Saturday, August 29, 2015

August Thunderstorm, Grand Marais Harbor

Last night before going to bed we were noticing some lightning flashes outside, so I looked at the weather radar and it showed a huge line of thunderstorms heading from west to east across northern Minnesota.  I decided to head out and try to capture some photos of the lightning.  I've been wanting to capture a lightning photograph over the Grand Marais harbor for quite some time, so that's where I decided to go.  The radar showed the most intense parts of the storms were still a bit west of us, so I figured I had enough time to make the 40 minute drive before the storms passed by.  

Well, the weather hit a little earlier than I expected and it ended up taking an extra 10 minutes to get to Grand Marais.  The lightning was spectacular all the way along the drive and I was worried I was going to miss it over the harbor.  Several times I had to slow to 35 to 40 miles per hour as the rain was coming down so hard I could barely see the lines on the highway.  Thankfully, when I arrived in Grand Marais the storms were still going full blast.  I was able to capture a few good shots of the lightning strikes before the weather moved too far out over the lake.  The one you see here is my favorite shot of the night.  

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