15 May 2012: Vigorous storms in central FloridaCreativity|May 15, 2012 Home » blog » Creativity » 15 May 2012: Vigorous storms in central Florida It briefly exhibited rotation. The brown smudge at the bottom of the image is smoke from a lightning fire.Storms were vigorous and numerous on May 15, 2012, in central Florida, including Viera, Cocoa and Titusville. I saw some interesting features, including rotation on a small tower. I also caught up to a tornado-warned storm near Titusville, but I didn’t see much except a lot of green color and vicious rain and lightning. Roll over a photo to see a caption, or click on any image to start a slide show. On May 15, 2012, I caught this growing tower just south of a lightning storm that was hammering Port St. John, Florida. It briefly exhibited rotation. The brown smudge at the bottom of the image is smoke from a lightning fire. The structure continued to evolve. Eventually, the tower weakened and rained itself out. Here's a look at the rain and possibly hail, backlit by the sun. West of I-95, as seen from near the St. Johns River, this tower over Rockledge had impressive convection. It developed nice precipitation. Here's a skinny cloud feature with rays of sunlight over Lake Poinsett. I followed the storm south; from Viera, I could see what looked like hail falling. At the Viera Wetlands, this turtle didn't seem to appreciate the gully-washer that had gone through. Pretty view of the storm from the Viera Wetlands. Later, I tried to catch up with a tornado-warned storm. This is what the leading edge looked like in Titusville.