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Itchy
07-10-2010, 07:06 PM
The day was a basic bust all in all as many know. It was a game of chance, storms would pop up and become breifly interesting before collapsing. I saw the Strathroy storm and decided to head out. By the time I got through London's nasty traffic the storm was north of the city and falling apart. I decided to head north of London as that was said to be the areas of Interest for the day.
I got through the core and saw a storm with a long forward flank and a small low topped circular based updraft behind it to the northwest. Scud began to pour out of the core to my surprise and it was very solid, it formed a wall cloud with some slight rotation. I took some pics and tried to get closer as it was far away and contrast was bad but by the time I was even slightly closer it began to fall apart. Still a surprise and pure luck again, the lowering lasted around 20 minutes from birth to death.

Here was the view of the stratford cell from my window, again I dumbed out of an amazing timelapse oppourtunity. Nice classic structure for a weaker summer heat thunderstorm.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4777925307_b73fbc5fe7_z.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4778563934_b0f61ea5ee_b.jpg

By the time I got to it it was falling apart, after these shots taken just west of London I headed north.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4778568078_f9714894d7_z.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4778594326_a1cb6a1fe4_b.jpg

Here is the scud before it connected to the base, bad contrast but it was solid. I was somewhere in southeast Huron County Looking northwest
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4777965669_8f6dc4d10f_z.jpg

Then it just gets sucked up and another inflow tail forms in the opposite direction of the other thick one feeding off the core
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4778605612_f247367f54_b.jpg

It gets larger very fast and I wonder at one point again if i was going to see a small spinup, there was some nice rotation and good lift
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4777978903_8ede06be71_b.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4777985571_74ea2826ac_b.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4136/4778626256_e0bdc6cac8_b.jpg

I then drive for a little ways to get closer and it falls apart fast, the storms I think were sensing chasers and killing themselves maybe ........The updraft goeas above all those messy midlevel clouds but look how low topped the forward flank was !!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4778631472_74d2719082_b.jpg

and zoomed in
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4079/4778636586_a306acec8f_b.jpg

I then went close and got under the base when there was no more lowering at all, lots of lightning and a core of a mucky high based storm to the west was forming dropping a lot of lightning. I then went home not wanting to go further because of lack of potential return.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4778641620_fbb49b6c3f_b.jpg

DarkSky
07-10-2010, 07:42 PM
Nice shots - nice towering Cu's too!