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Hvita Meltwater Torrent
  • Hvita Meltwater Torrent

  • Every spring and summer, the Hvita River swells high and mighty with snowmelt and silty glacial effluent, tumbling through a short canyon in southwestern Iceland in a series of cascades known as Gullfoss.  The better-known, higher dropoffs reside just below the cataracts here, yet I also found these interesting and photogeni[...]
  • Lenticular Day at an Icelandic Church

  • On an uncommonly clear day, the hillside Vik i Myrdal Church, serving the Icelandic seaside village of Vik, can be seen for many miles.  Here a laminar, lenticular wave cloud, formed by flow over interior mountains, acts as a backdrop in the deeply azure sky of the subpolar North Atlantic.  Well-known for its scenic setting [...]
  • Cotton Candy Sky

  • Sometimes a sunset looks so delicious that one wants to reach into the sky, grab it and eat!  Cirrus clouds spread themselves in candy filaments through a deepening twilight blue, cast in that memorable hue for just a fleeting moment, yet long enough to evoke a sudden craving for a childhood carnival treat. Norman OK (9 N[...]
  • Thunderbird Frozen

  • Strange ice forms like this come about only through uncanny event sequences:  a brutally sharp cold blast flinging lake water against the shoreline with its logs already stained red by iron-rich mud, wave after wave splashed over until even the runs and drips solidified in single-digit to subzero temperatures.  Then as the w[...]
  • After the Corner Flow

  • In meteorology, "corner flow" usually refers to the area of upturning of inward-spiraling flow in an intense vortex (such as a tornado).  Here I make a bad pun of it, since this actually was the result of nontornadic, downburst flow at a (street) corner!   The lush thickness of green grass belies the very severe winds that b[...]
  • Looky Thar Pardner, A Storm over Yonder!

  • The backdrop of a supercell, with ragged wall cloud and wild, banded cloud formations overhead, offers a unique interpretation of two-dimensional art on the High Plains of eastern New Mexico.  This is one of two cutout-mural cowboys at the hilltop location astride US-285, each signed and designed by artist John Cerney. 9 [...]
  • Radial Rise

  • This was one of the most visually peculiar and symbolically striking sunrise formations I've ever witnessed, but the physical explanation is easy.  Nearly evenly spaced cirrus bands, aligned south to north across the southern sky, actually were parallel to each other.  As with slats in a set of vertical blinds, but more tran[...]
  • Wave-Spray Rime on Grass

  • Rime often forms from freezing fog, or spray blown off of bodies of water.  In this case, it was fine spray—flung several yards inland off the tops of waves crashing into Lake Thunderbird's shoreline, in bitter-cold and windy conditions.  The howling norther of the day before calmed down overnight, sunrise revealing a sparkl[...]
  • Cryptic Sky

  • This scene encapsulates the irony of the supercell.  For all of its striking beauty, it continually threatens grave consequences for those in its path: lightning (including lightning-started fires), severe wind, giant hail, and sometimes tornadoes.  This supercell ultimately would produce all of the above.  Conscientious sto[...]
  • Protection Supercell at Sunset

  • The supercell known as "Protection", after the name of a nearby Kansas town, showed off its knuckle-dragging strength before the sunset hour.  Then the storm  put on a dazzling reflective light and color show, here seen from just over the Oklahoma border. With the solitude of a dirt side road, the accompaniment of moist prai[...]
  • Knuckle Dragger

  • Growing by the minute, by means of multiple, intense updraft thrusts roaring upward from an increasingly moist source layer, this young low-precipitation (LP) supercell drifted eastward parallel to (and just north of) the Oklahoma-Kansas border.  Meanwhile we observed from a pleasant distance, enjoying whole-storm structural[...]
  • Lightning-Lit Left-Mover

  • This fascinating little anticyclonic supercell sped northeastward into the deepening twilight blue, sparking and hailing, twirling laminar skirts of cloud material in a clockwise dance across the remote Palo Duro Canyon country southwest of Goodnight, TX.  A "good night" it was for those of us fortunate enough to behold the [...]