much of the cell. It also provided some measure of safety as there were no storms or lightning directly overhead while photographing the action. The sun had gone down, adding an orange glow to the horizon below a deep blue sky of twilight. The lightning occasionally took on a purple hue, as seen in some of the photos. In others, it was a brilliant white that reflected off the wet rocks on the beach."
Since that evening…we've been having numerous thunder and lightning storms, with some high winds and heavy rain. Thanks, Brad, for sharing the photos and your narrative, too. You sure made my job easy today!
Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:08 am:

Nothing like being in the right place at the right time; fantastic pics, certainly should be entered in a photo contest.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:09 am:

INCREDIBLE....Is my only way to describe it

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:12 am:

The first 3 photos are amazing! Love the coloring! Does the U.P. have tornadoes happen? Last week we experienced straight line winds damage and last night 45 miles west of us tornadoes did damage. Iowa just can't get a break from destructive storms!

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:21 am:

WOW!! Hard to believe such beauty can appear alongside such fierceness!!

Janie, when we lived in ND and travelled back and forth to OH, we always dreaded the weather we might encounter in Iowa. Went thru some terrific storms there.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:26 am:

Wow...thanks for the dramatic pics, Brad. Hopefully, you were well grounded, as lightning can strike many miles away from the storm.

By Mike B. Wishin I was back in the Yoop (Mikeb) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:56 am:

That first picture is now my new desktop wallpaper. Awesome pics.

By Greta Jones (Urbanescapees) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:25 pm:

Great captures, Brad!

By Just me (Jaby) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 01:18 pm:

Incredible photos!!!!!

By Dr. Nat (Drnat) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 01:41 pm:

Those are fantastic photos!

By Duane P. (Islandman43) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 01:57 pm:

Outstanding photographs. Lightning is a captivating phenomenon. The world would certainly be a different place if we could harness that energy and put it to use.

By Barbara Bouwkamp (Barbarab) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 05:31 pm:

Absolutely incredible photos, just great! Thanks for sharing.

By Mike Schneider (Upmike) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 05:50 pm:

Nice shootin there Brad!

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 08:42 pm:

AMAZING! I'm with Mike B., it's now my wallpaper as well!

Nice work Brad!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 04:24 am:


By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 08:57 am:

Just amazing, Brad, thank you. These are once-in-a-lifetime images. (Now prove me wrong and go get more like this!) Wow!

By George L. (Yooperinct) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 09:41 am:

Hope at least one of these great pics makes it onto the 2015 Pasty Calendar. Great shots, Brad!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 09:29 pm:

Spectacular pictures!!!!

By Joseph Geshel (Calumetkid) on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 04:31 am:

The top lightening shot is as good as it gets. Its a winner in any contest. Great job.

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