Thursday, August 18, 2011

SkyWatch Friday - a short storm

A six-minute hail storm erupted this evening.  
The size of peas on steroids perhaps.
Just long enough to start trashing the baskets and pots.
Just long enough to add a crunchy topping to tables, 
and to provide a slushy for dogs to lick off the deck.
Just short enough that moody black clouds move on quickly and the sun bursts through again moments later.
Just short enough to provide an icy jumping beans game on a trampoline.
Fifteen minutes later, what hail storm?
Woah - weird cotton-wool cloud formations left in its wake.

23 comments:

  1. Crazy weather! That last shot is incredible! I've never seen clouds like those before in person...

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  2. Great choice of photos for SWF!I am really impressed of your last photo.The clouds are so dramatic.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  3. Wow, a wonderful series of shots, F&S. I love the slushy for the dogs.
    I wonder if it hit Medicine Hat. Our dog is there with friends who adore her, and she might have loved slurping the slushy bits, but she wouldn't have been happy if there was thunder.
    We're just approaching Moscow on the final leg of our Russian cruise and will be home to check out the late-summer weather with our dog in a few days.
    The cloud-formations in your last shot are unlike anything I've ever seen anywhere in my quite-long life.
    -- K

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  4. What...hail in August?? But the clouds in your last pic do look ominous!

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  5. I am glad it was a short storm, the hail can really be damaging. Love the rainbow and the last two shots are beautiful. The clouds in the last shot look very dramatic and I love the shapes. Happy skywatching!

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  6. Great photo's and record of the events following the hailstorm. I particularly like your last photo, the Mammatus clouds, also called 'Mamma' and 'cloud-boobs' - the latter according to my cloud collector's handbook! (I want to get a shot like that for my collection. Jackie

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  7. Great clouds; they seem to be rising from the earth!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. Wow that formation of clouds seems scary to me. Looks like it is going to rain again ^_^

    SWF

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  9. You guys get the most amazing active weather!!
    That cloud formation is stunning.

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  10. Fantastic shots! I especially love the last one. What a cool picture! The weather has been very strange this year! Have a great weekend! Judy

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  11. Wierd weather for sure, but I guess we should get used to it..... good series of pics too, just captures the scene!.....:)

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  12. Wonderful shots! That last picture is gorgeous dramatic!

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  13. Your thumbnail on Skywatch pulled me in straight away. What a fantastic last shot.

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  14. hail in your summer? we re having a polar blast here.

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  15. quite a storm- the cloud shots are fantastic!

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  16. An amazing sequence of images. We encountered similar sudden changes with thunder, lightning and hail when we stayed at Regina Beach. Your last shot is most impressive - incredible cloud formation.

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  17. Very good series of shots, especially I like the last one.

    Regards!

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  18. I should have mentioned - that last shot is very nice indeed.

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  19. Cool clouds! You know what they say about weather in Alberta--wait 5 minutes and it'll change!

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  20. Ahhh, love it!

    Those clouds are amazing! I've never seen that before... wow!

    Your daughter has the exact same footwear as me! :D

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  21. after the storm comes a rainbow. good job.

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  22. Wonderful photos, gorgeous skies. Your last shot is really interesting.

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