Saturday, June 6, 2009

Keeping an eye on the sky, and its various cloud shapes

I stopped along U.S. 1, just north of the Pineda Causeway, on my way to work for a snapshot of an approaching storm.

When I arrived at work, I was right under it. The rain started to really come down just as I made it to the door.

During my first summer here, I was unaware that Florida had such intriguing clouds to offer people interested in meteorology and photography. My work shift, which starts in the late afternoon, compounded my ignorance by preventing me from getting out and noticing the weather changes.

This year, I've become more watchful of the skies, frequently checking to make sure I don't miss anything.

Today's weather was not incredibly spectacular, but I found it neat nonetheless. It started with a storm that moved over as I commuted to work and ended with an interestingly lit cloud at sunset. Some residents of northern Brevard County even reported a funnel cloud.

With the storm season just kicking into gear, I can't wait to see what the rest of this Florida summer has to offer.

Elsewhere: Here are some photos of that approaching shelf cloud I missed while I was deep in the woods with only a 150-500mm lens. They're taken by FLORIDA TODAY reporter Chris Kridler. I did, however, catch the underside of it.

I enjoyed this clearly defined white cloud, which contrasts from the blue sky.

Another shot of the white cloud taken from the parking lot of my workplace.

A tail cloud, resembling a sideways twisty cone, at sunset reflects onto a pond behind work. Not capturing the entire reflection makes me want to buy a wider-angle lens.

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