“Big Weather”

May 17, 2015

BW photograph of an incoming storm in the mountains

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The United States’ 2015 tornado season is upon us as evidenced by the storms that hammered Texas and Arkansas last week-we have also already had the first Tropical Storm of 2015, Ana, make landfall.  Yesterday (May 16, 2015) was another day of tornado activity in the mid-west of the U.S.  On a related note, the 2015 hurricane season for the United States begins June 1 and runs through November 30, 2015.  In other parts of the world, hurricanes are referred to as “typhoons” and yesterday Typhoon Dolphin raked Guam.

The photograph above would not even really qualify as “small weather” because as dramatic as it might look, very, very few droplets of rain actually fell.  The conditions certainly looked as if it were going to be much more and then the clouds dissipated.

By way of reference, the term “big weather” comes from a book of the same name:  Big Weather: Chasing Tornadoes in the Heart of America, which I read a few years ago and recommend.  The author, Mark Svenvold, provides a history of storm chasing and how The Weather Channel came to be such a fixture of American culture.

Take care.




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