Taken while we were driving home from our 4th of July weekend trip to Kansas. We knew we'd be running into some rain once we saw these clouds. It was the last few moments of sun we had until we made it all the way back to Omaha It's titled "crunchy convection" because the clouds were so crisp
There's the fantastic vehicle that we chase storms in, Chris' new jeep. It's taken a beating (a few large hail stones, extreme wind, etc) but it has served us well. In this shot, you can see how sloped over the updraft of this supercell was. On one side, dark clouds, but on the other, sun rays! If the updraft had been more vertical, it would have blocked the sun and those rays wouldn't have occurred. Although it didn't produce a tornado, it was still an intriguing storm to watch.
Thought I'd include this one as just to the left of the brightest fork you can see a small orange glow that was a fire started by a previous strike. Little Grove has it's own volunteer fire department and they were on it within about 20 minutes. Just a couple of weeks ago there was a big fire that went through 750 hectares of bush out that way. No people or property were hurt but when the bush is dry at the end of summer a lot of animals suffer so it was very sad.