Summer “Pop Up” Storms 8/10/15

8/10/15 – This was a warm and humid day, and there was some instability around. That usually leads to what’s commonly called “pop up” or “popcorn” convection. These types of pulse showers and storms can be isolated, scattered, or numerous, depending on the given conditions at the time. These were of the isolated variety. A few showers and storms had developed off to the north and northeast, and they produced outflow boundaries which touched off a few more storms as the afternoon and evening progressed. These were quite photogenic, and I ventured out on my bicycle to have a look around. I snapped lots of photos, but picked the best ones, or the most interesting ones for this article. I saw several cumulus and cumulonimbus towers, and was also treated to a beautiful sunset. In one of the sunset photo, you can see a cluster of sunspots on the lower right of the solar disk. I encountered a small Rabbit on the way to the fields, it wasn’t scared of me, so I got close and snapped a pic.

One storm in particular became a bit stronger than the rest as it rode a boundary south-southeastward through Montcalm County. This storm may have had a little bit of rotation with it, wasn’t quite sure. It looked somewhat menacing over the fields after sunset, which prompted me to get to shelter to keep from getting soaked by rain or struck by lightning. Ran out of daylight, and had to go home. It was a fun evening! Below is a collection of photos from the day, in order of how the events unfolded. Enjoy!

Chuck Russell

I shoot photos and videos of various different types of events related to weather, nature, motorsports, breaking news, and more and share what I capture with the world at

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