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).
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).
My friend (and commenter on this blog) Alaina lives in Eastern New Mexico, where the prairie meets the desert. Severe storms and tornadoes are a common occurrence in her part of the country in the spring. She sent me these unbelievable pictures on Twitter. I am including her words in the captions of this incredible moment. I would have been so scared I doubt I could have held the camera steady, or even had the presence of mind to take photos at all!
While driving in eastern NM last week we saw this storm tracker beside the road watching the sky…..
…We drove to a nearby truck stop. I got out of the car and took pictures of the storm cloud…
Suddenly a wall of dust and debris was whirling all around us!
We were standing directly under a supercell, inside the vortex of a weak mesocyclone approx. 200′ wide!
It looked & sounded scarier than my pics show. Wish I’d switched to video~dramatic high plains weather!
I would say Alaina was very lucky! But what a fantastic opportunity to take some amazing photos.