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In spite of being sick last night, my son, Brian, dragged me outside to witness a rare event in Western Montana. We get occasional tornadoes on the eastern side of the state, but the many mountains in western montana block them from doing much damage here. We did have twin tornadoes on Flathead Lake a couple of years ago.

Last night we were hit with a torrential thunder shower, mixed with hailstones. Brian ran outside to take pictures and saw two different thunder cells, with a small break of sky between them. This one was the only one left by the time I came outside. I kept the apartments in this photo to give you an idea of the height of the clouds. Brian, who was a science teacher before he moved back here, explained the specifics of how these clouds form into tornadoes, but since they were heading into Glacier Park, they didn’t have the space needed to do any damage before being broken up by the mountains.

Photo taken August 10, 2011, in Columbia Falls, Montana (USA) with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. This photo is “as is”, straight from the camera.

Below is Brian’s closer view of this cloud while it was still forming. The change of color in my photo was caused by the reflected light from the sunset to the west.

Raging Storm Cell
by rocamiadesign


  • whisperjo
    whisperjoover 3 years ago

    What a great shot! The info is excellent.

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaover 3 years ago

    What a terrific and dramatic capture, Kathleen.Cat:)

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    NatureGreeting...over 3 years ago

    Stunning image, and the apartments sure gives a nice visual of the size of the cloud! Glad everyone was okay, and there were no tornadoes!! NICE SHOT!!

  • Thank you! I’m always worried about tornadoes and my kids are constantly assuring me that they can’t happen here, but I saw video of tornadoes in California a few months ago. At least we’re relatively safe, right next to the mountains.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 3 years ago

    This is really spectacular – it must have been awesome to see!

  • Thanks, Pat! It was more awesome to me, once the storm had passed. My oldest son was the only one willing to go out and take photos while the clouds were directly over our home.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Iris Mackenzie
    Iris Mackenzieover 3 years ago

    amazing! good thing they didn’t have the room to do damage!

  • Thanks, Iris! I keep telling myself that they can’t do damage, but when they’re right over us, it’s still frightening. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a place where you always have to be on the lookout for tornadoes. I used to ask my grandmother why the earthquakes in California didn’t seem to frighten her. She always answered that they were much better than tornadoes. She grew up in Kansas.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture hun.

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 3 years ago

    Awesome !!!!!

  • Michaela1991
    Michaela1991over 3 years ago

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 3 years ago

    nice mammatus cloud in there. huge and amazing!

  • Thank you! Thanks for the name too. I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to remember the term for these.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot – looks really ominous!

  • Thank you, Shulie!

    – rocamiadesign

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