That first line was just the opening act, a few hours later another line of cells fired and began training north east. As with the first line, there was one cell to the north of me that had already matured and one to the west that was just getting it's act together. Right when I got myself in position to watch the show both had defined lowerings under their rear flanks. The northern storm was struggling to maintain a rotating updraft while its western brother hogged all the energy and started feeding rain cooled air into it. A few small laminar funnel clouds danced within the lowering but it fell apart before anything really menacing could develop inside its writhing core.
Soon little brother became big brother and really stole the show. It was throwing cloud to ground lightning strikes ever minute or so, usually two or three simultaneously. It was not supercellular for as long as the northern cell, maybe only 5 minutes, and that meant instead of wasting energy on rotating updraft it became a serious hail producer. It didn't take long for tendrils of falling ice to show up in the downdraft region.
The storm didn't live long, but it put on a really good show while it lasted. Lots of lightning, hail, turbulent wind sculpted base... it was a beautiful spectacle. After a good thunderstorm there is often a hot bite on the lakes and ponds. This time that bite didn't really happen. One rock bass for me. But the meteorological beauty that proceeded it was really something.