Cumululus clouds emerged against a blue backdrop over the Pryor Mountains. About an hour later, the developing storm sprouted a sinewy rope tornado that briefly touched down near Cowley, Wyoming.
White grain elevators contrast brightly against a dark sky
Burlington Northern taking on the storm
Spring cottonwood stand along Yellowstone River
Phone lines and gravel converge toward a dramatic sky
Fence post along Brohaugh Road
Sun rays and a clearing sky chase the storm away
Rainbow pano on Brohaugh Road
Is the pot of gold hidden behind a fence post?
Cropped color bands viewed from afar through a telephoto lens
The storm has passed, and all is peaceful and green once again
Last weekend brought the first severe thunderstorm of the season to the Billings area. Although no tornadoes were spotted, the rotating cell dropped 60-mph winds and golf ball hail that destroyed shingles, windows, and siding all over town. We were returning from a weekend trip in Wyoming and avoided damage to our car by taking an alternate route, pretending to be storm chasers along a country back road south of the town of Laurel. In the aftermath of the storm, we were treated to a remarkable double rainbow spanning the horizon.