The Majestic Supercell
The Sculpted Storm
Matt Crowther and Betsy Abrams have described this storm as an "upside down wedding cake;" others have likened its bizarre appearance to stacked frisbees or flying saucers. To me, it is simply the most beautiful supercell I have ever seen. Spectacular structure like this makes the photographer's work easy! Note the pastel pinks and oranges refracted thru the background precipitation curtains, then reflected of the undersides of the otherwise blue-gray laminar plates. Also note the 3 waves evident in the "neck" area between the bottom and middle plates. This storm began as an LP supercell shortly after 4 pm W of Tilden NE and remained quite chaseable and stunningly beautiful as it produced more precip -- moving slowly and parallel to good roads nearby -- for nearly 7 hours. Though it never produced a confirmed tornado, this chase was probably my most enjoyable to date.
2 W West Point NE (12 Jun 94) Looking NNW