I love weather photography. There are so many different types of clouds, but cumulonimbus (thunderstorm clouds) are the most fascinating to me. If these clouds become developed enough, tornadoes can result, but tornadoes are rare where I live.
We got pummeled with another heavy downpour and some small hail late this afternoon, and storms continued to dot the region into the early evening, although no more storms actually hit. Here are two photos of a distant storm that was moving south, away from where I live (thank goodness).
What the sky looked like as tonight’s thunderstorm rolled in.
The other day I posted a photo of my son dancing outside during a thunderstorm. Here’s the entire video he made of himself while dancing to two songs.
Dancing in an open space during a thunderstorm probably isn’t the smartest thing to do, but the effect of the lightning in the background is pretty cool.
Photo of my son dancing during a storm. The white area isn’t sunlight–it’s lightning. This was taken after dark!
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At around 7:30 PM the sky began to get very dark, and a severe thunderstorm warning was issued. I drove to the nearby shopping center parking lot so I could get some good photos of the storm coming in.
It looked pretty impressive and scary as it rolled in, but turned out to be a washout, with rain but no hail, although it did get VERY windy for a few minutes just before the rain started.
I also got a couple of shots of the sky as the storm moved out, around sunset, and the colors were so pretty. (Click on the photos to see more detail).
Taken at around 7:30 PM:
I took these at about 8:30 PM:
The first one of the season!
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