My shutterbug friend Caren sent this photo, along with a description of the moment. She was vacationing at Washington Pond, Maine, where she spent two weeks kayaking, photographing loons and scenery, and generally loving life…
This cloud built up in about a half hour after we got back from a paddle. This shot is looking due west; the area on the far right is the rain line. As this huge thing passed overhead, I expected to get hard rain, at the very least. Instead, it kept a straight path, due east, and all we got was some confused winds, and a fabulous look up at the center of the cell. The rain line bisected the lake about a mile up, and they got DRENCHED. The turbulence in the middle was amazing, and for about 10 minutes the wind blew toward the cloud as the cell sucked up air from at least a couple of miles away. As the turbulence increased, so did the awe factor; it got darker and darker (though no green, which would indicate hail), and the area inside the outer ring more and more defined. About ten minutes after this was taken, the cell had passed and we were in bright sunshine with absolutely no wind at all.
No wonder she didn’t want to leave.
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