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Jack's Thunderstorm and Tornado Photos

Updated on November 30, 2016

Thunder and Lightning

March is the beginning of the severe weather season for tornado alley. When I volunteered with my local Search and Rescue years ago, we had storm training to be weather spotters. Four years ago, when we had our first spring thunderstorm it produced a tornado nearby.

I am a photographer and I took all of these pictures of the storm clouds. I will be adding more pictures whenever we get storms. This is my picture of green mammatus clouds in the sunset.

Picture of Our Storm Clouds

The low hanging gray thunder and lightning clouds.

Another Picture

The stormy sky.

The Storm Clouds

A little bit of light in the middle of the clouds.

A Wider View

The dark sky above the green field.

Closer View of the Sky

The different shades of light gray, dark gray, and blue.

Another Close View of the Storm Clouds

The dark sky above a tree.

Dark Clouds

The lighter sky above the opening in the dark fluffy clouds.

The Hail

There was a lot of hail with this thunderstorm.

A Different Storm

A wall cloud or shelf cloud (I don't remember which one it was) over a fence another night.

Double Rainbow - After the Storm

The beginning of the two brightly colored prisms against the dark clouds.

End of the Rainbow

The other end of the bright prisms.

Hail Picture

Some of the one inch hail stones in a paper bowl after the bad weather passed through.

Thunderstorm Clouds

My Tornado Experiences

I saw the damage and destruction that a tornado had caused for the first time in 1991. Then I saw a real tornado for the first time in 1998. It was a few miles West of where I lived and it moved from the South to the North.

Trees Damaged By A Tornado

Tornado Damage


This forms over the water and it can move to the land and become a tornado.

May 28 Tornado

Do you like to watch and photograph thunderstorms and tornadoes?

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      Well don't have much chance here in the UK to see them but have seen one or two small storms from a distance. Neat cloud/storm photos, I appreciate them as an artist, a chance to see different cloud formations is always welcome

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love storms, and we get some incredible ones here in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. I grew up near St. Louis and Chicago and remember tornadoes. Never thought I'd have to deal with that again but last year we had small tornadoes during a particularly powerful monsoon storm. Scary stuff.

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      I'm one of those people that in awe of storms and get quite freaked out by them! LOL

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens!! Love your pics!

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      It's is so interesting to see the various types of clouds that form for diffferent kinds of storms. I can appreciate your work.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      You have some fabulous and amazing photo's in your collection. As amazing as I think it would be chasing after tornado's and storms, I think I will settle for gazing out my window at the rain etc lol. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome pictures... thanks for sharing!

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      I love the cloud photos...absolutely beautiful!

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      I've always been fascinated by storms - thanks for sharing your great pictures!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Amazing photographs!

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      Glad you captured the green tinge in the sky. Where I grew up and in some places I've lived, a greenish hue in the light during stormy weather means a twister is likely. I've seen some but fortunately have not been where one touched down.

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      amazing photos

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Amazing just how green those clouds are in that last picture!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What fabulous photos and hair-raising videos!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      To tell the truth, I have a thunder and lightening phobia I guess you could afraid whenever there is lightening/thunder in the area and cower have to enjoy stormclouds through pictures:-) Wonderful collection here. My tiny dog barks at the storms as if to protect me from them.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Storms are very scary; the aftermath of damage and destruction is scary too. Thank you for sharing the photographs.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      These are amazing. That lightening looks like a horse

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      Sensitive Fern 7 years ago

      Lucky you to be able to get some pictures. I'm doing the storm spotter training this coming March. Lensrolled to my tornado photos lens.

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      Johann The Dog 7 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Wow! Amazing photos! Mum, Gracie, my kittie bros and I have had to get in a closet before because of tornadoes in the area. Mum thought we were all very well behaved for such a scary time, and all five us in a little closet :)

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      We live at the tip of tornado alley. We've had so many close calls I hate to think about it. Recently a twister set down 1/4 mile from my gallery and traveled six miles to a neighboring small town completely wiping ti out. Miraculously no one was killed but even just the word tornado gives me a chill.

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      loved twisters ever since I saw Wizard of Oz

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      Teddi14 LM 7 years ago

      I love storm pictures too. You have a nice collection of them. I am going to lensroll your lens to two of mine. Extreme Weather and Severe Storm Phobia. :-)

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great lens and it always helps to bring this subject up so readers are aware of global warming and the consequences. Featured this on Floods, Drought and Climate Change

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love your tornado storm pictures, sure learned a lot from your stie about storms. Thanks!

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      badudi 7 years ago

      I LOVE your virtual thunderstorm

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      ideadesigns 7 years ago

      We've been watching storm stories lately, very interesting cloud storm pictures.

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      ideadesigns 7 years ago

      We've been watching storm stories lately, very interesting cloud storm pictures.

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      Ashly Rain 7 years ago

      Love the "hail in a bowl" pictures!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      My aunt is a weather bug and she'll love all these cloud photos. Well done!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      My aunt is a weather bug and she'll love all these cloud photos. Well done!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Spectacular photos.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      Dropped back by to Squid Angel bless. Great pictures!

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      moonlitta 7 years ago

      I LOVE pictures of stormy sky! Remind of forces we cannot control...

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      jdwheeler 7 years ago

      Informative pictures and videos. I know tornadoes are extremely dangerous, but there's just something about them that attracts me.

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Severe weather happens here in the Pacific Northwest. God be with those in tornado prone areas.

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great pictures. I love to take pictures of storm clouds too. A small tornado passed my house in Indiana a few years ago and left a big pile of destruction. It took almost a week to get the power back.

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      termit_bronx 7 years ago

      Wow, great lens. I love the pictures, rainbow is pretty! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I haven't seen a tornado yet, seen whirling clouds that brought some big winds. Storms are very interesting to me, I especially like lightening and thunderstorms. The air is so clean during and afterwards.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm a "Weather" nut - follow it all the time. LOVE Thunderstorms and weather phenomena. Have had quite a few strange 'weather' experiences in my lifetime, living all over the U.S. Your photos are fantastic! Would love to read some of your 'personal' weather experiences regarding Tornados and Thunderstorms through your work as a SAR volunteer. ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Interesting collection of pictures. We have lots of clouds and rain but no thunderstorms or tornadoes. I still find weather fascinating. Thanks for sharing your photos. :)

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      hotbrain 7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Great pictures! I love the weather and always have! I had a weather science kit as a kid. Living in NY as a kid, every year we got big thunderstorms but never hail, but now in Western Washington, it's the exact opposite - hail is a seasonal occurrence, but thunder a rarity!

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      We lived in the midwest for a couple of years when I was a kid, and I developed a real admiration for weather, especially lightning and thunder. Since moving to CA, though, we don't get it very often. Terrific photos!

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 7 years ago

      Good information. Very nice read. Thank you for making me smile.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The sky attains a thunderous formation when there is lightening and these pictures have captivated the mood of clouds beautifully.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Amazing photos and lots of great information. Lensrolled to my Prepare for Disaster lens

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Really good photos. I don't live in a tornado area so have never seen one.

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      Great work in putting this lens together. Love to see the storms at this distance.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great pics, living in Kansas I see a lot of this up close and personal. Just last friday got caught in a rain storm coming from a job in Russell Kansas, turned ugly real fast.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yesterday we went through Armarillo Texas and was hit by sheets of blinding rain, hail and then to top it off we spotted a funnel cloud coming down just outside of town and there was no where for us to hide. The kids kept yelling "neat" , "look at that" but I had to hit the gas as there wasn't even enough time to "stop" and find a ditch. We then saw another votex of dust kikcing up to our left on hwy 40 just outside of Armarillo. I could not get out of Texas fast enough. Thanks be to G-d we were able to hit a window where I was able to ge a hotel for a few hours just inside Mo. border for a few hours and then hit the road in a window between storms and made it home fine~ we had noticed some big trucks pulling into a no facilities rest stop, I should have joined them. Next time I see that I will. They knew what was coimg!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      love the pictures they rock

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Samanthie]I agree with you and by the way I also study tornadoes and.thunderstorms

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      Jack 8 years ago

      Thanks for your comments, aj2008 and Samanthie.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent lens, love the photos and info you have here!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love it when people put their own photos on lenses. It makes them so much more original.