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Weather Pictures and Storm Chasing
News July 2004

On this page I make notice of the latest updates to the site (new pictures etc.), tell something about interesting actual weather at my location, or about a performed chase.

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July 30 2004:
Added new pictures to the following pages:
- Summer
- Cumulus congestus Clouds
- Cumulus mediocris Clouds

July 29 2004:
At last! Sunny, dry and warm summer weather in The Netherlands. Todays highs will exceed 25 degrees in the entire nation with clear blue skies.

Yesterday I bought myself the Nikon D70, digital SLR camera. From now on, most of the new additions to this site will be shot with this camera.

July 25 2004:
A disappointing day with lots of clouds, some rain and low temperatures.

Added new pictures to the following pages:
- Altocumulus Clouds
- Summer
- Shelf Clouds

July 23 2004:
The last week was quite warm, but unsettled as well. Some locations received lots of rain during a short period of time. Last Wednesday airbase Volkel received no less than 60 mm.
Yesterday was the warmest day of the week with highs between 24 and 28 degrees. Last night mainly the southeast of the country had to deal with an active thunderstorm.

July 17 2004:
Yesterday evening warm summer air moved into The Netherlands and today temperatures rose into a range of 25-31 degrees. Air-mass was also moderatly unstable, so strong thunderstorms developed in the course of the afternoon. An active squall line, which could have been a derecho, rushed into the country from the west towards the evening. This convective line was marked by a spectacular looking shelf cloud! I chased todays convection together with Ben Lankamp.
Pictures of todays storms

July 11 2004:
Updated the Links Section

Dutch summer weather became misserable with cloudy skies, often a shower or some rain and very low temperatures.

July 10 2004:
Added new pictures to the following pages:
- Wall Clouds
- Roll Clouds
- Shelf Clouds
- Cumulonimbus Clouds
- Cumulus congestus Clouds

July 9 2004:
After a few more summerlike days the unsettled weather returned to Holland by Wednesday evening. An active low pressure system over France caused increasing winds and lots of rain at some places. Thursday moderatly unstable air was present and with an increasing wind shear, storms became more organized. Multiple supercells formed, producing large hail up to 4 cm and rotating lowerings.
Ben Lankamp and I chased storms during the second half of the afternoon and the entire evening. It became a great success as we managed to capture a great rotating storm with marvelous outflow features.
Pictures of the July 8 chase

July 4 2004:
July starts very unsettled with strong winds, often cloudy skies and numerous showers and thunderstorms. A street of thunderstorms formed over Central Netherlands Friday evening. I was right underneath that street of storms, so in a very bad position for lightning photography. Unfortunaly, I was too tired to find a decent vantage point and decided to stay home. To make it even worse; I had just left work when the storm overtooke me while I was driving home on my bike. I got completely soaked! I did manage to record a couple of thunders with my digital camcorder though.What an amazing storms these were! Tropical downpours, small hail and a nice close CG every now and then. The storm lasted almost the entire night and even Saturday morning a couple of thundery polar airmass showers passed my hometown. A nearby official KNMI precipitation station measured 64 mm of rain and a local amateur nearly 70 mm. Spectacular!
Saturday afternoon more showers and storms formed and I decided to chase a couple. Saw a nice storm near Amersfoort, around noon. Nothing serious, but the storm had a marvelous flanking line. After this storm had moved away, I drove to Flevoland, but no real storm managed to form there. There were lots of fractus clouds near convection bases...somethimes showing a funnellike appearance. Later in the evening more active storms passed Flevoland en I went to Lelystad to observe and document them. Wild green skies with lots of purple and pink lightning discharges. Too bad it was a bit too dark for daytime photography and too light for lightning photography. The whale's mouth on the southern edge of the complex was really amazing, I've never seen such a huge event.

Yesterday, I observed for over 10 hours of lightning activity, quite uncommon for polar air-mass storms, I think.
Pictures of yesterdays storms

July 1 2004:
Added a new Photo of the Month.

June 2004 had a normal temperature, a normal amount of precipitation and a somewhat below normal amount of sunshine.

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