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Friday, July 10, 2009

Awesome Beauty & Destruction

Wednesday night, July 8, 2009 I stepped out on my front porch to check on something and noticed the beautiful cloud to the north. I went back inside and got my camera to take the following shots...
...walking out in my yard to see the rest of the cloud I see this to the west...
...Fluffy white clouds on top with the brilliant orange from the sunset...
...the south end of the west cloud had straighter lines...
...in the darker blue/gray area on the horizon, lightening was visible...
...click on any of the pictures to get a larger view.
After taking the pictures I go back into the house to look at them on the computer. While sitting there I see the radar screen on one of the TV stations with the weatherman interrupting the scheduled programing. I turn up the volume and hear that Wichita is getting pelted with huge hailstones. These were coming from this beautiful cloud that I was taking pictures of...


July Hail Storm Slams South-Central KS
A summer thunderstorm slammed south-central Kansas on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Here are some of the more spectacular hail reports...

9:29 p.m. -- baseball-sized hail reported two miles southwest of downtown Wichita; car damage.
9:30 p.m. -- baseball-sized hail reported in downtown Wichita; damage to many vehicles at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, where a crowd of more than 4,000 people was attending the Wichita Wingnuts baseball game; windows broken out; hail fell for about a half hour.
10:10 p.m. -- tennis ball-sized hail reported two miles east-southeast of downtown Wichita, near the College Hill neighborhood.

See complete article here.

5 comments:

Michelle Johnson said...

What stunning pictures Moonshadow. That cloud is breathtaking and the hail is huge in comparison to what I've seen here. I can't believe hail fell for half an hour either. Usually it only lasts a few minutes. Have a great weekend.

Bob Johnson said...

Excellent shots Moonshadow!!!! Some of the best cloudscapes I've ever seen.

Moonshadow said...

Thank You, Michelle & Bob! But credit for those clouds goes to a higher source, I was just lucky to have stepped outside to be amazed by their beauty. Having a really great camera certainly didn't hurt, either. :)

Kelly said...

Lovely and amazing! Nature never ceases...

Moonshadow said...

There's been many times I had wished that I had my camera handy. Nature doesn't sit and wait for you to get your camera, either. :)