5:43 PM, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – Looking west across upper Clinton Lake just west of Lawrence. Breaking up is hard to do..
When it became clear that storms Wednesday evening would remain well south and east of Lawrence, I decided to take a little ride out to Clinton Lake to see the clearing line. It seemed like the sun was about to set when I drove out there because it was so dark from the thick, layered clouds, but then the clouds to the west started breaking up and the sun was still actually still pretty high up – it wasn’t almost sunset all!
When approaching the shore of Clinton Lake, have your camera ready for any big old herons that may be lurking on the shoreline but are about to take off due to your approach. I was a a little slow on the uptake again, and this one was huge.
5:48 PM – There were some funny clouds and light effects on the back edge of the storm cloud band, as seen here.
5:54 PM – A slight drift of wind from the west is starting to pick up.
Looking southeastward toward the storms on the horizon.
5:57 PM – Looking west again. The west wind is picking up a bit more as seen with the increasing ripples on the water. Some nice crepuscular rays beam downward below the clouds.
6:05 PM – Zoom shot of some unusual stringy clouds above the cumulous cloud tops. These are caused by moist, rolling wind currents being forced upward over the lower updraft in the billowing cumulous tops. The stringy clouds then dissipate as the wind drops downward again on the other side of cumulous cloud top.
6:07 PM – Some outlier build-ups to the southeast. These later developed into small storms as they moved into the south KC metro area.
On the way back near the marina, in Clinton Lake State Park. There are LOTS of deer in the area. They are fairly tame, but skittish. One should drive very slowly as you pass them by the side of the road, lest they leap right in front of you! Nice deer!
Back in in the neighborhood, walking the dog at 7:30 PM. A pink sunset drew us outside as the sun neared the horizon.
A mix of mid and high clouds in several layers and in funny shaped patterns all lit up from below. Such is often the case with the high-altitude cloud layers along the back edge of thunderstorm complexes.