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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.