I have posted storm photos before, storm clouds and lightening photos to be exact
(here's one such thread if you find yourself with nothing else to do
With that, I always like to frequent the many cloud photo threads that get posted on ATS as there are quite a few intriguing cloud phenomena that
occur. I have seen quite a few spectacular cloud formations in these threads. Although most are easily explained, some are still spectacular to view
and nonetheless can sometimes be rather rare events.
On that note, we just had a seemingly typical summer storm roll in due to tropical moisture coming in from the SE here in central Florida (affecting
primarily Pinellas up through Hernando Counties) earlier this evening.
The local ABC Meteorologist (Denis Phillips
) has a personal Facebook page
and was showing photos that viewers were snapping and posting on his front page as the storm blew through. There were a few funnel clouds captured,
along with a number of other ominous looking storm cloud photos but none were necessarily out of the ordinary for a typical Florida summer
thunderstorm (I express that as a lifelong Florida Native and have seen my fair share of thunderstorms).
However, one photo that was posted was causing a bit of a stir not only on the page but as the broadcast ran and I must say, I have never seen
anything like this. I am very familiar with the area and know the exact spot it was taken. I saved the image directly from the Facebook post and
uploaded it to ATS. To the best of my knowledge this photo hasn't been altered (I am pretty sure the Power Ball jackpot for Wednesday is currently at
80 Mil lol).
The meteorologist wasn't even sure what was causing this effect exactly. He was adamant that it wasn't a funnel cloud however. I wanted to post it
here, one to share the amazing photo, two to perhaps get input from those familiar with the field of study to perhaps shed some light (no pun) on what
may be causing this effect. Here is the photo in question, the area of interest is middle left just above the signal light bar that goes across the
picture and below the street light...
My opinion, well I am not sure as I said but, what I see is a ring that would seemingly be a perfect circle if the angle were to have been dead on as
opposed to the angle the photo was taken at. To me, it does appear to have a vortexesque
appearance and I know tornado's start out horizontal,
but I am not too sure to be honest, the weatherman was pretty interested in the photo and what it was and seemed pretty sure at what it wasn't (funnel
edit on 7/10/2012 by UberL33t because: title edit to pose in form of a question.