The Lathe of Heaven: Inside a Super Cell
I have been tied up in sailing and preperation for my first cross Lake race as well as all the other too too fleeting summer pastimes that make life along Lake Michigan sweet. I’m posting now because of last night’s amazing super cell that blew through the Great Lakes.
Below is a horizontal rotating cloud. I had thought it was a classic, somewhat rare, roll cloud but it behaved and looked more like a giant corkscrew:
This photo shows that against a breathtaking backdrop of an ominous super cell storm front people were more concerned with the corkscrew roll cloud developing over my head:
I feel these two clouds equal one half of a photo; one photo showing the sky directly overhead and the other photo showing the Western portion of the sky as well as people concerned with what was going on directly overhead. (Not the best shot but the shot that best tells the story.)
These clouds were moving rapidly with formations rapidly changing. This last shot, my favorite, is facing south as that remarkable roll cloud corkscrew formation headed down towards Grand Haven. I caught the inside of it as the lightning storm to the North cleared the dunes of sky watchers: