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Here's a previously-unprocessed image from a chase last year near Mapleton, IA. This storm was a cyclical supercell, producing multiple tornadoes over the span of several hours. We dropped the storm at this point, but shortly after it went on to produce twin tornadoes. Bummed we didn't catch that, but still grateful for what we saw! :nod: Here's a 3-image panorama of the storm just before we left it. Note the inflow on the left, smooth rounded meso below, and "crunchy" convection above. A scene I'll never forget! :w00t:
Chasing in south-central Kansas tomorrow, let's hope we can find a scene at least as cool as this! =D
This also reminds me, I should re-work these images and get an account up on my site soon :P


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One of my favorite bolts from an electrical storm last summer. Wish scenes like this occurred more often! =D This storm was putting out several bolts a second, right over my house! :wow:


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Not much to shoot lately (thanks, heat wave) so I'm back to processing shots from last year :) Shot this after last year's incredible mammatus display (June 26th, 2011). A CG fest followed on the backside, which we watched for nearly an hour with the lightning bugs. Just an awesome scene to witness in the silence of the night with friends 8-)

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This is what I do when we visit my grandma in south-central Kansas (at least in the summer). :P Take the golf cart out to the pasture, drive to the top of the hill, and watch the sunset :relax: My way to spend a summer! =D


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Here's an earlier shot from the July 13th, 2010 Enderlin, ND supercell. At this stage, it was trying to re-organize its inflow after going through a weaker cycle. We timed our driving just about right, always on the move during the weaker stages and stopping to shoot when it started to look good again :nod: Despite its menacing appearance, this storm had a really weak updraft :o It was sheared over (tilting), but it still managed to retain this great structure :)

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This cloud formation, known as a pileus cloud, occurs when there is a warm lid of air over the atmosphere. When clouds get the convective push and start to build upwards, they run into this layer. When this happens, the cloud/airmass cools and condenses into the cap-shaped cloud. :nod: Storm chasers often hate the appearance of pileus clouds, as they signify that storms may have trouble building in the future. I, however, love them. Their smooth appearance is so beautiful in contrast to the convective updrafts :)


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The last image of the "Twilight Towers" series. As this updraft progressed eastward, its shield of mammatus clouds continued to flicker with lightning. :wow: Its updraft appeared to be struggling with inflow, but it sustained itself until it was too distant to be visible. :) Don't worry though, this shouldn't be the last you see of this storm. I've got enough frames of it to make a timelapse =D


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This storm evolved so rapidly. By this point, it was really starting to race on its own outflow and take on a more shelf-like structure. However, it retained its inflow long enough to remain a supercell until it was nearly overhead. :nod: This is looking back north towards the main core of the storm. Would have loved to be up there closer to the main structural feature in that golden light. :sigh: Oh well, you win some, you lose some. Considering it was September, I'm certainly happy with what I got ;)

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I don't always need a storm to get out the door. Sometimes, it's just the texture and color of the clouds. :) Not HDR, just a very textured sky.


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As this storm exploded after twilight, an incredible scene unfolded before our eyes. As the updraft intensified, mammatus began to develop under the updraft. Before long, the field of mammatus was flickering with crawling bolts of lightning, right over our heads! :wow: Wish I would have shot this in RAW :shakefist: Oh well, hopefully something equally as photogenic next spring ;)

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