Gorgeous sunset tonight from the pier in Fairhope.
Strong thunderstorms formed this afternoon to the northeast of Orange Beach and quickly became strong will lots of heavy rain and intense lightning. As one of the storms collapsed, it pushed out an outflow that approached our location from the east.
We had already fled the beach thinking the storms would propagate further west and reach us, as such storms are not to be trifled with. We enjoyed the spectacle from our hotel balcony as the rain never reached us. But the sky show was impressive.
The image above is of the shelf cloud along the leading edge of the outflow. Click on it to see the large size which better captures the magnificence of the cloud feature.
Thanks to Jim Culpepper for these images… he writes…
Some pictures from a severe thunderstorm that rolled across Orange Beach and out into the Gulf around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2012. The three girls walking out onto the beach in the first photo beat a hasty retreat after the first lightning strike (what were they thinking?!).”
Several hundred images from our readers and viewers…
JB turned 80 on Tuesday, April 17th. Friend of the Blog Chuck Biddinger and his wife took JB and Judy to eat at a Japanese Steakhouse. We always like to hear about what JB had for lunch on WeatherBrains each week, so we will be interested to hear if any sushi was involved. The restaurant owners might want to introduce a new sushi roll called the Vienna. It would consist of sliced vienna sausage, rice, a little wasabi and seaweed wrap.
When I saw the first picture that shows JB eating a candle, it might be a bad sign that the Japanese food was not to his liking and he had to revert to eating things off the cake. But Chuck assures us that JB did indeed suck down a good amount of the delicious cuisine. No truth to the rumor that JB liked the dessert better than those Chinese doughnuts he eats with Dr. Tim Coleman nearly every Sunday.
Chuck made sure the event was chronicled well. Thanks for sharing Chuck! And thanks for taking care of our mentor!
How about all of the shelf cloud/rainbow images from around Alabama this evening. These are many of them sent to us via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
Impressive images from across Alabama from those storms that popped up in scattered spots Saturday afternoon and into the evening. It didn’t rain everywhere, but the stronger storms dropped large hail in many cases…
I’m handling weather duties for the Honda Indy Grand Prix being held at Barber Motorsports Park just south of Leeds, AL, on the eastern side of Birmingham, AL. The weather was very challenging yesterday with numerous showers, but since we just have some clouds after some dense fog this morning, I’ve had a chance to indulge my hobby of digital photography. Here are several shots I took this morning roaming around in the vicinity of the Race Control Building.
Great sunset images from the Gulf Coast and other places from our viewers….
Thanks to Charles Daniel of ABC 33/40 for passing these pictures along from Patty Bell. She writes…
Thought you might enjoy this pictoral of life here last Friday. A water spout formed offshore during a thunderstorm. When it reached land at the 1180-1208 block of Mokulua it became a tornado and sketched a path towards the Lanikai hillside, up and over the ridge and down the backside through the Enchanted Lake area. Shortly thereafter a second waterspout formed but it dissipated without incident. Outside our Lanikai bubble pockets from Waimanalo to Kaneohe Bay experienced hail up to 2 and a half inches in diameter- enough to make a blanket of ice on roads, rip up a bimminy cover on a large boat and more. There was plenty of flooding around the island, gratefully this time we were spared. It was one for the record books for sure.
Thanks to ABC 33/40 Skywatcher Mike Wilhelm for these images… he writes…
“Rick Lipscomb did some editing on my 4/27 Tuscaloosa tornado pics. The file with the name “heavyedit” really shows details that I never noticed before. I posted them all on my blog.
Thought you all might be interested.
When I saw this image running around on Facebook, I thought to myself, “A truthful groundhog!”