This is surely something that the entire country has heard lately. Especially in the last two weeks. What the heck is going on. Could the Mayans have been correct with the whole 2012 prediction? Or did they just run out of space on their stone tablets? Well I don’t know about all that and I have never seen a tornado in person but I have photographed a few skies that were in the tornado warning category.
This was my first encounter with some extreme weather. Unfortunately I didn’t have a clue to it. These are called cumulus mammatus and they are whats under the giant anvil in a big thunder head cloud. These are a sign of severe weather so be alert.
This is the same storm system about 45 minutes later closer to sunset. I was actually driving into this storm and didn’t realize it. I don’t remember any tornados from this storm but there were heavy rains and wind. So if you ever see a sky with clouds that look like cotton balls hanging down, you should turn on the TV or radio and listen to the weather.
Here is another shot of a sky that should be taken seriously. When listening to weather reports they always talk about rotation in the radar images. Well this sky was definitely twirly (yes, that’s a word). The other thing about this sky was it’s color. It was green. Now I have seen skies that were so green it looked like you were under water. Let me tell you it’s scary. This shot was taken in my front yard looking straight up. There are houses all around so you can’t see the horizon to see if there is anything big coming, like a tornado. So again I have to listen to the weather intently when I see something like this. I wouldn’t be able to see a tornado until it was only a few hundred yards away. I’ve got my emergency plan in place, do you? My thoughts and prayers are with all the folks in the south these days. Still, isn’t dangerous weather beautiful? I just think it’s kinda cool no matter what man can build, mother nature can always whip an F5 and shred it.