Gossamer Tapestry

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Skywatch Friday: The Apocalypse Begins in 2 Minutes


Arlington Heights, IL. July 10, 7:30 PM

Today's Skywatch is dedicated to UrSpo, who loves a good Midwestern thunderstorm. We got a fine one this evening. About two minutes after I took this photo (while stopped at a red light). the heavens opened with a violent thunderstorms that included hail (my poor car).

It's been a day of violent weather here in Illinois. The above photo is from the second wave of storms that hit. I was lucky. We were out catching butterflies to breed in the lab (more on that in an upcoming post). The first wave of storms did not hit until we were done, and we were safely in the car and on our way before the violence started. We were treated to some dramatic skies on our way out.


Heading back to the car under mammatus clouds



Mammatus Clouds

As always, the other Skywatch posts can be seen at Wiggers World.

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18 Comments:

At 23:15, Blogger chrome3d said...

It looked nice, but it´s good that you´re okay.

Those two guys aren´t looking for mammatus clouds, oddly.

 
At 23:20, Blogger Ur-spo said...

clapclapclapclap

 
At 06:43, Blogger cedrorum said...

Sounds like a great day in the field. Glad you got out of there before the violence started. I don't see many mammatus clouds here. Because it used to take us so long to get out of Woods Bay, we would bolt as fast as we could when we heard the first thunder of an approaching storm. There's nothing like standing underneath a bunch of 80 foot tall cypress in a lightening storm. Luckily we did most of our work in the morning and early afternoon, so didn't have our data collection interrupted too often.

 
At 07:33, Blogger BentonQuest said...

I always love great storm pictures. Thanks!

I was just lamenting that lately I have been at work when all the good storms come around.

 
At 09:15, Blogger Gallicissa said...

I love such dramatic skies. Had similar skies here today.

 
At 10:20, Blogger bobbie said...

Wow! I love that first picture. I love a good thunder and lightning storm too. Hope your car isn't too dented by the hail.

 
At 10:25, Blogger robin andrea said...

Great, dramatic skies you have there. I haven't seen skies like that in quite a while. Still a bit smoky here from the fires, which makes for some wild colors during sunrise and sunset.

 
At 11:14, Anonymous quilly said...

Whoa! That looks ominous. I am glad that you suffered no damage. Storms here come seldom (though it rains often).

 
At 13:13, Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Unfortunately Tom is on bed rest today and for the first time you are stuck with me. I have my orders to visit as many as I can, and make sure the links are working and everyone is being good. I am sure you are all being good.
Tom and I thank you for Sky-Watching this week. I am sure that as soon as Tom's heart beat settles down he will be back here and visiting.

JANE

 
At 14:37, Blogger Dave Coulter said...

doug - Looks like you-all got it worse than those of us further south. Yikes. Hope all is well!

 
At 16:11, Blogger quinttarantino said...

This just looks so ommius!

 
At 17:08, Blogger esnorway said...

nice pics have nice weekend

 
At 16:25, Blogger AnneKa said...

Hallo from north Norway. Last week I saw all Sky Watch Friday photos and they were all great, and I hope to see them all this week too. I love to travel around the world this way.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful sky watch and have a great weekend!

 
At 19:23, Blogger Fugazi said...

Great SWF contribution.

BTW.
I am in a photocontest this week too please vote for me...
The picture is called * Himmelske farger*

https://lagring.online.no/sections/competition/view.php?id=11&sortby=votes

Thank you for helping me:)

 
At 20:01, OpenID equivocalvagabond said...

Where's your purple polka-dot rainbonnet?

 
At 10:12, Blogger Texas Travelers said...

Great photos. Look forward to the butterflies in an upcoming post.

wow! Those are some serious clouds.

Thanks for the visit,
Troy

PS:
Note on the Darner dragonfly:
I didn't know that I had it. It was so dark that it was overlooked. As I am going back and re-visiting photos from the trip, I am discovering a lot of "new" things. Some of the new software that I am using is a great help in recovering photos.

 
At 12:03, Blogger Louise said...

When I lived in the Midwest, a cloud like the one on top would have gotten me in a frenzy of excitement. Now, not used to such things, it looks a little scary!

 
At 11:02, Anonymous jimbo said...

Dude, get your ass off the prairie when there's clouds like that! You wanna get zapped?

 

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