Summer storms. 

A few days ago a strong line of storms were predicted to blow through the area. As the day progressed, huge cloud formations began to build. And sure enough, my phone and iPad started going nuts with audible weather alerts and messages of impending doom. I.E. Heavy rain, lightning, flash flooding, possible hail, and strong winds which could lead to mesocyclone winds and even tornados. 

I looked out the front windows and judging by how the trees were now bending over from the increasing winds, and the skies were really darkening, a nasty storm was brewing. And it wasn’t far away. Then a quick peek out the back window revealed what was really in store. I literally said out loud…“uh oh”.  

Not knowing how much time I had before the skies let loose, I quickly grabbed the camera and went outback to get a few shots of the stormy clouds. It was really windy so I figured by going out back I would be sheltered from the wind and all the debris that was flying around. Well at least somewhat sheltered.

It was quite easy to see the rotation of the clouds…right above me. I mean the clouds were really spinning. That’s probably why the last alert I heard and read before going outside was a tornado warning.

I was only outside long enough to get a few shots. As much as I enjoy inclement weather, that was long enough. The experience was pretty exciting and rather scary at the same time!

White Balance: cloudy

ISO: 640

Shutter: 1/50






  1. July 23, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Amazing Pictures.

  2. July 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks…it sure was a sight to see!

  3. July 23, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Wow – they are pretty dramatic clouds. Did much rain fall from them? This current hot and very dry weather here isn’t producing much in the way of rain even when the sky is full of heavy clouds. There doesn’t seem to be enough moisture in the clouds to produce rain.

    • July 24, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Did they ever produce rain! Inches and the small streams in the area overflowed their banks. There were also downed trees. A tornado did touch down a few miles from where I live but it didn’t last long or do much damage. Probably this was due to all the farmland and sparse population in the area.

  4. July 27, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Great clouds but safety first…says the person who stops in the middle of busy streets 🙂

    • August 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Yeah they were pretty darn spooky! I became really concerned when I saw the rotation right overhead. I used to work with a gal who was in the army and she told that she would rather go back to combat than live through another tornado. Yikes indeed!
      Isn’t it fun though stopping traffic? Just hold it folks…I have to get this photo.

      • August 3, 2018 at 9:24 am

        I’ve been through a couple of tornadoes in my life and they are freaky scary! But I usually cross the street at the light and snap fast 😉

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