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In the low sun the storm presented a pretty double rainbow pretending not to be harmful 😉 A few minutes later the massive hail shafts were lit up by the sun and showed the truth…
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This photo was taken in the Champagne (Département Ardennes) near Rethel during a four day stormchasing tour through western Europe in 2014.
For several days parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany have experienced a very rare weather pattern with exceptionally high energetic airmasses and strong wind shear. This lead to quite a few very strong thunderstorms racing over these areas again and again and again, most of them of supercellular nature.
During four days of strenuous stormchasing through France, Belgium and Germany mother nature showed us her power and beauty at her best – days like these are the reason for any stormchaser to go through all those agonizing moments of continuous decision making, weather forecasting, driving hundreds or thousands of kilometers may be for literally nothing, waiting bored for hours, missing the right spot, arriving too late or staying at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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We prefer to stay close to the Red River and catch a very active thunderstorm with tons of lightning. the colors were so incredibly intense. With this green and blue, the storm reminded me of the Caribbean beaches. Anyway, these colors indicate hail. So it’s better you take some distance from this storm!
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