These are just amazing pictures that chronicle the formation of a supercell. Frankly the pics are scary, as if one ever needed a reminder of the amazing power that mother nature wields. As per wikipedia…
A supercell is a severe thunderstorm with a deep rotating updraft (a mesocyclone) . Supercell thunderstorms are the largest, most severe class of single-cell thunderstorms. It has been argued that there are really only two types of thunderstorms: supercell and ordinary, though some have four classifications: single-cell, multi-cell, squall line, and supercell.
Check out the downdraft of rain! Look how sharp that cutoff is, on the south side. You could almost jump in and out of the core. I don't get how anyone could drive under this and not feel the need to pull over and watch.
This was a permanent look to the thing, a huge donut. This is one of my favorite shots.
More pics here.
UPDATE: Pics are from a storm chasers site and not taken by me, sorry if any of you got that impression. :)
A rather interesting take on how our life is backwards by NY Nerd..pretty funny.
I believe our life cycle is backwards:
You should start out dead and get it out of the way.
Then, you wake up in an old age home feeling better every day.
You get kicked out for being too healthy; go collect your pension, then when>you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day.
You work 40 years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement.
You drink, you party, you’re generally promiscuous, and you get ready for High School.
You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a baby, and then…
You spend your last 9 months floating peacefully in luxury, in spa-like conditions; central heating, room service on tap, larger quarters every day, and then, you finish off as an orgasm.
I rest my case.