Loche, the Smoke Monster

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© Matt Granz
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UploadedMay 29, 2014
TakenMay 25, 2014
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D7100
Exposure1/50 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length11 mm
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It took a lot to get to this storm. My team and I had to cut through two other storms, one so severe that we could not see in front of our vehicle, as the roadways beside us turned into rivers. This was what chasers call a "core punch" going through the heaviest part of a supercell downburst, which can at times be mingled with large hail. Lucky for us, the hail did not arrive, and after about 45 minutes of traveling through white knuckled, tension filled driving we were met by a mass of unstable air. We continued driving for some time chasing after a wall of rotation on our radar, and then suddenly, we saw something that looked like the sky meeting the ground. This slow moving beast was lit green at the start, and as time went on turned a teal color and finally at the end a royal blue. The blue in the cloud mass is being caused by large hail in the core being kept aloft by warm updrafts. The radar was saying that the hail was somewhere around 3" in diameter. We met someone the next day who was under the core of this shelf cloud. His window of the car he was driving was obliterated.The shelf cloud you see here had a rotation signature on it. Probably right where you see that dark bump near the front. We carefully monitored this storm, and scooted out of the way as it started to overtake us. It was a rich reward for a lot of chance taking and nerve wracking moments.

13 responses

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (29 May 2014):

    Whoa....gives me chills. Beyond words, Matt. Thanks for sharing your thrilling experience.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (29 May 2014):


  • Nathalie Duhaime

    Nathalie Duhaime (Deleted) said (29 May 2014):

    Amazing capture!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (29 May 2014):

    Jaw-dropping fabulous!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (29 May 2014):

    What an experience!! And, the drama builds in one image after another.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (29 May 2014):

    Excellent! Love that amazing blue at the centre! Kudos for the hard work!

  • rudi setiawan

    rudi setiawan said (30 May 2014):

    Good... Very good ... I always amaze with your photo...

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 May 2014):

    Blowin' the doors off JPG's Theme Park!

  • Eric Ianuzi

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  • Manuel J. Avina

    Manuel J. Avina gave props (12 Jun 2014):

    SPECTACULAR!!! wow!

  • Kathryn Meyer

    Kathryn Meyer gave props (22 Sep 2014):

    Fantastic color and form!

  • Andrea Silies

    Andrea Silies gave props (6 Mar 2015):

    Amazing shot!

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