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Four significant thunderstorms affected the Boston area Tuesday. That’s four separate opportunities for me to photograph lightning during, and then after, my shift as a Boston Herald photographer. I chase most of the thunderstorms that come our way. We in the Boston region experience an average of  30 days of thunderstorm activity per year, according to Wikipedia. A brilliant lightning storm was the first of these Tuesday events, striking during the morning commute. The thrust of the lightning seemed to be affecting South Boston to Quincy, before exiting out over Winthrop, and the open waters. I positioned myself in a safe place in Southie and set up my tripod. I was disappointed with the results. It seemed that every place I pointed my lens at, the lightning would be in a different spot, and then when I corrected to that spot, it would then strike where I had been pointing at earlier. I did, however, get a photo of lightning over Dorchester Heights/Telegraph Hill. The second storm roared out of the Littleton area and moved toward Beverly. I chose to speed toward Marblehead, as I wanted to try for lightning over the historic Abbott Hall. This venture was unsuccessful regarding lightning, however I did capture the ominous clouds exiting Marblehead neck. I then realized that the weather radar was showing a different storm, taking a more southerly track that appeared to be heading for Boston. I viewed the radar and chose East Boston as my best bet to capture lightning over the city. I arrived in Eastie and set up the tripod and started to shoot, framing the city’s Financial and Seaport Districts. This worked well, as in a flash of 1/8th of a second, two large and branching bolts appeared. I was using a Canon 100-400mm at F.6.4 and a 50 ISO speed. The last storm was exiting the region from between Deer Island and Quincy. I chose to turn the camera black and white for this photo. Below are my photos from Tuesday. Thanks for viewing.

Lightning strikes in back of Southie's Telegraph Hill/Dorchester Height, during the first of 4 thunderstorms that affected the region on Tuesday.

Above, lightning strikes in back of Southie’s Telegraph Hill/Dorchester Height, during the first of 4 thunderstorms that affected the region on Tuesday.

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Above, lightning strikes over Eastie, Tuesday morning.

The second of 4 thunderstorms exits the region off of Marblehead Neck.

Above, the second of 4 thunderstorms exits the region off of Marblehead Neck.

A sailboat escapes the Marblehead lightning, choosing to come into port shortly after the storm.

Above, a sailboat escapes the Marblehead lightning, choosing to come into port shortly after the storm.

Lightning strikes over the Boston skyline, Tuesday afternoon.

Above, lightning strikes over the Boston skyline, Tuesday afternoon.

Lightning strikes over Boston's Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon's thunderstorm activity.

Above, lightning strikes over Boston’s Financial and Seaport Districts during Tuesday afternoon’s thunderstorm activity.

The Tuesday afternoon storm clears over the Tobin Bridge.

Above, the Tuesday afternoon storm clears over the Tobin Bridge.

Lightning exits the Massachusetts east coast between Winthrop and Quincy, during the last of the thunderstorms, Tuesday evening.

Lightning exits the Massachusetts east coast between Winthrop and Quincy, during the last of the thunderstorms, Tuesday evening.

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I chase and photograph thunderstorms. Every thunderstorm that I can chase, I chase. July 28, 2014 was a day off from work as a Boston Herald news photographer, which afforded me the opportunity to storm chase. The storm cells that the weather radar showed just after 9am that morning, looked like a good possibility for me. I drove to Bayswater St. in East Boston thinking I could shoot the Boston skyline with any lightning that might be occur. It did not occur. The storm’s energy seemed to shift quickly toward the northeast, over what appeared to be the Revere, Saugus, Everett area. I then drove to Morton St. in Winthrop, which gives a nice view of Revere. Photos of daytime lightning are very difficult to achieve, especially during haze and heavy rain, so this was not turning out too well for me. I did, however, notice the very turbulent sky above Revere. I snapped a few photos. Shortly thereafter I got a tip that Revere had a lot of damage near the lower Broadway area, near city hall. I called the Herald photo desk and then arrived at Broadway and Tafts St. in approximately 10 minutes. The extent of the damage was shocking. I started taking photos and then moved toward Revere Beach Parkway. There I saw several homes with rooftops blown off. It was then, after seeing the angle of the fallen trees and calling up a high school weather class memory, that I guessed it might have been a tornado that socked this area. If fallen trees are angled in several different angles, then most likely it was a tornado. If the trees are lined up in the same way, then it was straight line winds that tore through the area. Here are some of the cloud formations just prior to, and after the tornado, and also the damage caused by it. Please check out the Boston Herald for continuing coverage.
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MassPort and FAA air traffic officials had their hands full today as at least 8 flights were diverted to Boston Logan due to thunderstorms over the JFK airport area. KLM Dutch, Pakistan International, China Eastern, Egypt Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, and Swiss were among the at least 8 that were directed to an area of the airport to await further instructions. The majority of the planes appeared to have kept passengers on the airplanes and not deplaned them. Most planes had to wait at least 2 hours before they were on their way again. Here are some of my photos of these rarely scene jetliners at Logan.
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Some of my favorite Boston aviation moments of 2013, in photos.

As a professional photographer, a Winthrop resident, and a self proclaimed aviation fanatic, I have enjoyed bearing witness to some fun moments in and around Logan airport. here are some of my photos from 2013.

June 24, 2013. A distant lightning bolt strikes well behind a departing Logan airliner.

June 24, 2013. A distant lightning bolt strikes well behind a departing Logan airliner.

December 19, 2013. A cold moon greets an incoming airliner as seen from Winthrop.

December 19, 2013.
A cold moon greets an incoming airliner as seen from Winthrop.

October 19, 2013 Boston's Custom House frames a departing jet.

October 19, 2013
Boston’s Custom House frames a departing jet.

November 13, 2013 Window washers, working on Northern avenue, are framed by a jet departing Logan airport.

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Window washers, working on Northern avenue, are framed by a jet departing Logan airport.

September 18, 2013 A transatlantic flight exits the US east coast over Winthrop,MA.

September 18, 2013
A transatlantic flight exits the US east coast over Winthrop,MA.

May 9, 2013 An American Airlines jet arrives at Boston's Logan airport.

May 9, 2013
An American Airlines jet arrives at Boston’s Logan airport.

July 7, 2013 An Are Lingus Airbus-330 land at Boston's Logan airport.

July 7, 2013
An Aer Lingus Airbus-330 land at Boston’s Logan airport.

May 6, 2013 Fog and the sun "shadow" a departing airliner, as seen from Winthrop,MA

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Fog and the sun “shadow” a departing airliner, as seen from Winthrop,MA

July 29, 2013 A thunderstorm approaches Boston's Logan airport.

July 29, 2013
A thunderstorm approaches Boston’s Logan airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fiery Sunrise in Winthrop,MA

A kayaker is framed by yesterday’s sunrise, as I saw it, from Winthrop Shore Dr. in Winthrop,MA

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This photo was snapped from my Winthrop home, out our 3rd floor window, at approximately 7:23pm-ish tonight. Thanks to the internet, one can find out what type of plane, destination, and airline, etc. This is an Atlas Air 747-400. It is going 560mph at 36,000 feet. It is going from JFK-Frankfurt, Germany.

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One of the most beautiful Boston sunsets in a long time.

Tonight had it all. A rainbow, over Winthrop, some lightning, some thunderstorm cloud tops that were illuminated by the setting sun. Very cool! Here are some photos I snapped from Winthrop tonight.

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Another day, another beautiful Boston rainbow

I snapped this from our Somerville front porch during a late dinner. I don’t think I have ever seen such a unique sunset. It was beautiful as this JetBlue plane climbed over Somerville after departing Logan.

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Lightning flies above Boston’s Logan airport

Lightning, associated with a line of heavy thunderstorms, briefly delayed some flights tonight at Logan airport. The arrivals and departures used many different runway configurations to avoid flying into the storms. Here are four photos where lightning is seen in the same photo as an airplane, from varying distances.

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This morning’s fog shrouds the Boston skyline

The Prudential and Hancock towers are seen this morning from Brookline.

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