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  • Impaled Palm

  • A 1X4 board penetrated the upper part of a royal palm, leading to one of my most prized and popular photos.  Hurricane Andrew impaled the plank due E-W through the axis of the trunk, which was not significantly twisted. The palm almost certainly bent diagonally at a steep angle in eyewall winds analyzed at around 120 knots i[...]
  • Roswell Mothership

  • When storm enthusiasts discuss such a fantastically supercellular sky, the word mothership often tumbles reverently through quivering lips.   In this place, it has a little more meaning. Perhaps, when concerned citizens near Roswell saw oddly shaped, huge circular apparitions aloft that seemed positively alien in character, [...]
  • Geothermal Fog

  • On an already cool, damp day, it takes very little extra moisture to obscure the field of view.  In this case, the source was a steam vent in the Gunnuhver geothermal area, its well-defined plume of effluent wafting across the land to create this extraordinary visibility gradient at the surface.  This doesn't fit the commonl[...]
  • Hofsvik Red Ring

  • On just our second evening in Iceland, the sky blazed for over an hour with a slowly evolving and utterly stunning sunset--one of the top few most beautiful that I've ever witnessed.  The protracted light show peaked at just the right time to cast in flaming hues a remarkable ring of cloud material surrounding a tilted, clea[...]
  • NWC Lightning

  • An elevated thunderstorm flings a filament of electricity across the overnight sky, and above the American nucleus of severe-storms research and prediction. Norman, OK (2 Oct 14) Looking SE 35.1825, -97.4405
  • Alien Ice

  • Nodular ice encases lakeshore grass during a cold-air outbreak.  A special and uncommon sequence of circumstances set this up: a north-facing shore of a warm lake with reddish muddy water, hit by an intense cold front with winds strong enough to make splashing waves and launch spray, and temperatures cold enough to flash-fre[...]
  • Bennington Wide

  • "Wide" in this case could describe the tornado and the angle of view. We stayed in one spot for over half an hour as this large, violent tornado lumbered in a loopy path within 2-4 miles to our west, southwest and west-northwest, alternately narrowing and fattening, wrapping and unwrapping from rain at various stages, and be[...]
  • Roof Down

  • This used to be a short strip mall on the Turnpike near Quail Roost Drive, on a site since razed and planted with palms. Note the toppled precast concrete roof support beams, with embedded rebar.  Here, frontal winds of at least 120 knots blew out the east-facing plate-glass windows of the storefronts.  The internal pressure[...]
  • 113-Degree Day

  • The hottest afternoon of the hottest summer in Oklahoma history also offered gusty 20-30 mph winds, a giant hair dryer roaring amidst an exceptional drought that had left all manner of plant fuels extremely dry. Groves of cedar stood ready to erupt in flames at slightest provocation, their oily foliage badly dessicated by mo[...]
  • Hailstorm Exiting

  • Leaving behind a wintertime appearance in late spring, the deep-slate back side of a severe supercell offered a parting rainbow as visual compensation for the trouble it caused in the form of temporarily slickened roads and slightly shredded vegetation.  It also provided some much-needed rain and welcomed relief from the Jun[...]
  • TCu (not TCU)

  • A classical towering cumulus (meteorological acronym: TCu, as opposed to TCU the university) shoots skyward in a low-level convergence zone connecting other, larger areas of convection.  Storm observers who can see through towers don't assign them much of a future, and for good reason; they are entraining dry air aloft.   St[...]