Monday, March 26, 2012

storm cloud from smoke: very rare!!

storm cloud from smoke: very rare!!

here is something very rare! this thunderhead might *look* to be an ordinary storm cloud, but look again. There is a small but intense forest fire off to the southwest, in the national forest. the heat updraft is so strong that a cloud has formed on top of the heat column and high enough into the upper air so that rain might be falling.
Not the best of photo quality, but to take a picture *into* the sun makes for a tricky shot.

I have heard of rain falling from these smoke-storms and this rain puts the fire out. Or lightning forms and starts yet more fires!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for explaining something I've often wondered about - a connection i had suspected, but didn't understand well enough.