This picture shows the brightest sun dog I have ever witnessed and it hurt my eyes to look at it. A sun dog occurs when ice crystals of a certain shape refract the sun's light. Picture taken from St. Jacob, Illinois. [Just to be clear, the sun is the large blob left of center, while the sun dog is the smaller blob right of center, with a rainbow affect on the left side.] (2005)


As the sun was setting on April 4, 2006, an upper tangent arc appeared directly above the sun. Picture taken from St. Jacob, Illinois. (2006)


Lightning strikes right behind a house across the street from my house on April 25, 2008. I must have jumped three feet in the air and the instantaneous thunder was deafening. Needless to say, I stopped taking photos and went inside my house. The specks scattered across the left-half of the photo are rain drops illuminated by the lightning. Picture taken from St. Jacob, Illinois. (2008)


Sun halo on January 3, 2010, from St. Jacob, Illinois. (2010)


Lightning from a storm on July 24, 2010, from St. Jacob, Illinois. (2010)


Moon halo on December 23, 2012, from Hillsboro, Missouri. The planet Jupiter is the bright star-like object to the lower left.(2012)


Lightning from a storm on April 3, 2014, from Hillsboro, Missouri. (2014)


This is an outflow boundary from a storm that was moving through our area right around sunset on August 20, 2014. We were then living outside of Hillsboro, Missouri. (2014)