Insane thunderstorm over Nuenen

So at the facility we’re working at today, I asked this crazy, funny, Dutch guy around noon, “So what, no rain today? Looks pretty nice out!” He responds, “Oh no, bad storm coming, will be here between 5-6pm.” Alright, we’ll see!

Photo above taken at 5:42pm.

Umm, wow, this was probably the coolest looking storm I’ve ever seen. Well, maybe I’m just excited, but as you can see from the photo, there was some serious nastiness headed right for me. The clouds were churning, I saw a small funnel up high in the clouds (probably just a “cold air funnel”, barely anything, but I saw it!), the lightning was all over and then once the storm hit, there was 70mph winds and debris from trees all over the place.

We went out to dinner later and there were some flattened cornfields, a few uprooted trees and broken branches littering the small town of Nuenen.

This shot is a “shakily” held merge of two 3-bracket HDR images. CS5 worked some magic for me here which I may talk about at a later date, but no time for it now.

Suffice to say…it’s hard to believe I was worried about missing the monsoon in Arizona when stuff like this was waiting for me.

I have some more nasty photos I may post later on…but this one took some time and I had to get it out there.

(More Holland photos here: Holland Trip)

  • http://www.jflphotography.com Jacob Lucas

    Crazy shot, Mike! How do you prevent your camera from getting wet? Or is it only raining where you aren’t? 😉

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  • Scotty Dub

    Wow! You’re getting much better stuff than we are here. Just wicked hot/humid.

    Enjoy Holland!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nu_husky_91/ John Tammaro

    I am expecting Dorothy to drop in at any moment.

  • Tony Novak

    Hi Mike,
    I’ve admired your work on Weather Underground…I was looking at your cool picture of the Neunen storm…If you look at the large version of your photo and zoom in on the small, dark cloud formation in the upper right…you’ll notice an image in the clouds that looks like the Grim Reaper. No, I haven’t been drinking and I’m not high on anything either. Check it out…or let me know where I can send an attachment to show you…By the way, thank you for sharing your incredible work!

  • http://heidiannemorris.redbubble.com/ Heidi Morris

    Mike, this is Kick ASS fantastic !! Lucky you :O) …. ps I want to see the Grim Reaper in the shot too :O)