An impressive thunderstorm cloud called a supercell, that looks like an alien mother-ship. Such huge storm systems center on mesocyclones – rotating updrafts spaning several kilometers and deliver torrential rain and high winds including tornadoes. Image © Sean R. Heavey
The photo above showing a nasty storm gathering strength above the Great Plains was taken from Elizabeth, Colorado on June 2, 2012 about 1:05 p.m. I watched the sky change from cobalt blue with fluffy cumulus clouds around noon to this “end-of-the-world” monster. Image credit: Theresa Bauman
This “odd couple” photo was captured in the eastern Mediterranean Sea (south of Crete, Greece) on November 24, 2011 at about 4:00 p.m. The weather at the time of the photo seemed quite benign; calm seas, rather light westerly winds, fairly high barometric pressure (30.03 in or 1017.3 mb), air temperature of 78 F (25.5 C). Photographer: Geert Sassen; Geert’s Facebook page
Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder,
Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never
Remember to have heard; man’s nature cannot carry
The affliction nor the fear … from Shakespeare’s Tragedy of King Lear
Record snowfall, killer tornadoes, devastating floods: There’s no doubt about it. Since Dec. 2010, the weather in the USA has been positively wild. But why?
Annina Purdy, who was inside the Lowe’s hardware store in Sanford, N.C. the previous day when a tornado destroyed the building, returned to the store’s parking lot on Sunday, April 17, 2011, to reclaim personal belongings from her car.
A fire tornado is seen during a huge blaze at a plastic processing factory in Kistarcsa, east of Budapest, Hungary.