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Beautiful Storm

February 17th, 2011 No comments

This is one of those images that just makes you stop and gawk. I can’t wait to shoot a picture like this myself someday.

Beautiful Storm

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Contrail Science

November 22nd, 2010 No comments

I stumbled (by using StumbleUpon!) an interesting website today called Contrail Science. The tagline for the site is “The Science and Pseudoscience of Contrails and Chemtrails,” and the current article on the home page is a very detailed explanation, using pictures, flight info and good science, about the alleged “missile launch” in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. The author of the site has numerous posts detailing the basics about contrails, some good stuff about contrail chemistry, and pictures galore! Contrails come in many shapes and sizes, and there are additional phenomena seen in the weather that act similarly to contrails. If you are at all interested in those trails you see in the sky, or want a lively debate on the “LA missile launch,” you should absolutely check out this site!

"LA Missile Launch"

Website For Storm Photographers

July 8th, 2010 No comments

I have created a new website aimed at showing people the best locations to take lightning and storm pictures. It’s called Lightning Shot Spots and I just launched it today! So far it’s a bare bones site while I work to collect location data (provided by users like you!), but I have plans to develop it into a world class storm photography resources. So, head over, take a look, and please contribute a location if you have one. Thanks!

Picture Of The Week

April 19th, 2010 No comments

So, not the best picture in the world, but I was able to catch some growing mamatus clouds this morning on my way to work. I had to use my iPhone camera to take the pic. I love how these clouds look!

Mamatus Clouds in Tucson, AZ

Mamatus Clouds in Tucson, AZ

Picture Of The Week

March 22nd, 2010 No comments

I know it’s not a pure weather-related picture, but with it winter ending, and spring starting over the weekend, I thought it would be nice to share some pretty flowers! I took this picture at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in 2008. During that festival, there are rows and rows of absolutely amazing and brilliantly colored flowers. It’s been a few years since we’ve been to the festival, and I miss it a lot. Happy Spring!

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, 2008. Happy Spring!

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Picture Of The Week

March 15th, 2010 No comments

This is a shot that I took from my roof in July 2009. Tucson sees some pretty nice thunderstorms during the monsoons of summer, and I try to get out and capture lightning shots whenever possible. This storm snuck up on me, so I really only had time to get on my roof before the rains came.

Summer Lightning, Tucson 2009

Summer Lightning, Tucson 2009

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Picture Of The Week

March 8th, 2010 No comments

Here is something to start your week with. I shot this in November 2008 from a friends house near Port Ludlow, WA. This is looking east across Puget Sound after a great rainstorm.

Picture of the Week - Puget Sound Rainbow

Picture of the Week - Puget Sound Rainbow

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Picture of the Week

March 1st, 2010 No comments

I thought I’d start the week off with a picture that will have you yearning for summer! With all the bad weather around the country lately, it’s hard to keep in mind the beautiful days we have ahead of us. This picture was taken in July 2007, at Marina Park in Kirkland, WA. It was a truly beautiful day!

Sunset at Marina Park, Kirkland, WA

Sunset at Marina Park, Kirkland, WA

Aliens In The Clouds!

February 26th, 2010 No comments

The other day I was driving home from work, and on the south side of the Catalina Mountains in Tucson, I saw these clouds:

Tucson Lenticular Clouds

Tucson Lenticular Clouds

Unfortunately, because I took the picture with my iPhone, the clouds are a bit hard to see. But, if you look closely at the clouds in the center of the image, you’ll notice that they’re rounded and somewhat “flying saucer” shaped. Here’s a better picture of the same type of clouds, that I took in Mt Shasta, CA:

Mt Shasta Lenticular

Mt Shasta Lenticular Clouds

These types of clouds are called Lenticular clouds, and they are stationary, lens shaped clouds that form at high altitudes. Typically, these clouds form on the downwind side of a mountain where warm, moist air is flowing, creating a series of large-scale standing waves. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops to the dew point, moisture in the air may condense to form lenticular clouds. As the moist air moves to the trough of the wave, if it’s warm enough, it may evaporate back to vapor. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form near the crest of each successive wave, creating a formation known as a wave cloud. And, because these clouds have a characteristic lens appearance and smooth saucer-like shape, they are often mistaken for UFOs (or “visual cover” for UFOs).

The air in the area of lenticular clouds is great for gliders, who seek out and ride the updrafts associated with the standing waves, but not so great for pilots of powered aircraft who are concerned with the turbulence. “Wave lift” often found in areas with lenticular clouds is often so smooth and strong that gliders can sail to incredible heights and distances. In fact, the current gliding world records for both distance (over 3,000 km; 1,864 mi) and altitude (15,460 m; 50,721 ft) were set using such lift.

I’ve always loved how lenticular clouds look. In almost every trip past Mt Shasta in California, where I have been able to see the mountain, lenticular clouds are present. I’ve also noted them quite frequently on the top of Mt Rainier in Washington. They are very beautiful clouds, but you can rest assured there are no aliens hiding in them!

Bad Weather On The Horizon!

February 20th, 2010 No comments

I’ve been thinking about this blog recently, and decided to take it in a new direction. I’ve really wanted to do a blog about weather related subject, and while thinking about a blog name, I realized I already had the perfect one in “Thunderstruck!” So, starting in the very near future, you can expect this blog to be almost 100% weather related. I’ll focus both on weather basics, as well as severe weather subjects. I’m really hoping to go storm chasing in Tornado Alley this spring or summer, and expect to return back with tons of pictures like the one below (not taken by me).

I hope you like the new direction of this blog, and I look forward to and welcome your comments. Thanks for visiting “Ive Been Thunderstruck!”

An awesome looking supercell!

An awesome looking supercell!