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Picture of the Day: The Supercell

I always love looking at the photographs posted on the incredible Twisted Sifter’s blog. The weather photographs, in particular, always pique my interest. This Ryan Shepard photograph, of a Supercell thunderstorm system over Ovid, Colarado last year, just takes my breath away. Incredible, just incredible.



supercell-thunderstorm ovid colorado by ryan shepard

Photograph by RYAN SHEPARD
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In this dramatic capture by Ryan Shepard, we see a supercell thunderstorm never Ovid, Colorado on 28 May 2013.

A supercell is a thunderstorm that is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone: a deep, persistently rotating updraft. Of the four classifications of thunderstorms (supercell, squall line, multi-cell, and single-cell), supercells are the least common and have the potential to be the most severe. Supercells are often isolated from other thunderstorms, and can dominate the local climate up to 32 kilometres (20 mi) away. [source]

Supercells can occur anywhere in the world under the right pre-existing weather conditions, but they are most common in the Great Plains of the United States in an area known as Tornado Alley and in the plains of Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil. [source]

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Picture of the Day: The Tsunami Cloud

This is an absolutely astonishing photograph. Residing within the beautiful art gallery that is the Twisted Sifter website is this remarkable demonstration of the pure energy and power of Mother Nature – captured brilliantly by photographer Gary Brink in May 2011. Much gratitude to Gary and Twisted Sifter for sharing this wondrous image 🙂





Amazing Cloud Formation (Explored)


This incredible photograph was taken by Gary Brink (1/800, ƒ/9, ISO 200, 135 mm) on May 29, 2011, at the Holland State Park in Michigan, USA. The incredible cloud formation formed on Lake Michigan just off the beach.

In his Flickr description, Gary remarks:

“Was out at the State Park on Sunday evening and witnessed this beautiful cloud formation on the horizon. Wasn’t long after this a big dark cloud blanket moved in very quickly and covered this cloud. The dark cloud brought an instant 5 degree plus drop in temps and a brisk wind as well. It didn’t rain but what an amazing sight to see… just never know what you’re going to get when you go out to the lake and sometimes it’s gone in the blink of an eye as well so always…

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Picture of the Day: Sunrise in the Cinque Terre

The beauty of Italy – my late Grandmother’s birth country – never ceases to touch my heart. This photograph of Riomaggiore in The Cinque Terre, taken by James Brandon, can be found on the fantastic website of the ever-amazing Twisted Sifter. Thank you Twisted Sifter and James – very much appreciated 🙂







In this stunning sunrise capture by James Brandon, we see the village of Riomaggiore in the famous Cinque Terre region of Italy. Brandon recalls:

“Out of the five little villages in the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore is probably the most quaint as well as the most dramatic. This image was made at sunrise and was manually blended together from three separate exposures. A quick exposure for the sky, a long exposure for the town to capture the starbursts in the light sources and another quick exposure to freeze the boats in place in the water.”


Riomaggiore is a village in the province of La Spezia. It is the first of the Cinque Terre and the most southern of the five villages which are all connected by trail.

The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion…

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Picture of the Day: Shelf Cloud Over Timisoara

Thank you to the incredible Twisted Sifter for posting this awe-inspiring photo of a Shelf Cloud, over the Romanian city of Timisoara. Absolutely amazing in every single way 🙂






Photograph by ERVIN BOER


In this amazing capture by Ervin Boer, we see an intimidating shelf cloud over Timisoara, Romania. The photo was posted to Timisoara’s official Facebook page (via my friend Mihai).

A shelf cloud is a low, horizontal, wedge-shaped arcus cloud. They are attached to the base of a parent cloud, which is typically a thunderstorm, but could form on any type of convective cloud. Rising cloud motion often can be seen in the leading (outer) part of the shelf cloud, while the underside often appears turbulent and wind-torn. [Source]

Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County, in western Romania. It is one of the largest Romanian cities, with a population of 303,708 inhabitants (the third most populous city in the country, as of 2011), and the main social, economic and cultural center in the western…

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Picture of the Day: Thousand Year Old Baobab

I always enjoy browsing through the stunning photographs on the quite delectable, always inspirational blog of Twisted Sifter. This photograph, taken by Dan Doucette of Project Noah, simply takes my breath away. The Madagascan Majesty that is the proud Baobab… a thousand years old. Simply beautiful 🙂







Spotted in the Ifaty reserve, north of Tulear in southwestern Madagascar (Lat: -23.15, Long: 43.62), is this incredible Baobab tree that is purportedly a thousand years old. Adansonia za, common name Baobab, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Adansonia belonging to the Bombacaceae family.

It’s a large thick-stemmed deciduous tree, about 10–40 meters (33–130 ft) high and about 6 meters (20 ft) in diameter. The trunk and branches have a brownish-rose colored hue. The tree is wide at the base and grows to a narrow point towards the top of the tree. [Source: Wikipedia]

Adansonia is a genus of eight species of tree, six native to Madagascar, one native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and one to Australia. Some baobabs are reputed to be many thousands of years…

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Saturn’s 2000 km Wide Hurricane Eye

Thank you to Twisted Sifter for posting this incredible NASA Cassini image of an immense hurricane battering Saturn’s North Polar region.


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Photograph by NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI


NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole. Scientists say the hurricane’s eye is about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds at the outer edge of the hurricane are traveling 330 mph (150 meters per second). The hurricane swirls inside a large, mysterious, six-sided weather pattern known as the hexagon.

This image is among the first sunlit views of Saturn’s north pole captured by Cassini’s imaging cameras. When the spacecraft arrived in the Saturnian system in 2004, it was northern winter and the north pole was in darkness. Saturn’s north pole was last imaged under sunlight by NASA’s Voyager 2 in 1981; however, the observation geometry did not allow for detailed views of the poles. Consequently, it is not known how…

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