Weather

A Collapsing thunderstorm over Big Cypress National Preserve.
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
A Collapsing thunderstorm over Big Cypress National Preserve.
 
I waited about an hour on a dirt road in Eastern Colorado for this one storm to come my way so I could get a shot of it with a wind farm in the distance. As the storm got closer it started producing lightning bolts. I was fortunate to be able to capture .
Colorado
I waited about an hour on a dirt road in Eastern Colorado for this one storm to come my way so I could get a shot of it with a wind farm in the distance. As the storm got closer it started producing lightning bolts. I was fortunate to be able to capture .
Grand Lagoon near Panama City, Florida.
Florida
Grand Lagoon near Panama City, Florida.
 
Early June is the peak of severe weather season for Wyoming. This picture is from South Eastern Wyoming. Not a single paved road was around for miles. It was very peaceful at times because you could hear the rain falling in the distance. With no urban sounds to muffle the sound of nature these sounds went on for miles.
Wyoming
Early June is the peak of severe weather season for Wyoming. This picture is from South Eastern Wyoming. Not a single paved road was around for miles. It was very peaceful at times because you could hear the rain falling in the distance. With no urban sounds to muffle the sound of nature these sounds went on for miles.
I think I was the only human around for at least a 5-10 mile radius. This was about 30 miles northeast of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Storms out there seemed to be an optical illusion at times because I couldn't easily judge their distance since there were no trees or landmarks. I opted to go to this area and skip the Oklahoma/Texas panhandle area which ended up having a mini tornado outbreak there. But, I ended up getting about 20 good quality storm shots in this area so I'd like to think I made the better decision.
Wyoming
I think I was the only human around for at least a 5-10 mile radius. This was about 30 miles northeast of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Storms out there seemed to be an optical illusion at times because I couldn't easily judge their distance since there were no trees or landmarks. I opted to go to this area and skip the Oklahoma/Texas panhandle area which ended up having a mini tornado outbreak there. But, I ended up getting about 20 good quality storm shots in this area so I'd like to think I made the better decision.
 
This photo may not be a photo that hangs on someones wall, but it shows the vast emptiness of Wyoming. In an area of Wyoming where dirt roads are the way of life this lone road went on for miles and miles. At the end of this endless road was a nice thunderstorm.
Wyoming
This photo may not be a photo that hangs on someones wall, but it shows the vast emptiness of Wyoming. In an area of Wyoming where dirt roads are the way of life this lone road went on for miles and miles. At the end of this endless road was a nice thunderstorm.
A spring storm rolling across the Badlands of South Dakota. The storms this day produced quarter-inch hail and 50mph winds. This area used to be under a body of water called the Western Interior Seaway until about 60 million years ago. As volcanic ash settled to the bottom of the ocean it hardened and created these vast landscapes.
Badlands, South Dakota
A spring storm rolling across the Badlands of South Dakota. The storms this day produced quarter-inch hail and 50mph winds. This area used to be under a body of water called the Western Interior Seaway until about 60 million years ago. As volcanic ash settled to the bottom of the ocean it hardened and created these vast landscapes.
 
A summer storm over the Florida Everglades. The heat of the Everglades in the summer creates large towering cumulonimbus clouds in the afternoon. These storms then replenish the water in the Everglades.
Florida Everglades
A summer storm over the Florida Everglades. The heat of the Everglades in the summer creates large towering cumulonimbus clouds in the afternoon. These storms then replenish the water in the Everglades.
I didn't plan on it, but I ended up storm chasing in the Badlands of South Dakota this day. I knew there wouldn't be any tornadoes there but I was pleasantly surprised by the number of hail producing storms. This storm, along with many other storms, produced pea sized hail. This picture was taken just outside of the park boundary.  I drove on a dirt road for a bit to get closer to the storm until I couldn't easily drive towards it anymore.
Badlands, South Dakota
I didn't plan on it, but I ended up storm chasing in the Badlands of South Dakota this day. I knew there wouldn't be any tornadoes there but I was pleasantly surprised by the number of hail producing storms. This storm, along with many other storms, produced pea sized hail. This picture was taken just outside of the park boundary. I drove on a dirt road for a bit to get closer to the storm until I couldn't easily drive towards it anymore.
 
Distant summer thunderstorm over the Florida Everglades
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<br/>I drove through this thunderstorm to angle the shot so there was a body of water in front of the storm. After about 20 minutes I was finally able to get a lightning strike just as the storm was moving too far away for any kind of shot.
Florida Everglades
Distant summer thunderstorm over the Florida Everglades

I drove through this thunderstorm to angle the shot so there was a body of water in front of the storm. After about 20 minutes I was finally able to get a lightning strike just as the storm was moving too far away for any kind of shot.
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
 
Limon, Colorado 
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<br/>Cumulonimbus clouds silhouetted by a wind turbine farm. A non-tornadic supercell passed over this wind farm with the setting sun behind me. As the storm went by the turbines really started to spin. Tornado alley central shifts towards Eastern Colorado / Eastern Wyoming around the last week of May and the first week of June. It also makes for great weather viewing.
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Colorado
Limon, Colorado

Cumulonimbus clouds silhouetted by a wind turbine farm. A non-tornadic supercell passed over this wind farm with the setting sun behind me. As the storm went by the turbines really started to spin. Tornado alley central shifts towards Eastern Colorado / Eastern Wyoming around the last week of May and the first week of June. It also makes for great weather viewing.

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Cannon Beach, Oregon
 

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This cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud quickly formed over the southeastern Wyoming landscape near Cheyenne. Early June is prime thunderstorm season in this area of Wyoming. Between watching the pronghorns gallop and the thunderstorms explode, it's quite a nature scene.
Wyoming
This cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud quickly formed over the southeastern Wyoming landscape near Cheyenne. Early June is prime thunderstorm season in this area of Wyoming. Between watching the pronghorns gallop and the thunderstorms explode, it's quite a nature scene.
I drove for hours through beautiful Colorado and Wyoming landscape to photograph Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming as severe storms would be going through the area. After getting pelted with hail, I hiked a quarter mile up a hill to get Devils Tower angled with the storm how I wanted. I was able to set up my camera with just enough time for one picture as the storms were leaving and the light was changing.
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<br/>Rising over 850 feet from its base, Devils Tower is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes in the area. This area was established as the first National Monument in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt.
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<br/>This beautiful natural wonder was also the focus of the 1977 movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.
Devils Tower, Wyoming
I drove for hours through beautiful Colorado and Wyoming landscape to photograph Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming as severe storms would be going through the area. After getting pelted with hail, I hiked a quarter mile up a hill to get Devils Tower angled with the storm how I wanted. I was able to set up my camera with just enough time for one picture as the storms were leaving and the light was changing.

Rising over 850 feet from its base, Devils Tower is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes in the area. This area was established as the first National Monument in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt.

This beautiful natural wonder was also the focus of the 1977 movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.