Early Spring Virginia Storm


Late Friday afternoon, Central Virginia saw some pretty special weather.  We had a rolling tornado watch–ending first at 5pm, then 6:30pm, then 8pm, and then 9pm (if I remember correctly).  Before the bad weather approached, I went out with my camera to capture some of the mean-looking clouds.  They looked very angry, indeed.  I saw a swirl of fast-moving white clouds that hung down beneath the cloud ceiling, and though I was about to see a tornado form–but nothing materialized.  Soon, though, I heard it.  And then the Texas-sized raindrops began falling.  I ran for cover and caught the rest of the storm from indoors.

We had three fantastic waves roll though.  Each produced its own cloud wall, and its own direction of rainfall.  It was an exciting evening–I hope these photos show how exciting it was.

 

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Above:  The rain was so hard that it obscured the large pine tree only about 50 yards away.

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Above:  A cloud wall from the second wave moving away (East).

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Above:  A cloud wall from the third wave approaching.

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Above:  Stretchy clouds.

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