The sky was as full of motion and change as the desert beneath it was monotonous and still — and there was so much sky, more than at sea, more than anywhere else in the world. The plain was there, under one’s feet, but what one saw when one looked about was that brilliant blue world of stinging air and moving cloud. Even the mountains were mere ant-hills under it. Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky. — Willa Cather
I saw this photo and video on the news last night and was awed once again by what Mother Nature does out here on the Great Plains. In a lifetime here, I’ve never seen a storm like this.
It seems some storm chasers — the Basehunters — watched this storm and filmed it as it was developing. Only today am I learning that this happened on Sunday, the day my daughter-in-law and grandson were returning from a camping trip at Devil’s Tower. That’s in NE Wyoming, not far from where this supercell developed. They got home safe and sound and I assume the storm probably formed in the late afternoon (typical of such storms), after they were well south of the area. Lucky, because their route home took them right through the area of the storm.
There are some things that grandmothers best hear about only after the fact.
The music in the video is “Empire” (Instrumental) by Shakira.
The sped-up video was actually filmed over the span of about an hour. Note the storm dissipates without spawning a tornado.