Tags archives: fractocumulus

  • Textured Sky with Asperatus, South Icelandic Coast

  • The wild coastline of Iceland never fails to offer moments of wonder and amazement—just give it a few minutes.  Land, sea and sky all play nicely together here, on an afternoon when most tourists simply saw a solemn sky, and this cloud and sky enthusiast experienced good times.  The sea stacks off Reynisfjara here punctuated a s[...]
  • Outflow Spark

  • Most of my first-ever "monsoon chase" trip in 2017 was inactive storm-wise, save the first three and last three days.  However, the storms that did happen and the days between, spent in the amazing Utah and northern Arizona national parks, made it all worthwhile.   This final storm of the trip had been a photogenic supercell[...]
  • Somber Icelandic Stormscape

  • Just several miles below the Arctic Circle itself, the closest one will see there to a "dark day" stormy convective regime follows a convergence boundary across Iceland's deeply incised northern (Arctic Ocean) coast.  Somber, textured, slate-colored skies, and the ominous shadows they cast upon landscapes, have captivated me[...]
  • Eyjafjallajökull: Landscape, Waterscape, Icescape

  • Eyjafjallajökull—nearly unpronounceable but palpably dangerous—offered stark and wondrous beauty just four years after its infamous eruption, peacefully capped in glaciers and draining waterfalls across its rolling green skirt, as if no such geologic tantrum had been thrown.  Still, one can see evidence of the pyroclastic pa[...]
  • Fractocumulus—Orographic Scud

  • Air condenses into ragged, cumuliform scud, while ascending the steep incline of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (a.k.a. Drei Zinnen in German).  This three-pronged mountain, part of the range known as the Dolomites, is one of the most famous features in all the Alps, with the highest peak reaching 2,999 m (9,839 ft) above sea leve[...]
  • Forest in the Sky?

  • Trees in the nearby forest seemed to be floating in the sky, as if they're levitating outside the windows of the airplane.  Instead they appeared fleetingly in the gaps between geothermal vapors that rise out of the ground and blow sharply rightward on south winds.  Those strengthening breezes heralded the eventual arrival o[...]
  • Nimbostratus on the High Plains

  • A line of strong to severe thunderstorms formed not far from the Front Range, cruising eastward over the top of a pool of cold, relatively stable air left behind by earlier storms in northeastern Colorado.  The moist air mass, blanketed with chunks and bands of fractus (scud), trended back into the slate darkness of the nimb[...]
  • Beautiful Mess

  • A deeply dimensional blend of outflow-riding fractostratus scud and sunset-lit mammatus textured the sky into a chaotic, messy, wondrous spectacle following the passage of a photogenic HP supercell and accompanying thunderstorm complex.  Moments later, in the opposite corner of the sky, a rising moon and reddening sunset col[...]
  • Surf and Sunrise

  • A gentle and warm ocean surf, feathery cumulus and fractus clouds at sunrise, gulls soaring and calling, a cool breeze tinged with the fresh scent of light rain and the salt air of the ocean in interwoven streamers of fluid flow—what more splendid start to a day may one experience?  Sanibel FL (10 Nov 15) Looking SSE 26[...]
  • The Golden Hour

  • Enjoying the coastal Everglades reflections of the warmly lit "golden hour"—that time of gradually reddening light soon before sunset—a fine notion struck:  I could use a deep zoom lens to capture a naturally sepia-toned portion of water and sky, with silhouetted landscape and a ready-made cloud and tree composition, right t[...]
  • Sunlit Storm over Wind Cave National Park

  • This was a day between intended supercell chases, while staying at a longtime-favorite resort of cabins above Hot Springs, SD.  We decided to head out to a familiar over look in Wind Cave National Park to see what sort of wonderful sunset lay ahead.  A shallow, small multicell storm was cruising fairly hastily eastward acros[...]
  • From a Fischamend Field

  • Our last evening of a trip to Austria offered a big, wonderfully colored and textured sky over a flat, rural river valley outside Vienna.  Were it not for the photographer's honesty, I could pass this off as one of the many fine sunset scenes from Oklahoma.  Brilliantly illuminated fractocumulus clouds arched nicely around a[...]