Taken with my new DJI Air 2S drone. Fun shot and a cool test of this new asset.
A little bit of lightning fun on the plains of Colorado.
I was a bit late getting to this spot yesterday evening and missed much of the show. Thankfully, I did get there in time to get a few cool captures.
The thunderstorms were quite strong and very electrified sending many bolts to the ground. Throw in the orange glow of the setting sun and the flowers and it was pretty neat.
I don’t have a lightning trigger so just have to keep snapping pics repeatedly hoping lightning pops at the right time.
Oh what a night! June 11, 2015 found me in far southeastern Colorado chasing storms. We chased this beast for a long ways and while it never did drop a tornado, it did give us some nice looks.
This image is taken after dark and those clouds are being lit up the intra-cloud lightning. It was an absolute non-stop light show.
If you look close, you can see a small town almost directly under the stormcell. It dropped baseball size hail and the straight-line winds downed powerlines.
Going back into the archives for this one to June 2012. On a tornado chase near Simla, Colorado. The chase did yield one funnel cloud directly overhead and then a very rain-wrapped, obscured twister on the ground. Unfortunately, we were too far away to get ourselves in position to get a good look at the tornado. This was taken not long after when we stopped to watch the impressive thunderstorm as it wound down and obscured the setting sun.
The last few days have brought the first, real springtime thunderstorms to the Denver area and that has me thinking about storm chasing, something I hope to do in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I dug up this image taken back on May 29, 2010. While chasing in the Nebraska Sandhills area, the sky was rather ominous as a coal train headed west. Ultimately this particular chase was relatively uneventful beyond the dramatic skies but it was still a very pretty scene.
The Campo, Colorado tornado on May 31, 2010 is one that few storm chasers saw but for those that were there it was incredible.
A storm system would drop six twisters in the same area that day, this the most impressive of them. It was on the ground for 25 minutes moving at a leisurely 10 mph allowing plenty of time to photograph the amazing phenomena as it tore through the ranchland.
This image was published in 5280 Magazine.
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Storm chasing season is a long ways away and I am already longing for it to arrive so was flipping through some older pictures. This monstrous supercell was part of a system that spawned six tornadoes in southeastern Colorado and the Oklahoma panhandle on May 31, 2010. It was an amazing day capped off by this extraordinary scene of the setting sun and a slowly dying supercell thunderstorm
Thunderstorms rolled across the Colorado plains last night seeming to explode just as they passed the Denver metro area. Numerous tornadoes were reported, one causing damage in Hugo. Large hail, lightning and powerful winds also accompanied the storm. This particular supercell was one of these storms that appeared not long before sunset. Truly an impressive sight!
Yesterday brought severe weather to the Denver area, including a few tornadoes. Today the weather was still interesting but far less violent. The skies were nevertheless pretty cool looking.
Severe weather struck northeastern Colorado, a common occurrence this time of year. Heavy rain, hail and tornadoes routinely pay visits, particularly during the months of May and June.
This storm cell was in western Adams County, just north of Denver, on the edge of the suburb of Thornton. It was rather impressive looking although it only delivered some rain and dime-sized hail.