Cumulonimbus with overshooting tops coming east into Virginia on a hot July night; even with lightning bugs (fireflies) out. One of the clearest structured severe storms I've seen over the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah National Park.
Chased a storm down to Greene County, Virginia where I've spent a little bit of time. I caught the double rainbow moments before the sun disappeared over the Blue Ridge. Loved how the low cloud base reflected the colors on the right and fence reinforced the lower-third.
Captured from a Chester, MD private residence across Chesapeake Bay north to Baltimore. Massive night supercell passing over Baltimore, MD with multiple tornado warnings. Unreal lightning and cloud tops over 50K. August 14, 2012.
Tornado-warned supercell near Paducah, TX on June 7, 2014. I couldn't get over how strong the mid-level rotation was: How the last rays of light and lightning illuminated the structure was something to see.
Fourth of July over Paris, Virginia! 30 second exposure.
Strongest consistent lightning I've seen in a Virginia thunderstorm. This was taken from the top of Paris Mountain off of route 50 looking over Paris itself. No injuries or damage were reported from this storm to my knowledge.
My first real lightning shot and the most unforgettable. The white drops were thought by many to be hail but they are simply rain illuminated by the strike that I'd estimate was no more than 100 yards away. Grateful to have captured this moment safely and without compromise photographically.
The most frequent storm structure in Virginia: a cumulus tower with a decent updraft but little/no shear. Most collapse back onto themselves due to lack of warm air in the updraft. They're often called "pulse" storms or as a friend of mine says "popcorn" storms.