Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Nuclear summer: Amazing mushroom cloud east of Madison at sunset, billowing up into the light

Mushroom Cloud East of Madison
The incredible heat we're having right now is having some pretty dramatic meteorological effects.

When I saw this cloud rising above the Madison skyline, I had to pull into the Edgewood College parking lot to get a clear field of view for my iPhone. It was as if a hydrogen bomb had gone off in the distance -- and, energywise, it had. To give you some idea of the scale of this thunderhead, it was about 20 miles east of the city when the photo was taken. There's a lot of energy packed into the intensely hot, humid weather we've been having. A typical thunderstorm has about the same amount of energy as a small H-bomb. It just doesn't release it all at once.

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