Friday, June 11, 2010

June 8 Shelf Cloud

June has been relatively active for Missouri.  While we have experienced average precip here, the poor folks in northern MO have had an extremely wet 14 days.  Estimates for extreme northern MO are up to 10" according to the AHPS Precipitation Analysis team.

The purpose of this post, however is to share one of the most exciting clouds I've witnessed.  On the morning of June 8th, around 11:00 a.m., a rather large complex of storms eased its way southeast.  After hearing reports of a wicked shelf cloud 30 minutes ahead of the actual storm, I grabbed the camera and waited outside.  I was not disappointed!  I made an attemt (my first) at pasting together a panoramic of the clouds, but believe me the picture doesn't do the cloud justice.  This was amazing.

(For a larger view, click on the picture)


Ami Jo said...

GREAT photo!!!! You are so blessed to live in a spot where you can take these awesome pictures!! THANK YOU for sharing it!!!

WxWatcher said...

You know...that's a good point. I really wish we had trees like at the farm, but we do get some great photo ops from our vantage point. Glad you enjoyed!

I had fun jumping off the swings with you. I never knew I'd still be doing that at 30!

OSNW3 said...

Very sweet photo, I can only imagine what it was like in real life starring you down. Also, thanks for posting the AHPS Precipitation Analysis link.

WxWatcher said...

I really appreciate all the NWS does. I don't use their tools nearly enough.

Glad you enjoyed the pic. Hope you get some sun soon!

OSNW3 said...

I was just checking out your data and decided to check out some of your photos. I was looking thru your EAA photos and remembered PBS had a special on last years EAA. Your pyrotechnics photo reminded me of the PBS program. Sweet stuff.

WxWatcher said...

EAA Oshkosh was a great time. We're sad to miss it this year. The pyrotechnics were awesome, although I wasn't ready for it. I was enjoying the post-WWII fighter planes buzzing overhead when all of a sudden..BOOM! took a few seconds to figure out what was going on. :o) When we go again, I'm bringing a camping chair and spend a day by the runway watching planes land. We'll have to do a BBQ, too for sure.

Big heat down here. My blogging/climatology gears have been grinding this week. I need to do a little searching, but I may have figured out a way to keep track of Mid-Missouri's version of "dog days". Once I can get some good library time I'll get that going.

Happy late Father's Day! Best job in the world, isn't it?