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Supercell Thunderstorm storms through Texas.

Taken yesterday evening, this beast of a storm was ripping through west Texas near the town of Littlefield. As it intensified, it dropped tennis ball size hail and winds of 75mph. The winds kicked up dirt and dust creating almost haboob-like conditions.

Two minutes after this picture was taken, visibility dropped to 30 feet or less. It was an amazing experience, if maybe a bit disconcerting.

A supercell thunderstorm whips up a duststorm in west Texas. (© Tony’s Takes)

A supercell thunderstorm whips up a duststorm in west Texas. (© Tony’s Takes)

The Mothership

We chased this gorgeous supercell thunderstorm yesterday for the better part of three hours. It was a beautiful, very picturesque storm. With a lack of low level shear, it was never much of a tornado threat although it did generate one, short-lived funnel. This image was taken northwest of Lamar, Colorado.

A supercell thunderstorm rages across the plains near Lamar, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A supercell thunderstorm rages across the plains near Lamar, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

High desert lightning

Out storm chasing this week and found myself in the Land of Enchantment. This storm cell dropped 4+ inches of hail near Springer, New Mexico a couple of hours before this picture was taken yesterday evening. This was taken as the storm passed near Tucumcari and Interstate 40. It was quite electrified as it approached allowing me to grab some nice images of the bolts it was throwing down.

Lightning erupts from a supercell thunderstorm in New Mexico. (© Tony’s Takes)

Lightning erupts from a supercell thunderstorm in New Mexico. (© Tony’s Takes)

High plains funnel cloud

A thunderstorm rolls through southwestern Nebraska when it develops a small and short lived funnel cloud. Notice the funnel toward the top left.

Not an overly impressive storm this past Sunday but it was picturesque with the still green wheat fields below and the dark clouds above.

A small funnel cloud appears above farm land in Nebraska. (© Tony’s Takes)

A small funnel cloud appears above farm land in Nebraska. (© Tony’s Takes)

Stormy Skies on the Great Plains

Taken during a storm chase in June 2011. Late spring and early summer is severe weather season here in Colorado and Mother Nature always puts on a show. This particular storm was near the town of Last Chance and for a time had a tornado warning. It never did generate much more than some mean looking skies, a dust devil and hail but the imagery was still pretty neat.

 

Storm clouds collect over the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Storm clouds collect over the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Storms brewing behind Old Glory

Taken just moments ago looking east of #Denver, #Colorado where a thunderstorm has really erupted. One of the best things about the Centennial State is its widely varying #weather that provides nearly endless photo opportunities.

Storms brewing behind Old Glory. © Tony’s Takes

Storms brewing behind Old Glory. © Tony’s Takes