Friday, September 4, 2009

Stormy weather


Typically in our area, it becomes very hot by mid-afternoon. When that hot air meets cooler air, instability is created which most days results in thunderstorms. This is a brewing thunderstorm in the skies above Paddock Mall in Ocala.

32 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

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Don and Krise said...

This is what our sky is going to look like for the next couple of days.

Have a great weekend!

Memphis MOJO said...

Clouds are an amazing part of our world. Love the colors. Nice shot, I can almost feel the rain!

Lee Spangler said...

I can feel the hot moist air in your picture, the rumbling of thunder. It is exciting and I know it brings relief for a while.

Vogon Poet said...

Spectacular clouds, I'd like something like that over here...

Rob said...

We had a storm yesterday, first rain since July 8th. It lasted almost 10 minutes...
Beautiful cloudy sky!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

So you get a thunderstorm EVERY day in summer? Hmmm.

brattcat said...

Oh, you really catch it bearing down on that mall. Nice shot.

Dianne said...

one of the things I love about blogging is how it makes the world seem closer while broadening our awareness of other places and people

this shot is so similar to a shot I took at my local mall
giant parking lots are a great place to watch the sky

Rose said...

I love weather like this...I suppose I might get tired of it if it was all the time but I don't really think so.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! Great capture of that dramatic sky, Jacob! SUPER!! Powerful picture.

magiceye said...

awesome capture!!

Jacob said...

@ EG - Well, not EVERY day! But they are quite frequent. It was the same in South Florida. But there we'd watch them roll over from the Everglades...truly scary at times!

Saretta said...

Awesome sky! Btw, I had no idea that Ocala was Horse Capital of the World!

TheRandomTraveler said...

Thunderstorms are fairly common in the summer through most of the southeast, but they seem to pass pretty quick...

Small City Scenes said...

Oh my--that cloud looks like it has a belly full of rain.

We have had some rain(thank goodness) but yesterday was beautiful but it is raining again. Now! MB

Jacob said...

@ Lee and all: These storms often knock the temperature down - sometimes as much as ten degrees - which is very, very nice. Except...it also become very humid. Well, and sometimes they form tornadoes...

Other than that...

Jarart said...

That looks ominous. I can't stop looking at your banner photo though.

Lois said...

Nice shot Jacob! It's been looking like that a lot here too.

Bibi said...

I'd like to see a sky like this here. It rained some recently, but no beauty in the sky.

JM said...

Incredible! The clouds seem to be really low!

Answering to your question:
During the Discoveries Age, navigators brought everything that was new to the Old World, so I'm sure opuntias were also 'imported' these days.

tapirgal said...

I thought you were in hurricane country, not tornado country. Not that either one sounds inviting, but the clouds are sure nice!

Jacob said...

@ Tapirgal - This is big time tornado country...and then one of the biggest problems with hurricanes is that they often spawn tornadoes...

No problems so far this year, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.

Jacob said...

@ JM - That makes sense. Didn't they also import potatoes and corn?

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shot and lovely clouds !! This is fantastic..

Frank said...

Magnificent, scary Florida sky. Great photo.

Antjas said...

Another reason to get into the mall and take pictures of the other shoppers. By the way, up here in the NE this year we have had to prepare for more hurricanes than you have.

Jacob said...

@ Antjas - That's pretty crazy, isn't it? Not fun, for sure!

Eamon said...

I love this - it actually looks as if that building, and that building only, is going to get the fallout from the black cloud. You've captured the cloud movement perfectly too.

BeachILike said...

funny comment of Mr. Hagan .. :)
interesting competition

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Marvelous sky! Love the big clouds! Hope the hurricane season remains quiet this year.

Jacob said...

@ Beachlike - Mr. Hagan is from Minnesota. It's very cold up in Minnesota. The doctors think Mr. Hagan's brain has been frozen once too often!

;-))

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson