Supercell storms are certainly one of the most awesome, majestic natural phenomena which we have here on Earth. Usually developing over the Great Plains in the U.S. or the pampas of Argentina and southern Brazil, these powerful storms can unleash tornadoes, hail storms, flash floods and volleys of lightning.
Well, such special effects make for the perfect complement for one of the most mysterious sites here in the U.S. — the U.S. secret Area 51 military base, near Roswell, New Mexico, where it is widely believed, though strenuously rejected by the authorities, that a UFO crashed in 1947.
Fortunately for us, when a magnificent supercell storm appeared over Area 51, Jody Miller was on hand to capture everything that went on. Mr. Miller is an extreme weather who is known to take huge risks to photograph the raw power of nature. He said:
Everyone thinks that storm chasing is scary business. If you are in the company of a trained meteorologist, as I was, you are in good hands and I never felt any danger.
Although it looks as though we are right underneath the storms they are still miles away and we watch them pass by from “photogenic” vantage points.
Having said that, one should never try it alone and always rely on a good meteorologist to guide him or her near storms of this nature, as they are indeed violent and do wreak damage on the areas that they pass directly over.
Most of these storms pass over uninhabited areas but when they do hit towns and cities the results can be tragic — and often are.
They certainly are. But these images are majestic! (Scroll down for the video.)
1. An enormous supercell in the shape of a UFO looms over Roswell, New Mexico, close to the secret U.S. military site Area 51.
2. The humongous storm extends across the whole sky, which is cast a deep portentous grey by the extreme weather forming in it.
3. The rotating updraft of the supercell appears reach down to the earth. This, in some circumstances, is where tornadoes can form.
4. Jody Miller, from California, tracks down extreme weather conditions like these, risking life and limb to photograph them.
5. A small, lonely structure is dwarfed by the storm cloud as it rolls overhead in the New Mexico desert.
6. Forks of lightning crackle inside an enormous supercell looming over homes in Roswell, in these photos taken on June 7.
7. The sun sets behind turbulent storm clouds over the desert, with what appears to be a severe storm brewing in this supercell.
8. Supercells can occur anywhere in the world under the right conditions.
9. This road leading towards the heart of the storm looks like a route into oblivion.
10. Supercells are most common in the Great Plains of the U.S. and in the plains of Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil.
11. A surreal sight.
And here is a video of another similar storm:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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