Panorama taken from a covered kiosk on a dune crossover boardwalk

Panorama taken from a covered kiosk on a dune crossover boardwalk from the (S rainbow) Gulf of Mexico straight to the (N sunrise) forest with a view of (W) Deer Lake

Sunrise Storm

This might be the peak of my career as lover of Deer Lake State Park, FL, July 8, 2018. Weather forecast at 4:30AM CDT was for storms later in the day. Radar future showed the storm clouds staying south over the Gulf of Mexico.

After parking at 5:08, I stopped for photos of what I think is Mars and what was definitely the moon amid rallying clouds. Walking east on the beach, I kept checking the rain cloud to the south advancing towards me. I reached the stairs up over the park looking at sunrise when the first drops fell so I went to the kiosk shelter at 5:48. Stayed there for 45 minutes through several iterations of the downpour with rainbows intermittently arching overhead. It was the perfect place to be in the center of the storm path from south to north seeing it all around.

When it let up, I wrapped my camera in plastic zipped into the bag and walked west as fast as I could while still glorying in the views. A snowy plover walked ahead of me for awhile. Dark clouds and rain drapes approached and then covered the One Seagrove tower west, in the direction I headed. Walking faster, drops did start getting more frequent as I left Walton Dunes for my car.

The turtle watchers Sheila and Barbara drove towards me. I whooped, laughed, waved and yelled, "I'm not stopping" into their open window. Rain poured down just after I got to my car. I was doubly lucky in shelter today.

Click most of the photos for an larger version, not the radar maps.

Mars amid clouds to the SW Mars amid clouds to the SW on the way from the parking lot to the beach.

Moon misted over in the sky to the E Moon misted over in the sky to the E.

Storm building over the gulf to the S Storm building over the gulf to the S. The drape of rain is heading N towards me and the sun beyond to eventually catch the rainbow.

Views of 5:48 sunrise, moon and rain clouds advancing over the gulf as the storm arrives.

Meditation on the rain and the luminescent colors in the rain over the gulf from the boardwalk kiosk above the beach dunes.

Radar at 5:54 of the rain approaching my location as the sun did appear in the N opposite the storm's path Radar at 5:54 of the rain approaching my location as the sun did appear in the N opposite the storm's path Radar at 5:54 of the rain approaching my location as the sun did appear in the N opposite the storm's path.

Quickie rainbow over water with a wave. 10 minutes after sunrise.

Rainbow W end Rainbow W end

Rainbow E end and overview to the S Rainbow E end and overview to the S

Radar at 6:12 where I'm engulfed in rain Radar at 6:12 where I'm engulfed in rain.

Rain patterns at 6:13.

Cloud layers to the W. Fuzzier is closer Cloud layers to the W. Fuzzier is closer.

Radar at 6:24 as the rain is almost past me Radar at 6:24 as the rain is almost past me.

More rain clouds

Overview, more rain clouds

Luminous colors over gulf waters Luminous colors over gulf waters

6:27 more rain is coming At 6:27 more rain is coming.

View of the park beach with One Seagrove building in the west View of the park beach where I will walk back to my car, with the One Seagrove tall building in the distance.

6:28 closer view of the beach 6:28 closer view of the beach.

Rainbow fragment A fragment of rainbow in the clouds.

Radar at 6:33 as I'm walking on the beach Radar at 7:11 still raining at 74° F where I made my getaway Radar at 6:33 as I'm walking on the beach. Radar at 7:11 still raining at 74° F where I made my getaway.

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