Wild Weather in Kansas

This last week was filled with lots of unsettled weather. Lots of rain, some hail, tornado warnings with at least one or two touching ground. These are snapshots taken from my Garmin Dash cam.

shelf cloud is a low, horizontal, wedge-shaped arcus cloud. A shelf cloud is attached to the base of the parent cloud, which is usually a thunderstorm cumulonimbus, but could form on any type of convective clouds. Rising cloud motion can often be seen in the leading (outer) part of the shelf cloud, while the underside can often appear as turbulent and wind-torn. Cool, sinking air from a storm cloud‘s downdraft spreads out across the land surface, with the leading edge called a gust front. This outflow cuts under warm air being drawn into the storm’s updraft. As the lower and cooler air lifts the warm moist air, its water condenses, creating a cloud which often rolls with the different winds above and below (wind shear).

People seeing a shelf cloud may believe they have seen a wall cloud. This is likely to be a mistake, since an approaching shelf cloud appears to form a wall made of cloud. Shelf clouds usually appear on the leading edge of a storm, while wall clouds are usually at the rear of the storm.

Cope and Coffee

On my way to Kansas for work I sometimes take Highway 36 which leads you thru the town of Cope, Colorado. It has seen better days. Turns out that there’s another photographer on the Grainery.app. site that has stopped to take pictures here. So we’re in a friendly competition to put up more photos of Cope.

This roll of film ( Ilford HP5+) was developed using instant coffee, vitamin C and Washing soda – this is called Caffenol.