Spring Storm Turns Day Into Night

November 02, 2014


Photographer: Mario Freitas
Summary Author: Mario Freitas

On the 30th of September 2014 we had a fantastic spring storm here in Curitiba, Brazil, particularly in the residential area known as Champagnat. As shown above, darkness engulfed the city. The cityscape's dark metallic glow resembled a scene in a science fiction film. This photo exhibits no digital enhancement whatsoever, and the frame corresponds almost exactly to the field of view I observed. The Sun was elevated 7 degrees above the western horizon just a few minutes before I snapped this photo, so our pupils were constricted by full daylight. However, the weather rapidly deteriorated; day turned to night and severe winds blasted through the streets of Curitiba, following a sudden increase in the surface air temperature and we were then pummeled by hail. Due to Curitiba's geographic setting on a high plateau (2,953 ft or 900 m) near the Serra do Marunstable air can, on occasion, trigger severe weather in spring.
Photo Details: Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ70; Focal Length: 3.6mm (35mm equivalent: 20mm); Aperture: f/2.8; Exposure Time: 0.025 s (1/40); ISO equiv: 400; Software: ACDSee Quick View.