Post-Tornado Watch Clouds

This is what they look like.

Just in case you were wondering.

24 Comments on “Post-Tornado Watch Clouds”

  1. Freaky deaky clouds.
    It’s 2012 already?
    Nah, just Photoshop.

    Sorry, still in haiku mode. (2012 pronounced as ‘twenty-twelve’ :)

  2. Nice shot!

    We also had a tornado warning and hail, but not a whole lot of wind. Lots of lightning. No power for the last hour, but a UPS that lasts longer than I’d realized!

    Here’s a possible “pre-tornadic cloud”

    (I took that one)

    A few minutes later, the same storm was over in Cecil, and looked more like this:

    I’ve spent the last half hour reading on the Worcester Tornado of 1953. While my family didn’t live in Massachusetts then, many of my classmastes would talk about what their parents told them about the storm – mostly of their cars being thrown around.

  3. The Tornadoes seam to have left you alone however, The Warnings are all over the place in my neck of Ohio The Sirens are going off and the cable cut out :(

  4. The clouds in that picture are a kind of Mammatus, which occur where there are severe (or tornado forming) storms. Most often seen in the midwest. I’ve seen these before when I visited Delaware, Ohio, as kid. Freaky but cool.

  5. Grrr, I just drove home during what is probably the same storm (I think – you’re somewhere in Ohio, if memory serves, and I’m in Columbus). Visibility was almost nil due to the driving rain, the crazy wind, and it being dusk and still – still! – there were people driving without their lights on. I want to break their little fingers.

  6. Run children, the clouds are coming!
    The Clouds can see into your mind!
    The Clouds can see into your so-oul!

  7. Wow. This is one thing I don’t miss by living in Kentucky. Tornadoes. Yikes. I’d rather deal with earthquakes (sometimes). The picture is beautiful though.

  8. Cool picture. I took a few pictures of clouds like these in Springboro, Ohio a little while ago. Maybe the same storm system passing through.

  9. Homesick indeed. I’ll take my Ohio tornado warnings over feeling like I’m in a jostled snowglobe in California any day.

  10. Glad the Scalzi compound survived unscathed.

    My closest encounter with a tornado happened in high school — last bell and I was already outside when a teacher yanked the doors shut behind me (thanks, butthead). I got on the school bus and it started rocking side-to-side. The tornado came over the top of the school and hit in the woods across the street — ripped a few a/c compressors off the roof and took out several trees. Fun to look back on, but scary as hell at the time…

  11. I was at the emergency vet center in Blue Ash while that was going down. Couldn’t remember if the car window was up, but didn’t really give a crap once the sirens went off.

  12. I wonder if this is a scenery of ash cloud erupted in Europe and now has invaded the US. In any case, this pic lends inspiration to write Fanfic contest.

  13. Ai, those are beautiful clouds. On one hand I’m glad we don’t get them really where I live but still… they would be wonderful to see first hand.

  14. @Chris #7

    That type of mammatus forms in air settling lower after the passage of a system capable of forming tornadoes. I’ve always considered them to be the “closing credits” on a fun weather day.

  15. That tornado watch turned into a tornado warning over Columbus… and we were close enough to it to see the freaky green and blue clouds. Perhaps fortunately, we lacked a camera so we didn’t stick around to take pictures of the rather cool and ominously fast moving clouds.

  16. John, is there a space ship just on the other side of those clouds? Something has disrupted the atmosphere there and I’ll bet it’s spaceships.