Roger's SkyPix

The Wall Cloud Wall

Wall Cloud at Sunset

Wall Cloud at Sunset

No scan, no slide, no video can do justice to the brilliance of the scene that the sky gave us for a few minutes one late May afternoon outside Childress. A mesocyclone formed along the intersection of an outflow boundary with the leading edge of a short line of thunderstorms. Though the mesocyclone would be undercut fast by cold outflow, it peaked right at sunset. The result: Brilliant golden rain shafts wrapping around a wall cloud cast orange by the sun's setting rays, copper tones tinting the shadows, while pink scud raced overhead beneath the gray-blue patches of the inner storm clouds. No tornado? So what!

3 WNW Childress TX (2 May 1) Looking SW