Monday, June 28, 2010

The Birth of a Cumulonimbus and an Orange Sky

Strong storms moved through the area yesterday, and one that formed in Ashtabula county, which is just east of us, was clearly visible from our home in Lake County. That storm produced a cumulonimbus cloud which was beginning to form an anvil as it moved out of our range of view. The cloud top grew so large that even though the storm was moving into Pennsylvania while the sun was setting here, the sunlight reflected off the cloud top, creating a completely orange sky that was reported visible throughout most of Lake County and parts of the metro Cleveland area. Here are some photos, from beginning to end.

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Anonymous said...

Yes even the Plain Dealer covered the story of the sky on the front page today. It certainly was optics - hight clouds reflecting the sun, and rain still in the area. It was spectacular. Thanks for posting the pictutes.

The link to the PD article is here:

sabrinamantle said...

Those cloud pic are gorgeous! I love watching clouds and take lots of pics and end up painting quite a few, that third one down would make great painting. What are you shooting these with? These are crisper and more dramatic than any I've ever seen.

Chris Zimmer said...

Many of the larger DSLR cameras will give very crisp and sharp shots like this. I don't think it was so much the camera with some of these shots than it was with the cluds themselves, they were unusually bumpy, which is why they caught my eye!