I chase and photograph thunderstorms. Every thunderstorm that I can chase, I chase. Today I could chase as I was on an off day from work as a Boston Herald photographer. The storm cells that the weather radar showed just after 9am this morning, looked like a good possibility for me. I drove to Bayswater St. in East Boston and then 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 Boston and 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.
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.
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.
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.
November 13, 2013
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.
May 9, 2013
An American Airlines jet arrives 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
July 29, 2013
A thunderstorm approaches Boston’s Logan airport.
A kayaker is framed by yesterday’s sunrise, as I saw it, from Winthrop Shore Dr. in Winthrop,MA
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Prudential and Hancock towers are seen this morning from Brookline.
I was not fully prepared to photograph this storm as I did not have all of my camera gear with me.
This was photographed with a Leica M9 and a 35mm lens, hand-held at 1/125th of a second at F11 at 80 ISO.
The lightning is NOT striking near the building. That speck near the bolt is a bird.