Storm Cloud Over Essex, U.K.

February 15, 2014


Photographer: Kiran Chakravarti 
Summary Authors: Kiran Chakravarti; Jim Foster

This winter has been one of the wettest winters in England that I can remember. While people in much of the U.S. have struggled with snow and bitterly cold temperatures, folks in England have had to deal with soaking rainstorms and flooding during most of January. The attention-getting cumulonimbus cloud (perhaps cumulonimbus capillatus incus) shown above was photographed on the afternoon of January 18, 2014, near Manuden, Essex. The fibrous appearance at the top of the storm is likely due to glaciation. Though severe weather was reported nearby earlier in the day, this storm didn't generate the violent weather it looked capable of -- at least not as this location. This HDR photo is a combination of three separate exposures.