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We just had extremely “SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS” move through my area in northeastern Kentucky. Most of my state is currently under either a “Severe Thunderstorm Watch” or a "Severe Thunderstorm Warning, which have been issued by The Storms Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma! Large hail (1.25 – 1.75 inch), damaging winds (some in excess of 60 mph), strong, vivid lighting, torrential rain, and possible tornadoes are associated with this very severe system.
I actually spotted 3 funnel clouds, and my thinking at the time was that “one of these is going to come down, touch down, and become a TORNADO!” Of the three I spotted, one of them did in fact start to descend kind of fast and it was swirling with the rotation involved with it. As this system was moving fast and changing into a much bigger system, all of a sudden the funnel cloud quit coming down.
I believe I took a total of 112 storm shots, and these were some of the best severe storm photos I have ever taken as the clouds were amazingly phenomenal!
I reported the latitude, longitude, minutes, zip code, my phone number, etc. to The National Weather Service as this very intense storm system was headed due east.
More severe storms are in store for my area here in Boyd County later this evening and into the night. Several tornadoes have been reported so far from this explosive storm., and damage reports will be forthcoming as they are reported to the NOAA/NWS/SPC.

Photo taken with my Canon EOS 40D camera.

Van’s XTreme Photography
Photographer – Artist – Stormchaser
“The Cloud Lady”
Van Coleman
Photographer resides in the beautiful foothills of northeastern Kentucky.
Winner of multiple awards, including a prestigious International award for her work, “Mammatus.”
Taking Photography to the XTreme!
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  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    nicely done

  • Hi Virginia!! Thank you so much dear for your very lovely comments!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 5 years ago

    WOW Great photo. Looks like it was a fun storm.

  • Andrew!! Thanks so much my friend for your fantastic comments!! It was not only a “fun storm,” but it was “one of the most photogenic storms I have seen in years!!” I am going to piece together the entire storm system later on and make a panorama of it as this shot is but a very small section of the actual storm system. Thanks again Andrew!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Neophytos
    Neophytosover 5 years ago

    Hi Van, perhaps the following verses of a poem might be appropriate ..
    A land of sweeping plains,
    of ragged mountain ranges,
    of droughts and flooding rains,
    I love her far horizons,I love her jewel sea
    Her beauty and her terror,
    the wide brown land for me !
    This is few verses from " My Country " by Dorothea Mckellar[1883-1968]
    talking about her beloved Country Australia.! Hope you like it !
    I will strongly recommend it can Google it . See you !

  • My wonderful friend Neophytos!! THANK YOU so very much dear for this BEAUTIFUL poem!! Like it? “I LOVE IT!!” I will definitely Google it, as I think it is most appropriate!! WOW, this is “JUST PERFECT!!” Thanks ever so much!! Hugs!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 5 years ago

    Amazing clouds…amazing captures of clouds! The scariest ones are always the most fascinating ones ( is it because they are pretty or because they are scary? hmmm…..) Fabulous! Stay safe!

  • Dear Karen, my beautiful and dear southern friend:)))
    Thanks ever so very much for your fabulous compliments on this storm image!!! You know how I LOVE THE STORMS, and I find the most intricate beauty in every single detail in the storms and their amazing cloud structures!!! I guess that’s WHY (lol) all my Met pals gave me the title several years ago as “The Cloud Lady!!” The storms are truly my passion; chasing them and capturing them on film and behind my lens is my sheer delight!! Thank you
    again for your compliments Karen!!! Hugs!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Gene Praag
    Gene Praagover 5 years ago

    Great capture of the storm coming in!

  • Hi Gene!! Thank you very much my dear friend for your
    awesome compliments on this storm!! A few of the photos I shot of this dynamic storm system will be on National TV, and I will let you all know WHEN that will be when I find out. Several of my Met friends have or are going to add some of the pictures I took to their Blogs, and it will be shown here locally in the next few days at 6:00 PM and again at 11:00 PM. Thank you again Gene!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

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