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Late day thunderstorms bring much-needed rain, stunning visuals afterwards

Sunday, July 21st, 2013 6:45am MST
After dumping more than a quarter inch of rain in 20 minutes on Thornton, the storm moved to the southeast and intensified. View the slideshow below for more imagery from the event.  (ThorntonWeather.com)

A view of the thunderstorm on Saturday, July 20, 2013 after it passed Thornton. View more imagery in the slideshow below. (ThorntonWeather.com)

The forecast called for a chance for thunderstorms and Mother Nature obliged on Saturday.  Heavy rain and gusty winds struck the north metro area but what followed was perhaps more interesting.

In all, Thornton recorded 0.29” of rain in a very short period from 4:30 to 4:55pm.  Some small hail accompanied the storm as did strong wind gusts.  There were some reports of broken tree limbs from the powerful gusts.

After the storm moved to the southeast, it continued to intensify.  From almost any vantage point in Thornton, the scene was amazing.

Initially the bright while tops of the storm cells were stark and beautiful to watch.  A nearly full moon then began to rise in the east behind the storms and the scene was stunning.  As the sun went down, the clouds turned a shade of amber providing a colorful scene with the rising moon.

The slideshow below has a nice little compilation of image taken by ThorntonWeather.com and some of our fans on Facebook.

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