Montana Outdoors

May 29, 2008

Storm coming in

Filed under: Clouds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 6:34 pm

The forecast for the afternoon yesterday included a storm front coming in from the south and sure enough in the late afternoon the clouds began piling up. How I love to see those summer thunderstorms come rolling in!

Summer clouds

Summer clouds

Summer clouds

Summer clouds


  1. That first pic? AWESOME. I mean that.

    You’re really lucky. We don’t get very many thunderstorms up here – it’s one of the things I miss from the lower 48.


    Comment by wolf — May 29, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

  2. So beautiful. I like the storms too though in the spring, tornadoes are to be feared here.


    Comment by nouveaufauves — May 29, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

  3. Delicious!


    Comment by Bo — May 29, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

  4. Wolf,

    The first photo was easy: it was taken from my driveway. I didn’t realize that you don’t have many thunderstorms up there! Strange. The ones I really love are the ones that come up in the late afternoon in summer. These clouds did bring us some rain last night and again today.


    Comment by montucky — May 29, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

  5. nouveaufauves,

    I remember seeing the aftermath of a tornado when I was in N.C. We do have them here, but very seldom. I like to see the thunderstorms from up in the very high country. They are just awesome from there!


    Comment by montucky — May 29, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  6. That’s the way those clouds strike me too, Bo.


    Comment by montucky — May 29, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

  7. I loved the first also – and funny – I took photos Wed and yesterday of the thunderheads here (I’m a bit north of Montucky) – some are still in the camera…but I also enjoy seeing the pile up around the mountains.

    And a couple of squalls came through last night nothing violent at my house and enough rain for a drink but not a good soak…


    Comment by Ann from Montana — May 30, 2008 @ 5:17 am

  8. That was probably the same storm front that we had. Can’t help but grab the camera when they come in. We had a little rain here from this one but it looked like it was pretty heavy a few mile to the northwest of us, through the Little Thompson River area.


    Comment by montucky — May 30, 2008 @ 7:39 am

  9. Lovely cumulus clouds. The oncoming storm does not seem to do anything for the beauty of the mountains, however.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — May 30, 2008 @ 8:13 am

  10. Oh, just *gorgeous*! I love afternoon thunderstorms.


    Comment by Sara — May 30, 2008 @ 8:17 am

  11. Scienceguy,

    No, but the mountains do influence the storm patterns, each making its bid to receive more of the rain.


    Comment by montucky — May 30, 2008 @ 9:35 am

  12. Sara,

    Yes, they’re great to look at, feel and smell, and provide much needed rain. When I was a kid and an afternoon storm would come in on a hot day, my Dad and I would grab our fishing rods and head for the river: fish love to feed during those summer rains.


    Comment by montucky — May 30, 2008 @ 9:38 am

  13. breathtaking photos! especially that first and third one. this is from your drive way–you are truly blessed! what is that tree w/ the purple on it?


    Comment by silken — May 30, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  14. Yes, it’s a beautiful place to live! The tree is a lilac and there’s a story behind it. Before we moved in here, an old friend was taking care of the property and mowed the area around the house every week. That tree was just a few inches tall then and he thought it was a weed and mowed it too every week. Later we recognized that it might be a lilac and cultivated it a little. It turned out well!


    Comment by montucky — May 30, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

  15. it’s fun for us to go by our old house and see how tall the pecan tree is getting that we planted when we lived there. I’m glad your lilac survived (I didn’t even know they came from trees!) It sure it pretty!


    Comment by silken — May 31, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

  16. We’ve done that with houses we lived in too. It’s usually great to see the landscaping, but sometimes a little sad to see the house.

    Lilac is very common here and its a hardy plant. We have 5 trees and two more just starting. The sure are pretty when in bloom and smell terrific!


    Comment by montucky — May 31, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

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