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Storm Chasing


Weather Pictures and Storm Chasing
Chase July 31 2002

Route:Soest - Amersfoort - Apeldoorn - Beilen - Sleen - Rolde - Paterswolde - Drachten - Soest
Chasepartner(s):Saskia Mulder
Weatherdata:Radarloop -- Rainfall -- Lightning data

The heatwave in The Netherlands came to an end with some great storms. Yesterday airmass storms formed near my hometown and they were fun to watch. This day more organised storms were to be expected. At 16.30 LT we left Soest and went east. Just west of Apeldoorn we found our first storm and it was a big one. Near the gustfront there was an amazing whale's mouth. We stopped near a gas station to shoot some photos.
Soon after we went further east and later north. While driving we saw many CG's striking near the highway. In the north it was dry again, but only for a short time. We found a very active storm near Rolde. It produced cloudburst rainfall and streets got flooded. Also, there were many IC-strikes, producing constant rumbling. Somewhat further east hailstones up to 3 cm were falling, but not at our position. We followed the storm northwest, but near Drachten the storm died on us. So no lightning photography, but the sunset was worth looking at!


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