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Neil C

It's been fairly active storm wise over the last couple of days and here are a few from today.

Regards Neil

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Really full garden

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Silas_Sancona

Bumping this just in time for spring.. Share yours as you take 'em...

Some nice cloud watching yesterday ahead of today's cool and sometimes stormy afternoon/ evening.  Mainly various Cirrus types.

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greysrigging

An incoming 'Gulf Line' ( cloud and rain originating in the Gulf of Carpentaria ) that travels from the east across the Top End. A fairly common occurrence at the beginning and end of the Northern Wet Season.. These pics taken by Nikko Gilbert at Gunn Point, to the east of Darwin, several days ago.
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A morning shower over Palmerston ( satellite city of Darwin )
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Butch

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San Jacinto Mountains Ca

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1 minute ago, Butch said:

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San Jacinto Mountains Ca

Butch

:greenthumb: Nice Mountain Wave.. Is this at the rest stop off the I-10?

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Butch

You know your rest stops. ;). The "Pet Area" sign give it away? I soulda cropped the area below the fence line off, to make it more "artistic" ;)....

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Reyes Vargas

Nice December morning in deep South Texas.

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Silas_Sancona
8 hours ago, Butch said:

You know your rest stops. ;). The "Pet Area" sign give it away? I soulda cropped the area below the fence line off, to make it more "artistic" ;)....

Butch

Can't count how many times i have stopped/ passed through there while on visits to and from AZ, and while in route ..or returning from living in.. Kansas, Ohio, and Florida.

On one trip, while headed back from a visit here, had a very interesting story.. ( have pictures on an old hard drive somewhere ) In short, was approaching as a storm was hanging over San Jacinto and across the pass..  As i got closer and under the storm, there was a what appeared to be a young couple standing on the right hand side of I-10, not to far from where you'd get off to enter the rest stop on that side of the highway.  Looked like they were visiting a roadside marker/memorial.. ( Cross actually ) where perhaps someone they knew had lost their life in a car accident.. Imagine it is still there..  Will be looking for it on the way back west.

Anyway, as i got right in front of the mountain, and where the rest stops are,  the clouds above the mountain broke just enough to allow two distinct beams of sunlight to shine down to the base of the mountain through some rain.  ..Was raining as i passed.  Rained really hard for a few minutes as i passed where the Wind Turbines are, west of the rest stop, ..and as i continued over the pass.  Cleared up and the view of the storm rapidly faded away as i got further west into Beaumont.  Kind of one of those " ..what just happened " kind of moments ( such things happen fairly regularly actually, lol )

Aside from that, want to hike the mountain in the future..

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bubba

Not around here but I still cannot believe Wal passed:7A74A7EC-CD7D-44A3-9C2A-DD7EA034CA53.thumb.jpeg.7e4705d83c6366e9254ff9e5a32f5508.jpeg

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Butch
16 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Can't count how many times i have stopped/ passed through there while on visits to and from AZ, and while in route ..or returning from living in.. Kansas, Ohio, and Florida.

On one trip, while headed back from a visit here, had a very interesting story.. ( have pictures on an old hard drive somewhere ) In short, was approaching as a storm was hanging over San Jacinto and across the pass..  As i got closer and under the storm, there was a what appeared to be a young couple standing on the right hand side of I-10, not to far from where you'd get off to enter the rest stop on that side of the highway.  Looked like they were visiting a roadside marker/memorial.. ( Cross actually ) where perhaps someone they knew had lost their life in a car accident.. Imagine it is still there..  Will be looking for it on the way back west.

Anyway, as i got right in front of the mountain, and where the rest stops are,  the clouds above the mountain broke just enough to allow two distinct beams of sunlight to shine down to the base of the mountain through some rain.  ..Was raining as i passed.  Rained really hard for a few minutes as i passed where the Wind Turbines are, west of the rest stop, ..and as i continued over the pass.  Cleared up and the view of the storm rapidly faded away as i got further west into Beaumont.  Kind of one of those " ..what just happened " kind of moments ( such things happen fairly regularly actually, lol )

Aside from that, want to hike the mountain in the future..

Nice story... I never used to stop at that rest stop...But at my age, I very rairly pass one by.:(

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PalmTreeDude

These are no where near as good as the other pictures here, but I thought I’d share them. These are from the summer or early fall and then fall here in Central Virginia. 

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sur4z

a couple interesting night shots

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amh

Asperitas I believe. Unfortunately I only had a point and shoot handy.

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Silas_Sancona

Some good examples of "winter " Convection here in the desert..

Sunset Cumulus congestus " Stove Pipes "
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Low topped " Winter-type " Thundershowers.. While typically of shorter stature in all respects, compared to summer storms, some of these produced 1/4th-3/4th inch sized hail in spots around the valley earlier today. Had a couple showers try to drop some hail around noon here at the house as they passed.  

1st picture is of a distant storm rolling east out over the open desert/ foothills east of San Tan Valley/Florence. Was dropping 1/2" hail at the same time out there according to radar. Can tell it is in the dissipating phase by the ill defined,  icy/wispy looking outline to the cloud. Can also see the icy precip. falling out of it below.
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2nd picture is another cell that rolled on by just to the north of the house.. Streaky white precip is snow/ hail as it falls out of the cloud as it collapses.. On a summer storm, top would be quite a bit higher and you'd have at least a decent amount of lightning ..and generally crispier, more detailed outlines to the clouds indicating sustained inflow/ updrafts into it..

In winter storms, while flash rates may be much more spaced out in frequency, if produced, most lightning produced is positively charged, and has a tendency to reach out from the back of the storm on it's way to the ground, ..the proverbial " Bolt from the blue ".  Positive bolts are classified as possessing the most energy ( compared to Negative bolts ) and usually produce a blindingly bright, often un-branched flash / bomb-dropped-on-the-house kind of explosion that rattles the house / can break windows, ..and can completely obliterate trees struck.

This cell was a tad too shallow to generate any electricity, despite how icy it looks. There was similar looking storm that produced about 3 dozen bolts yesterday  around the same time as it passed north of downtown Phoenix.
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Final storm as it heads east toward Apache Junction/ the Superstitions right after sunset. Supposedly produced a handful of flashes as it rolled away, but didn't notice any when taking pictures.
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With more possible storms, perhaps better dynamics to produce them, and a colder overall atmosphere in the forecast as the next low swings through the state, we'll see what tomorrow brings.

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Silas_Sancona
2 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Some good examples of "winter " Convection here in the desert..


With more possible storms, perhaps better dynamics to produce them, and a colder overall atmosphere in the forecast as the next low swings through the state, we'll see what tomorrow brings.

Thought i'd throw this in.. Pretty impressive structure on this storm.   ****All credits to the photographer***..

 

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Kim

Tropical clouds

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amh
4 hours ago, Kim said:

Tropical clouds

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Great photos.

Now, if you just took these, you're really rubbing it in.:D

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Silas_Sancona

Could go in the Rainbows thread, or here.. Regardless, an unusual afternoon " Sun Dog " and very weak Parhelic Circle ( Line moving to the right, away from the " Sun Dog " )  from a week ago. Very vague ( couldn't photograph correctly either ) but there was also a 22deg Halo around the sun at the same time that day.  Most Sun Dogs are viewed closer to sunset.  Optics are caused by a combination of hexagonal plate and 6 sided, columnar-type Ice crystals.

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Closer-ups of the Sun Dog, or.. Parhelia: This one was pretty bright, but have observed others which were hard to look at ( due to brightness )
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Kim
5 hours ago, amh said:

Great photos.

Now, if you just took these, you're really rubbing it in.:D

Valentine's Day photos. :wub:  I hear the weather elsewhere has been rather cool. :mrlooney: Didn't mean to rub it in, but I get your point!

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11 hours ago, Kim said:

Valentine's Day photos. :wub:  I hear the weather elsewhere has been rather cool. :mrlooney: Didn't mean to rub it in, but I get your point!

Just a bit facetious, the problems with writing is you cant hear tone of voice, see eye winking or fingers crossed.

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Silas_Sancona

Not exactly the kind of clouds you want to see but a fact of life in the desert during high wind events during drought years, esp. when wind direction is from the south or southwest.. and during the ramp up phase at the start of our Monsoon Season.

It's interesting that while winds yesterday, and during some monsoon storms were at/above 40mph, while there was plenty of dust, late winter/spring dust events don't completely reduce visibility like the " Haboobs " we're known for in July/August.    Regardless, not something you want to be out in.
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Shared this before, but a picture of what a Haboob-type dust event delivers.. and this particular event, taken back in August of 2018 was ' mild ' compared to the great wall of dust that swept across the valley ( and entire desert to the west ) back in 2011.
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Tracy

Two cities, two countries.  First, looking north at the clouds over downtown San Diego post storm Friday with the Otay river in the foreground.  Second looking south over Chula Vista with the mesa of Tijuana, Mexico as the backdrop asthe storm clouds pass by.  The low pressure had moved east at this point along with most of the rain, but it still made for an attractive skyline.

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JLM

I took this in my backyard in 2018. This had started from a cluster of severe thunderstorms in Tennessee, which we had been caught in. These storms followed us down I-65 all day, once we got home a watch was issued almost immediately. Soon after, i caught this beautiful shelf cloud! This was labeled as a Derecho, so this will be called "The June 2018 Derecho"Screenshot_2021-02-28-00-54-13.thumb.png.133f21b3936bc5b3475f42e03d666cb6.png

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sandgroper

This isn't my photo but it was doing the rounds last year when covid first hit, coincidentally around ANZAC day (25th of April). Someone took this amazing photo of the sunset over the beach, the cloud looks like a soldier of the 10th Light Horse with the emu plume in his slouch hat.

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Bolsa Chica State Beach CA... Last Friday while fishing...

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Silas_Sancona

An oldie, but goodie.. One of the best storm cloud structures i've captured.  2nd best i have seen in California.

Was looking through an old photo album and found this shot i thought i'd add here..

Picture is of a compact hailer that developed as the last half of a cold storm was moving out of San Jose. Had cleared just long enough for the sun to warm things enough to induce convection over the central/ southern half of the valley that day. Unlike most " winter convection " seen after passing pacific storms, this was one of those rarer instances the surface was warm enough/ upper levels cold enough to produce deeper convection/ bigger individual " cells ". While it looks far off in the distance, is actually less than 10 miles to my east and was producing dime to quarter-sized hail as it drifted southeast out of the area. Hail any bigger than pea size is a rare sight anywhere in the Bay Area. 

Picture location is the boundary between the Blossom Hill/Harwood area, and the Almaden Valley in Southwest San Jose, CA.  Front of the House i was living in at the time faced east over Almaden and the rest of the southern end of San Jose. Sitting slightly higher than the creek/ homes across the street, with no overhead tree canopy to block the view provided excellent views of this and many other storms, sunsets/sunrises, etc. while i lived there. '89 Quake also occurred while i lived in this location.
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As you can tell from the borders, this was taken on film, not too many years before everything would begin to transition to digital. Want to say i took this ( and several other pictures of this particular storm that day ) in March or April of 1995. Thought i'd written down the date, but guess i didn't, lol..

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Tracy

As Friday's storm was departing.  Pretty typical of winter, clearing along the coast while still cloudy and raining at the higher elevations inland.  Second photo looking north with the ridge of Point Loma visible behind downtown San Diego and beyond the Coronado Bridge.

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Some pictures of a more vivid than typical display of cloud irridescence in a quickly passing patch of Cirrostratus and Altocumulus ( brighter white " puffs ", lower part of / right side of the pictures ). Unlike other colorful cloud phenomenon such as halos, irridescence is light from the sun ( or Moon ) passing through uniform, individual droplets of liquid water, or small ice crystals.  When larger, Ice crystals will produce halos/arcs, etc rather than the Mother of Pearl- like sheen of irridescence.

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On 3/20/2021 at 4:15 PM, Silas_Sancona said:

Some pictures of a more vivid than typical display of cloud irridescence in a quickly passing patch of Cirrostratus and Altocumulus ( brighter white " puffs ", lower part of / right side of the pictures ). Unlike other colorful cloud phenomenon such as halos, irridescence is light from the sun ( or Moon ) passing through uniform, individual droplets of liquid water, or small ice crystals.  When larger, Ice crystals will produce halos/arcs, etc rather than the Mother of Pearl- like sheen of irridescence.

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If you take out the plant branches, those pics could be out of an airplane window looking down at some Caribbean islands... Nice colors...

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