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
We were under a tornado warning so I locked the horses in the barn and took cover. At right is a classic example of an inflow band, also sometimes called the “beaver tail.” Whenever you see a beaver tail such as this, not only is the whole storm rotating but it’s also dominating the environment for miles around. Though we endured strong winds, lightning and a lashing rain, we got off lucky — no damages were sustained.