The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I love damaging winds! :)

SKY WATCH FRIDAY time! Thanks to Dot and Tom, never forgotten founders of this great event. Come on, come fly with us!

Thanks to hosts: Klaus Sandy Sylvia Wren Louise Fishing Guy

I got the funniest email from a good storm chaser friend and member of the Southern Weather Brigade that literally cracked me up. We are a strange group of folks, very interested in weather and the spectacular power and surrounding beauty of God. We are blown away by it, so to speak. It can be a little disturbing to some... Anyways, the email came from Storm Chasing Mikey, in response to a “Lucky Dog” message I sent to him regarding a severe thunderstorm watch he had just been issued. I have to show you, because in all my geekiness, I could lose you describing it.
Incidentally, I love damaging winds too, so today, I decided to share with you pictures of my FAVORITE damaging winds experience. Really awesome shelf cloudThis was a shelf cloud near Murdo, SD, on June 6, 2007. This storm produced one tornado and blew over a tractor trailer traveling down the interstate. A shelf cloud is an arcus cloud that is associated with and attached to a thunderstorm, and it is where outflow winds (straight line winds) are generated within a thunderstorm, called a gust front. (See? Geekiness) In this case, the outflow winds raged around 65-75mph or greater. The shelf cloud was the most ominous one I have ever seen, and the wind was… AWESOME! It was a total grey out with the sand that was carried in it. In fact, I snapped a shot at the worst of it. See? This was a wonderfully memorable day for me, even if we missed the ONLY tornado generated during this High Risk day. I’m not bitter.

Have a day that blows you away!


  1. Yes, that's me. I am how God made me and chasing the weather and giving praise to his power is what I do :)

  2. Congrats on that shot, what a capture!

  3. WOW! To get so close to that is simply amazing.

  4. Oh my gush the clouds is like a giant to me hehe! Happy Friday!


  5. Wow how lucky you are. A storm chase the dream of every sky watcher!

  6. Hello Dew. Truly an awesome skies!

    Happy SWF!


  7. What a powerful looking cloud, - thanks for the information about it, too. Very awesome.

  8. Wow, the shelf cloud is cool looking. Great captures. I hope you are careful out there during these storms. Happy skywatching.

  9. Hahaha! I also love damaging winds! :) We're all a little off, I suppose! :D

    Beautiful shelf cloud pic!!

  10. Great shot! We have had some of those clouds across Maryland this week, with the winds causing damage.

  11. Amazing beauty and danger rolled up together~

  12. Wow, you do get some super dramatic clouds up your way.


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