A wicked lightning storm

Prairie Storm Lightning - © Christopher Martin-8527

One of my drives home earlier this week was made more exciting by a massive thundercloud just south of Highway 8.  I stopped near the Rockyview Fire Department in Elbow Valley and photographed as it rumbled past.  There were a few lightning strikes that I managed to capture but I was paying more attention to the angry beast.

Prairie Storm Lightning - © Christopher Martin-8558

It was dark, dark grey in the center, the edges were rolling fast and the temperature plunged by 10°C or more just before the rain began to fall.  I scurried back into my car once the volume raised up to a downpour.  Back on the road, I wondered how the storm would develop as it moved eastward.  The next morning, I learned that it contributed to the flooding and heavy hail that beat up Chestermere.  That was one of the mean summer storms we get in the Calgary area and I am sorry to hear about the damage it caused.

Prairie Storm Lightning - © Christopher Martin-8566

5 responses

  1. great shots!

    July 21, 2015 at 10:48 pm

  2. Wow. That is some storm.

    July 20, 2015 at 2:12 pm

  3. Spectacular images, Chris!

    July 18, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  4. A couper le souffle…! Magnifique !

    July 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

  5. Margie

    It seems like we are getting our June weather in July.

    July 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm

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