These are probably some of the coolest clouds you can ever see. Comprised mostly of ice, they form under the anvil of supercell thunderstorms and oftentimes are a sign of severe weather to come. These particular clouds were underneath a storm that was approaching Lamar, Colorado last Thursday, June 11, 2015. The storm brought powerful winds and hail 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.