Around 4:30 p.m., Blue-tinged darkness of approaching squall line opens up across the northern and western sky. Occasional lightning flashes dance in clouds, while a rogue bolt leaps towards western horizon. Photo taken in Richardson TX.
Wildness approaches, and with definite blue tinges to the sky, plus reports of large hail in the region, I choose to abandon my post for another which offers a patio to drive in if large hail arrives. Meantime, adrenaline and thrill fill my heart as I eagerly anticipate the arrival.
Here is a vertical view of approaching squall line. I love the contrasts of light across the cloudscape. Clouds hanging towards horizon probably represent a powerful downburst.
As I drive to my second outpost, strong winds arrive, bending tree branches and scattering leaves into air. Very dramatic and exciting! In this photo, storm has arrived. Note the funnel shaped cloud at lower left. It traveled across the southern sky, and again probably represents down burst winds. Occasional potent lightning streaks across the scene.
Sheets of rain and wind swirl through, sometimes rocking my car.
As heart of storm passes off into east sky and rain tapers, new thunderheads at the rear of the complex arise, presenting magnificent contrasts with breaks of clear sky and swirly grays of thunderstorm still overhead.
Meanwhile, off in the east, occasional breath taking lightning bolts dance between earth and sky, their brilliance reflecting off rain wet pavement.
Looking across northern sky, as departing storm leaves a magnificent cloudscape behind it.
Further east across my north, new towering cumulus clouds build into the storm, with amazing beauty, like celestial mountains. Fresh, sweet and cool breezes now flow upon me.
This is a wider view of the previous photo. Again, sweeping beauty.