Tags archives: highways

  • More Truck-Stop Thunder

  • A needed respite from the road turned into a marvelous electrical show in the sky outside a northern Oklahoma truck stop.  Several magnificent discharges split the rainy sky before the responsible elevated storm raced off to the east-northeast and weakened.  Looking at this alone, one wouldn't guess that feet behind me sat a[...]
  • Tornado without Funnel

  • The supercell already had offered a pleasant dose of high-based scenery two hours before, and a gustnado near a previous mesocyclonic occlusion in the intervening hour.  Although the southeastward-moving storm remained high-based as it approached the Richland/Piedmont area, we surmised that it might have one brief shot at a [...]
  • Sabinoso Supercell

  • Intercepting a supercell in mid-August in New Mexico—why not?  While wrapping up a southwestern storm, photo and hiking trip, I noticed that a narrow, mesoscale belt of enhanced mid/upper-level northwesterly winds, southwest of a shortwave trough over the central Plains, would pass across this part of the state during the af[...]
  • 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 [...]
  • Lightning-Lit Left-Mover

  • This fascinating, marvelous 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 [...]
  • Twilight Tempest

  • An unusual July chase in an unusual spring storm season:  1993.  Characterized mainly by an extensive and seemingly unrelenting series of flooding rainstorms and convective clusters across the Midwest and east-central Plains, including Kansas and Missouri, the storms of July were a last hurrah—a capstone on a year of floodin[...]
  • Mosquero Gust Front

  • Quaint and quirky, the friendly old High Plains burg of Mosquero, NM, temporarily hosted a supercell on this tumultuous late-spring afternoon, a storm that had sported a classical wall cloud and mesocyclone region shortly before the outflow-dominant phase seen here entering town.  A profuse, vegetation-shredding hail dump so[...]
  • Lightning over Thunder Basin

  • For the second time the same day, the sky of northeastern Wyoming changed quickly from something rather drab and inert to a rich cloud canvas of texture and tone, a painting in motion, courtesy of the ultimate artist aloft.  Early storms near Gillette sent out a huge gaseous puddle of cold outflow air, compelling our southwa[...]
  • Western Light: Glasgow, Montana

  • As my late friend Jim Leonard was fond of saying, this storm meant "serious business now".  Functioning as "tail-end Charlie" for a line of severe storms, the supercell wielding this wild sky was roaring eastward at over 60 mph, permitting us only few very brief photo stops over a 70-mile stretch west of town.  We arrived at[...]
  • Menacing Aurora

  • We parked beside the road at the west edge of Aurora, ready to drive through town and away while dreading the highway-hugging tornado's impending impact there.  A civil-defense siren eerily wailed behind me; otherwise, the scene was oddly silent and ominously dark in the fading twilight.  Police had blocked all traffic westw[...]
  • Layers Looming

  • A broken line of storms with embedded supercells marched steadily southeastward across the Texas Panhandle, offering a visual treat.  Fascinating layered tiers stacked themselves atop the collective outflow pool.  Under a less-dense part of the precipitation shield, the cloud base glowed with a teasing swipe of sunset colors[...]
  • Mirages on a Cold Western Road

  • A series of narrow white highway mirages cross a marvelously desolate country two-lane near the California-Nevada state line, on my last trip with a slide-film camera.  Just two days earlier, a small but potent snowstorm had blanketed the White Mountains (ahead in the view), the Sierra Nevada behind me, and the Long Valley C[...]