Roger's SkyPix

The Majestic Supercell

Pastels of the Oklahoma Panhandle

Pastels of the Oklahoma Panhandle

This supercell's long-lasting cavalcade of color reached its visual zenith about half an hour before sunset, as the late afternoon rays passed around and through its deep plume of rain and hail. A palette of pastels blended and merged amongst the dynamic airflows of the storm, churning together a multiflavored sorbet for the appreciative eyes. To add still more texture to this visual richness of hue and cloud structure, a smoke plume wafted into the updraft from a lightning-ignited fire at distant right. Such plumes make wonderful tracers for storm observers, providing a rare look at the normally transparent parcel trajectory of an updraft beneath cloud base. Despite the heavy-precipitation structure of this storm, it later would produce a rain-wrapped tornado near Guymon that we would see briefly and in poor light.

5 ESE Eva OK (31 May 7) Looking N