This was one of those days... I had the day off work, some gear to play with, time to kill, and there was a 1% chance of storms!! North of the city it was snow and in the Southwest a warm front was pushing in from Michigan. So I decided to head towards Sarnia.
While waiting for a possible thunderstorm, I decided to throw some grads on the 16-35 and snap some cloud photos.
I haven't put a grad filter set on the camer on a while and forgot just how awesome the effect is! You can fake it with photoshop or lightroom but nothing beats the real deal.
My only hope was for an elevated storm or two, strong easterly winds off of Lake Erie were pushing the warm front back and a stationary front became established in Michigan. There was an 8 degree difference and huge humidity difference too.
The HRRR & WRF-NAM consistently kept popping a little storm just south of Sarnia so I headed to the river and snapped some photos while I waited. This is the new 11-24mm lens that I think will serve me well in Tornado Alley.
Looking south with the super wide angle lens!
Looking up with the lens at 11mm makes this willow looks stretched!
09Z Analysis - A strong low with substantial dynamics aloft and a very large warm sector, fed by tons of daylight ahead of what was a rather narrow stretch of frontal cloud cover worked into Southern Ontario. With the low came some early season thunderstorms which had small hail but were highly electrically charged.
The storms were not propogating in the usual sense, instead they were bubbling up along theta-e lines and sort of drifting north. It was odd and meant the lightning was not situated anywhere predicatbly. Plus, it was 2AM and I was actually exhausted from Easter Sunday. So I was not in the mood for a drive and figured I would try my hand from the window.. without a tripod... which I left in the car.. DOH!
The initial lightning display was great!
But then as the storm cell drifted north, the bulk of the lightning decided to hide behind the front tree. Maybe I should have gone for drive???!!!!
And so the night went, the rest of the bolts hid behind the trees out of clear sight. Eventually I decided to call it a night and hit the pillow!
That was until I was awoken by the extremely hard rumbling cracking sound of small hail hitting the steel roof! I called it a night right after this.