On July 24, 2011, I decided to go storm chasing after I heard from my friend Mike Goehring of OriginalPro Films that the lightning coming our way was supposed to be awesome. I headed out with my camera and camcorder and started driving out to North Topeka because the radar showed the storm to be more intense in the northern part of the storm. The result was some great video clips of lightning and some decent photos, although the majority of the lightning I caught on my camera was hidden behind the clouds and didn't show up as well as I would have liked.
This first clip was taken on 46th Street on my way toward Landon Road in North Topeka, KS. They are all fairly short clips but show some very powerful lightning. This one is my favorite shot so far, but I have a lot of footage to look over still.
This second clip is still on 46th Street heading toward Landon. You'll see a huge flash of light on the right side of the screen. Look just above the treeline and you'll see the actual bolt of lightning, which has a wicked shape and looks like it runs straight down out of the clouds and then goes parallel to the trees. At the same time you can see a bolt on the far left side coming in from apparently another bolt of lightning.
The lightning in this last clip is all over the place. I show it once at regular speed and then again at 1/4th speed so you can see it a little better. It also begins with a huge flash of light on the right side.
SLIDESHOW: Lightning photos from July 24, 2011
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.