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Fire after the Storm

Fire after the Storm
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-01
Categories: Sky
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 14-45 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-02 6:56
Viewed: 3243
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Many of you may have heard about the tornadoes in Texas yesterday. Well two of them touched down near the town where I work. I left work early to chase one but by the time I got to the county line, rain had started between me and the wall cloud.

My boss, however, was within 1/2 mile of one of the twisters and managed to capture some images on his camera phone. I was soooo jealous!!

That evening the same storm system shifted south and met another system moving from west to east. This was taken after most of the booming was done.


A convective storm accompanied by lightning and thunder and a variety of weather such as locally heavy rainshowers, hail, high winds, sudden temperature changes, and occasionally tornadoes. The characteristic cloud is the cumulonimbus or thunderhead, a towering cloud, generally with an anvil-shaped top. A host of accessory clouds, some attached and some detached from the main cloud, are often observed in conjunction with cumulonimbus.

Thunderstorms are manifestations of convective overturning of deep layers in the atmosphere and occur in environments in which the decrease of temperature with height (lapse rate) is sufficiently large to be conditionally unstable and the air at low levels is moist. In such an atmosphere, a rising air parcel, given sufficient lift, becomes saturated and cools less rapidly than it would if it remained unsaturated because the released latent heat of condensation partly counteracts the expansional cooling. The rising parcel reaches levels where it is warmer (by perhaps as much as 18°F or 10°C over continents) and less dense than its surroundings, and buoyancy forces accelerate the parcel upward. The rising parcel is decelerated and its vertical ascent arrested at altitudes where the lapse rate is stable, and the parcel becomes denser than its environment. The forecasting of thunderstorms thus hinges on the identification of regions where the lapse rate is unstable, low-level air parcels contain adequate moisture, and surface heating or uplift of the air is expected to be sufficient to initiate convection.
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Hi Angelina,
You got guts to follow a tornado. I've been hiding for two of them when I lived in the southeast. But I now I would probably do same. Eventhough you missed the tornado, you were presented with an awesome looking thunderstorm. It really looks like there was a fire inside the cloud. The color is very intens. I like the fact that you included some trees for scaling. The photo does have some noise, but not something I would really worry about.

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  • Charo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 39] (456)
  • [2007-05-02 7:13]

Hola Angelina,
Impresionantes nubes con unos colores magníficos.
Excelente captura.
Saludos cordiales

WOW!!! A fine capture of contrast and colors. It looks like the gateway to Hell. When two unstable air masses meet the result can be beautiful yet catastrophic. I'm envious of the explosive display of nature that you witnessed. You're posting some outstanding photos. Keep up the good work. Another very informative and interesting note :)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-05-02 8:00]

Hi Angelina,

firstly i must tell you how jealous i am of you for witnessing a sight like this! Here in the south of the UK we very rarley (if ever) get cloud formations as dramatic and well defined as this and combined with this beautiful colour - wow. As Niek says, there's a little noise but who cares when the shots like this?!
Hope you have more luck with the chasing next time!

well done and thanks for sharing,


I love the very interesting active line of the silhouetted trees running across the whole frame. The clouds are amazing.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-03 14:44]

Hello Angelina
What an impressive and beautiful shot!!
I'm really astonished reading your note. How valiant going after a tornado!
The sight of those clouds is stunning and wonderful.
Congratulations and TFS.

Wow! You really are good...no matter what you think of all the others being so good...Your getting near a peak!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-06 11:32]

Hi Angelina,
Such a great storm! Impressive and never seem where I live.
TFS, José M.

Apocaliptica magnificencia, el contraste de los tonos calidos con los frios es fenomenal, la presencia escenica es omnipotente, definitivamente me encanta y me hace presente el poder de dios...

Saludos Angy

Sweet image. This should have three times the amount of points it has so far, so I'll add two to total too.

I love BIG skies. You did a great job of capturing this one with the trees silhouetted and with the red heat behind the central clouds. A lot of power!


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