EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Well, as forecast a line of strong storms developed out ahead of a fast moving cold front Thursday evening. The severity of the storms was not quite as strong as I thought they would be but none the less, most of East Texas was given a spectacular lightning display with heavy rain and gusty winds. Yours truly drove all over East Texas with my chase partner Paul Lachowsky looking for places to take lightning photos. Unfortunately from all the angles we approached the storms, the lightning was hidden from us by very heavy rain and small hail. We got hundreds of illuminated sky capes but very little in the way of actual lightning bolts. A few of our viewers had better luck just staying at home. Tim Ogrodnik was again lucky in capturing a few lightning shoots and was kind enough to send them my way. The shoot of the actual bolts is from him, I need to take lessons(to see photo click here).
For the most part the severe weather remained west of our viewing area last night however, there were many large trees blown down and power outages reported across western Upshur County. As for hail, I can vouch for pea size hail in a few locations as the loud ting of hail hitting Paul's truck greeted us in a few locations.
A couple of interesting photos I took last night included a look at the back edge of the storms with clear skies immediately behind the line. I love seeing the back edge of a thunderstorm with stars all around(to see photo click here). The second photo was a tree that was struck by lightning last night in front of Bullard High School. The tree was still smoldering as you can see the orange glow of the trunk and the rest of the tree smoldering on the ground to the left. Wish I could have seen the bolt hit.