August Lightning in Alabama

Alabama storms always give us a lightshow. Lot’s of lightning in August.

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Summer Lightning near Montgomery Alabama.

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LIGHTNING SAFETY

Being outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. The National Weather Service advises that when you hear thunder or see lightning to quickly move indoors or into a hard topped vehicle and remain there until well after the storm has passed.

Any location is dangerous durning a lightning storm, however, some areas are more dangerous than others. Some of the riskiest locations include:

  • Anywhere near the water:
    • Boating
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Activities on the beach
  • Areas near tall trees (especially isolated trees):
    • Golf course
    • Picnic areas
    • Hiking trails
  • High terrains such as hill tops and ridges
  • High places such as house roofs during construction
  • Open areas like fields
Outdoor Safety Rules

Knowing outdoor safety rules can help save your life or that of loved ones.

When lightning approaches, get inside a completely enclosed building. Car-ports, open garages, storage sheds, metal sheds, and covered patios are not safe shelters.

If no enclosed building is available, get inside a hard-topped, all metal vehicle.

Get out of the water! Get off the beach and out of small boats and canoes. If caught in a boat, crouch down in the center of the boat away from metal hardware. Avoid standing in puddles of water, even if wearing rubber boots.

If you cannot reach shelter, avoid being the tallest object in the area. Do not take shelter under a tree. If you are in the woods, find shelter under the shortest trees.

If only isolated trees are nearby, crouch on the balls of your feet. A rule of thumb to follow is to stay twice as far away from a tree as it is tall. Don’t lie on the ground.

Avoid leaning against vehicles and get off bicycles and motorcycles.

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Dhaka Sewers wins 3rd Spider Awards

Dhaka Sewers won 3rd place in photojournalism in the 10th annual BW Spider Awards.

http://www.thespiderawards.com/10thshow/winners.php?x=a&cid=293

Dhaka Sewers

Dhaka Sewers

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July Lightning

When the summer gets hot the summer storms come rolling in here in Alabama!

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Lighting bolts during an extreme summer storm east of Wetumpka Alabama

 

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Summer Storm Clouds

We had a nice storm roll through Alabama last night. These pictures were going up last night except for the fact I lost power. No lightning bolts but flashes lit the clouds nicely. Looking east toward Tallassee.

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Lightning flashes create interesting texture and lighting among the clouds.

 

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The clouds are blurry due to the 12 second exposure and wind blowing the clouds. Note the flag. Very windy storm.

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Long exposure brought out blue light from the clouds and flashes of lightning.

 

MORE LIGHTNING PICTURES.

Go http://earlb.smugmug.com/Weather/Lightning/ 

or http://www.earlb.com/blog/weather/#/

Enjoy!

EB

 

 

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Dhaka Sewers

Dhaka Sewers

Men working in the sewers in Dhaka Bangladesh

 

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Rickshaw in Dhaka

Rickshaws come in many flavors in Dhaka Bangladesh.

Rickshaw Ride

A Rickshaw driver smokes as he drives through the streets of Dhaka.

 

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Elephants in the Serengeti

Elephants wander across the grasslands early in the morning deep in the Serengeti.
Click on image to see larger size.

Elephants walk through the tall grass on an early morning stroll.

 

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Goodbye summer Milky Way

Well the summer is about over and the richness of our galaxy, The Milky Way, sets for another year. Even with all the light pollution nearby you can still get some decent shots of our galaxy.

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The summer Milky Way sets in the west.

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