The Majestic Supercell
Stack of Plates
This skeletal supercell erupted on the high plateau of northeastern New Mexico, between Abbott and Mills, then twisted its way conveniently south-southeastward beside the only paved road in the region. For those few observers fortunate enough to witness its evolution, it will be remembered for a lifetime, despite never having a reasonable chance of producing a tornado. Beauty was in the eyes of every beholder, simultaneously awed and humbled by something so grand, powerful and picturesque. Layered, laminar supercells such as this have earned the nickname "Stack of Plates" among many storm watchers, and it's not difficult to see why. These are but two samples of this storm's wondrous form, the photograph at bottom being about 20 minutes earlier.
12 ESE Mosquero NM (3 Jun 3) Looking WNW