If you have followed me and my photography at all you will know that severe weather is far and away my favorite photographic subject. I was chasing storms before I knew that storm chasing was actually a thing and knew that when I moved back home to the Pacific Northwest back in 2012 that having severe warned storms here was going to be a somewhat rare occasion.
Since we moved to Olympia back in the spring of 2012 we have had one severe warned storm come through the metro area. We have had a few in the general area, usually to the south of us, so I was pretty excited when everything lined up in early May for what ended up being a pretty epic storm.
This image was captured after the severe warned cell passed over my head. I sat in 14.5″ an hour rain. For those that don’t know, 14.5″ an hour is a crazy amount of rain. Shortly after this storm passed over me, near the Olympia airport, it travelled to the northeast, over Lacey, WA, where it developed into a wet microburst that did an impressive amount of damage.
I am looking forward to making a trip or two to Arizona over the next month or two and hope to get some Arizona monsoon chasing in, it is one of the things from Arizona that I truly miss.