Bluebonnets along Hwy 7, looking toward Marlin at the persistent updraft
View is from FM 712, 3 SSW Marlin, looking NNW. Updraft tower showing rotation.
Amazing horseshoe LP updraft. This and all further images viewed from 3 SSE Marlin on Hwy 6, looking NNE, eventually ENE.
Brazos Valley fields of gold, vaulted bell-shaped LP.
Downward vertical motion seen in and downstream from collar cloud as it wraps around the meso.
Extremely sheared updraft tower, funnel begins to develop.
Amazing structure, funnel extends a bit further toward the ground.
I think THIS might be a magazine cover! Unbelievable!
Uhhh, yeah. I'm running out of unique adjectives and descriptions. Just enjoy ...
Unconfirmed touchdown, but damn convincing given the perspective.
The same, seconds later. YOU'D call it a tornado, wouldn't you?!?
Barely-visible vortex ropes out, underturning continues in "mezzanine" layer.
Did I mention this thing had virtually no forward motion? Did I mention I'm running out of caption ideas?
My older brother suggested that I create a wx calendar based upon this single storm. Interesting idea.
Oops! I forgot to call attention to this earlier - there's a small rainbow segment just ahead of the updraft nose. Also, cigar-shaped, detached tail cloud begins to develop to the NE under weak precip shield.
Full display of amazing shear / horizontal vorticity in tilting updraft, along with mid-level funnel in the vault. Although updraft organization weakens, westward inflow band intensifies!
Incredible example of "breaking wave" motion over the vault, strong downward motion associated with quasi-horizontal vortex tube.
Complex splitting, wrapping and wave-breaking as the westward inflow band forks.
The sun sets, the updraft wanes, and the anvil went "thataway!"
Ultimate, peaceful, yet hallowed dissipation of the Grand Process known forevermore as a sky sculpture.