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"QUANTUM SHOT" #8
Link - article by Avi Abrams




Epic pictures of extreme weather instability

We'll start with a pretty well-known shot of a wicked storm front, approaching over the sea. Apparently, this is a tropical cyclone "Graham" forming over the Pacific Ocean (off the northeast coast of Australia):


(image credit: Steve Todd)


Sandstorms in Iraq are quite a common occurrence; though not everyone knows that the similar storms also frequently happen in Arizona. They are called Haboobs and are quite an awesome sight to observe (from a good distance):




(images via)


This photograph taken Arizona shows the sandstorm blowing over the mountain range - you can see how small the mountains appear compared to that humongous wave of sand:



Read more info about sand- and dust- storms (with many mind-boggling pictures) in our DRB article Dust Storms.


Certainly less threatening than a wall of sand, but almost as fascinating is "an ocean of fog". Here is an interesting phenomena of thick morning fog blanketing skyscrapers of Dubai:




(images credit: Harry Lambert)



"Extreme Instability" hovers over plain old prairie landscape

The following mind-boggling pictures are courtesy North-American tornado-chasers site Extreme Instabillity. Check out their incredible photo galleries:


(images credit: Mike Hollingshead, Extreme Instability)


These guys update the site every storm season with new epic photos. Another mesmerizing site that documents the evolution of storms is work of Ryan McGinnis - the images below are from a single day of storm-chasing (more info):







(photos courtesy Ryan McGinnis and Mike Hollingshead, Extreme instability)


Here is a pretty cool effect: these light beams appear to be rising from the ground, when in reality they are shining down, of course:




Rare, streamlined stratospheric clouds

A spectacular cloud appears in Antarctica, formed by extreme weather conditions: a "polar stratospheric cloud", streamlined by fierce stratospheric winds of more than 230 kilometers per hour:


(image credit: Sydney Morning Herald)


And now... after all this spectacular turmoil and unrest, here is a picture of perfect peace and tranquility to rest your eyes (photo by Paul Kopeikin):


(photo courtesy Paul Kopeikin)

Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.


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9 Comments:

Anonymous David G. said...

Thank you. Makes one feel quite small. Awesome!

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Anonymous Andrew Tingle said...

Awesome pictures. I've seen some before but others are new to me - it's certainly a great collection.

The last picture is particularly striking in its simple beauty. Brilliant.

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Anonymous Romuald said...

Hey these are Mamatus Clouds !

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Anonymous Darin said...

that's was amazing, who can beat the mother of nature?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the first photo:
the Pacific Ocean is off the EAST coast of Australia. The Indian Ocean is off the WEST coast.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sight!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The photos at ExtremeInstability are made by just one guy and that guy is Mike Hollingshead. McGinnis has another site.

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Thank you, credits adjusted

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, awesome!

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