Tags archives: scud

  • 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[...]
  • 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[...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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[...]
  • Don't Fence Me In!

  • This northwest-flow supercell formed just a few miles to my west in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, while I was pumping gas in Springer.  This made the target storm self-evident.  After peeling of the mountains, it churned along a 5-hour southeastward odyssey toward Tucumcari, offering occasionally marvelous looks not normal[...]
  • 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[...]
  • 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[...]
  • 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[...]
  • Scud Mountain

  • Because of the viewing angle, lighting, and closeness, this big piece of semi-laminar scud looks like a mountain suspended in the sky beneath a capping cloud layer.  It formed atop a deep, cold pool of outflow from a thunderstorm complex. 21 N Ft Stockton TX (11 May 94) Looking W
  • 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[...]
  • Scuddy Cirrus Sunset

  • Vaporous rags of low-level scud added even more texture to a masterfully multidimensional upper-level scene just after sunset, while scud in outflow coursed through the low levels in soft silhouette.  Slate blue of cloud shadows, orange-yellow sunshine reflections and lighter sky blue jockeyed for supremacy on the palette of[...]