Yesterday evening just before sunset it started to rain. Big fat raindrops fell for about five minutes while I was outside watering my garden. This is notable because Austin is in the midst of a drought.
Because of the rain and the sunset, the air was turning a strange pink color, so I though I’d go on a walk to shoot it. But when I came out of my front door I saw the biggest cloud. It’s size and shape were strange, but so was the way it was moving - slowly towards us and blooming, as though it may have been caused by a fire or, less-likely, an alien spaceship. I could see lightening in the cloud but I heard no thunder. There were no other clouds in the sky.
Turns out it was a cumulonimbus incus or an “anvil cloud” and it brought hail to some parts of Central Texas. Lucky for us, it didn’t spawn a tornado, as those kinds of clouds sometimes do.
04/26/11 8:09 PM
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