Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Nuclear summer: Amazing mushroom cloud east of Madison at sunset, billowing up into the light
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.