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|Themes - Geography:
Scenery & Wildlife
Mountains: Cadair Idris, Tarrenau, Arans, Plynlimon
|Themes - Weather:||Storms - stormclouds, floods & damage||Winter: snow, ice and frost||Light: Rainbows, sundogs, noctilucent clouds, sunsets|
Stormchasing, as is is rather inaccurately termed, is the art of targeting and intercepting thunderstorms for photographic
purposes. It involves forecasting skills, real-time observations, an intimate knowledge of the road-network, lots of patience
and a great deal of committment! These images show storms in all stages of their lifecycle: convective updraughts boiling
up, funnel clouds, mature storms with attendant torrential downpours, the low, evil looking gust-fronts that form as a storm
breaks and the strange, pendulous mammatus that forms on the underside of a mature storm's anvil as cold air sinks down.
These are my favourites from Mid-Wales over the past few years, some representing real "wow!" moments.
Flooding and damage
Storm-damage is rarely photogenic but the aftermath of the 2006 Bow Street Tornado, which I investigated for TORRO, provided
a few exceptions to this rule (top row). The row also includes a freakish example of severe lightning-damage. Flooding can be more
photogenic with results occasionally verging on the abstract (bottom row), though some of the best vantage-points can be hard to reach!
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