With all of the recent rain, the West Texas landscape has transformed from a barren drought stricken land to one of lush green vegetation with an abundance of wildflowers. The image above is from the last storm complex that moved through the area a couple of weeks ago. This particular image in about 10 miles north of Sweetwater, Texas.
This particular storm system was a little strange in that the radar image reflected a bow echo towards the southeast. However the individual storms were moving more to the north with the outflow boundary or gust front kicking out to the south. Even with water standing in many of the fields from the recent rains, the outflow boundaries from these storms still manage to stir up a large amount of dust.
At times the visibility from the blowing dust was less the one quarter of a mile. Many of the vehicles had to pull off the side of the road because of the visibility. Trying to photograph was a challenge as the side of by face felt that it was being sandblasted due to the high winds and blowing dust. The images of the blowing dust are from just west of Anson, Texas.
The weather trend continues. It’s been a long time since we have experienced this many opportunities for rain with the recent drought conditions. It’s been an extremely busy month for storm spotting. Today saw a continued outbreak of severe weather in the Big Country. The image above is just north of Bronte, Texas. This particular storm made a right hand turn and was now headed in my direction. The sky was getting dark with the hint of a teal color, usually a good indication for hail. An ominous looking shelf cloud is forming along the leading edge of the storm along with strong winds so I decided after firing off a couple of photos it was time to move and make sure I was no longer in the path of the storm.
We had a break in the recent stormy weather today. Many parts of Texas are experiencing record breaking floods, filling many lakes that have been at extremely low levels. We have had rains in the Abilene area but nothing like other parts of the state have experienced. It’s nice to see a local green landscape for a change but unfortunately we haven’t had a large amount of rain with sufficient runoff to make a dent in the local lake levels.
Today I headed just a bit northwest of Abilene to see if any isolated storms would build along the dry line. A few storms tried to build but there was obviously some pretty strong upper level winds that sheared off any storms that tried to build as evidence by the upper tops of the cumulus clouds aloft being blown eastward. There is supposed to be a better chance for the potential of severe weather tomorrow.
Here in Texas we have been experience severe drought conditions for the past several years. Nature has been working extremely hard these past couple of weeks to help offset the imbalance and provide some relief and replenish the drought stricken land. The much needed rain has been a very welcome relief even though some of the storms can be notoriously scary in appearance as is normally typical this time of the year in Texas. I photographed this particular storm as it made it’s way along the northeast of Abilene. This particular storm had a history of dropping ping pong ball size hail with 60 plus mph wind gust.
It was an extremely busy day here in Texas as numerous thunderstorms exploded across the region. I headed north towards a thunderstorm that quickly building as indicated by the towering cumulus clouds. Before I could get into position this particular storm was tornado warned. I could see a well defined wall cloud at the base of the storm as I continued to make my way north. Once in position I noticed the storm was beginning to move in a more easterly direction. I actually had to move a little further back to the south to make sure I was in a safe position as well as make sure I had a good escape route.
The image above is the rotating cloud as it made it’s way across Highway 277 just south of Anson, Texas. At this stage the storm was still exhibiting a tightening of the rotation as indicated by the small tail of a funnel attempting to develop. In case of this particular storm a funnel never fully developed.
It’s that time of the year. Around here specifically it means severe weather. The image above is a tornado warned storm I photographed late this afternoon. I normally try and position myself on the southeast side of the storm as the majority of storms move southwest to northeast. However, this particular storm decided to make an infamous right-hand turn so it was now headed towards my position. I spent the rest of the evening driving to try and get south of the path of the storm. I only had time to take a few photos here and there. This particular photo is south of Trent, Texas as it was headed towards the Camp Butman area. I love photographing these beautiful storms. However to do prefer to follow them rather that having them following me.