Tags archives: landscapes

  • Wheat and What Destroys It

  • Every year, hail and thunderstorm winds do millions of dollars in damage to crops across the nation's breadbasket—much of it wheat, and much of it in supercells.  Fortunately for the owners of this field, the dark, messy, heavy-precipitation (HP) supercell shown here slid just a few miles to the west and north, sparing this [...]
  • Turquoise Core

  • To create this effect in thunderstorms, sunlight refracts through tens of thousands of feet of rain, hail and wet convective cloud mass, filtering out reds and leaving greens and blues.  The green hues preferentially exit areas of heavy precipitation with large drops and hailstones.  Aside from the potentially flooding rainf[...]
  • Hail Flood

  • Upper Dugout Creek gathered a large mass of both rain hail that fell from a memorable supercell and washed down assorted local drainages.  Since hail is ice, it floats, and was carried downstream by the overflowing creek, intermingling with assorted plant material and other detritus along the way.  The resulting mixed-compos[...]
  • Rainbow Falls, Big Island

  • This lovely, 80-ft plunge of the Wailuku River drains water runoff from both Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea lava flows, and feeds a turquoise pool surrounded by lush tropical greenery of the Big Island's eastern (windward) slopes.  Even at only 28 miles, this is Hawaii's longest river, and follows a steep gradient from the east slo[...]
  • Electric Loop

  • During the trip to see the total solar eclipse, and on the day we left Oklahoma, I closed out a fine travel day by intercepting an elevated, nighttime storm over the Platte River.   It prolifically flung cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-air lightning, including countless loops from cloud to air to cloud, of various sizes and shap[...]
  • Circumhorizon Arc

  • We had arrived in the general target area of marginal afternoon storm potential, and decided to explore parts of the ironically named and almost wholly anthropogenic Nebraska National Forest.  Right after leaving, while cruising toward Thedford and a future day's rendezvous with supercells, an odd color effect that I couldn'[...]
  • Petrified Forest Landscape

  • The Petrified Forest sits in the badlands of a dry, high desert, but its presence has everything to do with the action of water.   Around 225 million years ago, in the late Triassic, mighty floods washed logs into low swales, burying them in sediment that later hardened to rock—the Chinle formation.   Over time, wood cells f[...]
  • Lava Lake Glow on Low Clouds

  • As the evening deepened and stratus clouds lowered over Kilauea caldera's highly active Halemaumau Crater, the lava lake rose, at times splashing distant gobs of fountain lava above the plane of the visible rim.  That was an uncommon sight, and one we were fortunate to witness.  The distinctive orange glow of the lava shone [...]
  • Between a Mesocyclone and a Tornado

  • The rising dust under this ragged but rapidly rotating wall cloud also was moving around in a closed circulation—just not as visually intensely as the clouds above.   If I had to guess, it was near the margins of the lower EF0 wind threshold of 65-mph three-second gusts, but of course this storm did not have a mobile radar o[...]
  • 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[...]
  • Warm Outflow

  • This is the first image in SkyPix specifically titled "outflow" that isn't in the Gallery of Outflow!  The name, both sarcastic and somewhat literally true, instead describes a 2,000-degree oozing inferno that sculpts its own fluid art anew every minute—a flow of rock, not air.  Destruction and renewal run downhill together [...]
  • 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[...]