Spring Thunderstorms in Siouxland, Rural Monona County

26 Apr

This past weekend I was out shooting photos with a friend who wanted to check out some water near Onawa, Iowa, and we took a circuitous route down to the Lewis and Clark State Park. It was a nice day, until it wasn’t. Having picked up a sandwich for a late lunch we headed over to lake at the park to sit and each and do a little more exploring. All the while the sky was growing darker. My friend didn’t mind that, and as the light got darker and the wind picked up a bit the sky became more dramatic. We were shooting photos from a viewing loft near the park’s visitor center when my friend decided that maybe we should consider packing it in as it began raining harder. We walked rapidly to her car and made it just in time as the hail started. It was an intense 10-15 minutes but luckily her car didn’t receive any dents, although parking under trees help a bit.

When out shooting, one should always be conscious of what is going on around you especially during a severe thunderstorm watch. That afternoon will generate a few good stories, but I don’t want to repeat the episode any time soon.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

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