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Posted: 10/17/2004 12:00:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/17/2004 12:24:55 PM EDT by Dragracer_Art]
Any Meteorologists in the house ???

Just found some old pics...
I snapped this pic about 5 years ago while crossing New Mexico...

Never seen anything like it before...

Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:02:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/17/2004 12:02:51 PM EDT by Boom_Stick]
Hmm, New Mexico, big cloud.....do you give off a faint green glow in low light?
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:02:44 PM EDT
It's just a regular thunderstorm. They always have an anvil shape like that.
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:03:36 PM EDT
Nuke go off is my best bet, but then you wouldn't be able to post this, ok I give up.
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:03:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/17/2004 12:04:33 PM EDT by DK-Prof]
Isn't that a "supercell" - aka big thunderstorn?

... or a nuclear explosion. Either way it's a pretty cool picture !!

... eta, or maybe there's a huge alien spaceship hiding inside it!
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:05:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/17/2004 12:05:36 PM EDT by Boom_Stick]
I've only seen clouds like that in Ok, Ark and national geographic.
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:09:18 PM EDT
It was the first and only time I've ever seen anything like it...
The picture just doesn't do it justice... We were watching it come at us for nearly an hour before we decided on a different route... We saw and heard on the CB radio that it spawned a bunch of tornadoes and huge hail stones... I saw a tractor trailer roll into the gas station we stopped at, and he had a broken windshield and dents all over his truck...
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:09:51 PM EDT

"There was a slight mishap today at the Iranian nuclear reserch facility"

Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:11:50 PM EDT
If it had heavy rain, hail and tornadoes, it was definitely a supercell:

Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:12:23 PM EDT
That is a textbook example of a supercell thunderstorm...those things are monsters!

Awesome pic!
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:13:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:20:53 PM EDT
It was really amazing how symetrical the clouds were... I didn't think of grabbing the camera until long after it had developed... We watched the storm grow from nothing... We were headed East, and the storm developed and crossed right in front of us... The top "anvil" part was so symetrical, I told my wife it HAD to be something man-made... It just looked too perfect...

I swear, I was waiting for a goddamn spaceship to fly out of it...
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:23:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
the top layer of it was thin and wispy, and had spread out in a PERFECT circle, covering a huge section of the sky, and the circle had spokes in a regular pattern in it.

Sounds like you are describing EXACTLY what I saw... By the time I thought to grab the camera, the "spokes" had disappeared and blended in with the rest...
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:26:22 PM EDT
Terrific shot. BTW, did your hair fall out afterwards?
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 12:29:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 4v50:
Terrific shot. BTW, did your hair fall out afterwards?

Nope, my hair was falling out LONG before that pic was taken...
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