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Monday, May 3, 2010

Series: Clouds

After church finished yesterday, we came out and found the most amazing cloud formations.

Cumulus clouds with high tops, highlighted by the low sun in the west. (South view)

Rain shafts are visible in these clouds, and I could hear very rare rumbles of thunder. (SW view)

Poofy clouds as far as the eye can see. (North view. Yeah, it's not exactly hill country around here.)

Check out the blue underneath the cloud deck here. (south view)

Blue under the cloud anvil here, too. (south view)

A very distinct line set up between the storm and clear sunny weather. (WSW view)

More cumulus clouds, with high tops. (East view)

Later on, storms developed from the south and moved into Cass County MO in the extreme south metro, and a strong line developed along I-70 to the north. Not much rain at my house, but excellent light shows!


  1. Dear The Observer,
    All of these shots are Wonderful. My favorite is the first one, it looks like the stairway for the Jolly Giant in fairy tales.

    Big sky. Just wonderful. All of them.
    Ann T.

  2. Ann T:
    It is the second time this spring we had these scattered built up cumulus clouds. Both times it rained later. They are just so striking with the textures, colors, and the contrast against the blue sky. Rain shafts are also very cool looking.
    Thanks for looking in.
    The Observer



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