Montana Super Cell

Photo by Antony Spencer (from Facebook)

This incredible super cell formed as soon as this thunderstorm crossed the Rocky mountains and moved over the Great Plains in Montana.
Seeing the difference the sudden updraft makes to rotation in a storm like this as soon as it reaches the warmer air is pretty incredible. To stand and observe a storm of this magnitude moving towards you at 50mph is a very humbling experience, the warm air being sucked into the storm is incredibly strong and makes photography a little challenging at times! You knew when the supercell was getting too close as you would suddenly find yourself in the outflow with the wind completely changing direction instantly. Every little while you had to pack up quick knowing that the hail core carrying golf-tennis ball size hailstones was just moments away!

After nightfall this storm went on to produce a tornado near the town of Great Falls.

Photo was taken on June 1, 2012 in Great Falls, Montana, US, using a Hasselblad H4D-50.

Image Credit : Antony Spencer

  3 comments for “Montana Super Cell

  1. July 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Wow! S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R photo. Thanks very much! Bob Wander, Minnesota, USA.

  2. July 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Bob…Thanks for your comment. I agree; the photo is awe-inspiring and mesmerizing. Here’s a link to an equally spectacular photo: .

  3. Big O
    July 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Montana is Americas “Last Best Place”. It has the most incredible weather, mountains, scenery, and wide open airspace. As nice as Texans are, maybe the next worlds in the US should be in Montana rather than Texas that offers flat, hot and humid?

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