If you’ve been experiencing your own local weird weather like those of us in Northern California (wettest winter in memory including flooding after years of severe drought) maybe it will help to take a look at some genuinely bizarre weather made beautiful by talented photographers.  Some of the images were found with descriptions of the weather event.  I confess I’ve included them in the hopes that some readers will benefit even though I often don’t understand what they are talking about.  Just don’t let the descriptions detract from the stunning images.

Aww, there go the spring blossoms. Still it’s stunning.


Ooops, where’s the tow truck?

Ecuador Airlines pilot Santiago Borja in a Boeing 767-cockpit at the precise moment of a lightning flash, capturing a thunderstorm forming above the Pacific Ocean just south of Panama.

A water spout in Genoa , Italy.

A cloud illuminated by lightening.

A huge dust storm that hit Western Australia in early 2013.

Downdraft of precipitation from a young cumulonimbus cloud.
The initial downrush happening as the rest of cell is still forming and building.

Sunset on dissipating thunderstorms.
Could have two cells rotating in opposite directions, rare,
But meteorologically possible, like two egg beaters.

Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus (meaning “mammary cloud”),
is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. Mammatus “clouds boiling upside down”, on top of a flanking down draft.

Another great mammatus – extremely unstable air.

A tornado funnel near the ground. Probably already on the ground, but not enough moisture or debris/dirt to see it on the ground. Surface dirt starting the kick up.

Single cell super cell thunderstorm with mammatus.

Single cell thunderstorm with cloud to ground and cloud to cloud lightning,
Some being imbedded inside the cells.

Somewhat disorganized or dissipating thunderstorm.
Most of it already downward collapsed with the rain shield being dominant.

Sun setting behind cumulus clouds.

Tower cumulus building into a thunderstorm.

Cloud to ground lightning in the rain shield in dissipating thunderstorms.

Leading edge of a flanking downdraft of a thunderstorm.

Lots of cloud to ground lightning

Lowering wall cloud from mature thunderstorm.

Massive single cell severe tornadic thunderstorm.

Cloud to cloud and cloud to ground lightning.

Volcanic eruption creating a circular outflow boundary.

Circular outflow boundaries with storm cell rotation.

Photography by Sean Havey, from National Geographic

From National Geographic

Tornadic vortex with lightning, multi-layer outflow boundaries.

Storm over Saskatchewan, Canada.

Snow roller.


If you want more weird weather, go here, or here, or here.

Thanks to:  George, John, Anita, Carolyn, Merry, Wim, Sam

and to yesemail.


24 thoughts on “Weird Weather, 3

  1. So very beautiful…so kind of you…..thank you for your service and this gift to me. . . I shall treasure these photos, and use many as inspiration for my paintings….bless you ! James

  2. Very nice pictures and good shots of weird weather. I’ve seen weird weather in Alaska, experienced monsoons in Korea, and had ice storms on my home and trees. These pictures are the best I’ve seen. Excellent!

  3. I wish I knew. In fact, that one is so amazing, I”m a little worried it’s photoshopped but decided to include it because heaven knows there are plenty of other weather events equally amazing and weird. 🙂

  4. AMAZING photos……everyone was there at the RIGHT moment ! These were enjoyed v-e-r-y much and I DO thank you so much! Keep up the great work and I always look forward to your subjects and photos!

  5. Always something spectacular from you Dusky. Many thanks for showing us wonders we probably otherwise would never see.

  6. Any chance you can name the locations where some of these photos were take would be terrifc. Beautiful photographs, Thank you very much as always.

  7. picture which says about it “Sunset on dissipating thunderstorms.
    Could have two cells rotating in opposite directions, rare,
    But meteorologically possible, like two egg beaters.” appears more like lenticular clouds, a common site et certain places than a dissipating thunderstorm. i would check. third before last picture is also lenticular.

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