Morning storm of weirdness

This morning we woke up to the sound of thunder. This is nothing particularly weird, so we went back to sleep. Shortly afterwards, Adam’s dad came downstairs and woke us up, saying we had to go outside to see the sky. He gave me his digital camera to take some snapshots of the sky with. It was like nothing any of the three of us had ever seen before. Here are the photos:


  • ginamoog

    September 20, 2004 at 8:15 am

    woah, that is just freaking amazing.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 20, 2004 at 10:20 am

      It’s definitely something else. We were all just awed by it.

  • paullie

    September 20, 2004 at 8:29 am

    spectacular, thanks for sharing!

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 20, 2004 at 10:21 am

      😀 Thanks for looking. It was just too cool to not share.

  • jenny

    September 20, 2004 at 8:30 am

    ::cue the Ghostbusters theme song::

    Whoa, that’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen! I wouldn’t have believed it if you had just tried to describe it…

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 20, 2004 at 10:22 am

      I don’t think I could describe it if I tried, in words. It just wouldn’t work.

  • tweet

    September 20, 2004 at 8:36 am

    Just lovely. Thanks!

  • trundler

    September 20, 2004 at 8:52 am

    Wow… never seen anything like that… that’s a freak of nature.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 20, 2004 at 10:23 am

      Yeah, I know eh? I definitely want to find out what caused it. I figure it must be related to the storms down south causing havoc in the entire hemisphere or something, but I don’t know how, or what it is exactly. I must know.

  • maggi1234

    September 20, 2004 at 8:56 am


  • helene23

    September 20, 2004 at 9:16 am

    Aliens are coming!!! Run for your lives!!!

    Those pics are fantastic…

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 20, 2004 at 10:23 am

      Thank you 🙂

      It kind of does look like the clouds are being sucked up by some alien spaceship’s engine above them, eh? 😀

      • helene23

        September 20, 2004 at 10:36 am

        Yes, and you can see 4 lights through the clouds… YIKES!!

    • rainer3

      September 20, 2004 at 11:47 am

      Yep. I’m with you on this one. Aliens.

  • msfancypants

    September 20, 2004 at 9:18 am

    Those are some scary pictures! If you were on the Gulf Coast, I’d be scared for you.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 20, 2004 at 10:24 am

      I thought the same thing as I stood outside on the highway taking pictures of them…

  • xoobee

    September 20, 2004 at 9:41 am

    That’s the freakin’ scariest looking sky I’ve ever seen.
    I thought our week at the cottage last year was bad, the first 3 days the sky was green. 😛 I didn’t get pics tho.
    I’m amazed you didn’t get a tornado or something.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 20, 2004 at 10:24 am

      So am I, really. It seriously looked like upside-down tornadoes. Freaky.

  • cyn

    September 20, 2004 at 10:09 am

    wow. eerie and astonishing

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 20, 2004 at 10:25 am

      I know… it was incredible to see.

  • tjousk

    September 20, 2004 at 10:32 am


  • z3bulin

    September 20, 2004 at 11:51 am

    Now that is freakin’ eerie. Thank you for sharing!

  • jcaswell

    September 20, 2004 at 11:58 am

    Wow. Just…wow.

  • watership

    September 20, 2004 at 4:59 pm

    That’s one of those days when you’re just glad you were alive and looking up to see something so beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing 😉

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 21, 2004 at 8:27 am

      Yeah… it was something amazing and lovely.

  • spadoink

    September 20, 2004 at 11:26 pm

    hey them’s damned cool. let us know if they tell you, i’m totally curious.

    and you’ll be here soon!!!

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 21, 2004 at 8:26 am

      I can’t believe how soon I’ll be there. Everything’s started moving so very quickly…

      • spadoink

        September 22, 2004 at 7:27 am

        hey i just sent you an email to the rocket.
        lemmee know if you don’t get it or if it’s not a current email anymore.

  • scottobear

    September 21, 2004 at 11:06 am

    wow… That’s spectacular!

  • daruba

    September 21, 2004 at 12:55 pm

    hand of god coming to touch ground?

    that is freaky…

    sned it for sure.

  • diamondkelt

    September 21, 2004 at 6:47 pm

    That’s nutty…here in Ohio if we saw those skies we’d be looking for a tornado to come down from that or running to our basements. I’d say you’re very lucky nothing came out of those. Do you know what caused it? Possible reminents from hurricane Ivan?

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 23, 2004 at 7:28 am

      I’m thinking it must have been something like that. Never seen a tornado around here, though, they tell me. The thought crossed my mind while I was taking the photos, however.

  • luxography

    September 21, 2004 at 9:13 pm

    Wow, great capture of those clouds! Be sure to tell us what info you find out them. I asked some weather geek friends, and they seemed to think it was a variant of either stratocumulus clouds or mammatus clouds… but neither really fit what you see in your photos perfectly. Perhaps you’ve documented a completely new type of cloud formation, and you’ll get to name it. 😉

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 23, 2004 at 7:30 am

      And I shall name thee… ummm… FNEUCLOUDS! Or something. Heh.

      I haven’t got any info back yet, but hopefully soon. The Mammatus clouds don’t seem to be quite right, neither do the stratocumulus ones… I have been pointed at some very similar clouds to mine, but they didn’t have a name attached either so I’m no further ahead that way.

  • avaenuha

    September 21, 2004 at 10:45 pm

    Wow. That’s amazing. They almost look like old computer-graphics, or maybe ice scultpures. Nice work with the camera!

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    September 23, 2004 at 7:27 am

    Hey there,

    Don’t worry about me thinking you’re a stalker, lots of people I’ve never seen before have been commenting here lately, so I’m not too worried about it.

    I’m Laurie’s sister, btw. 🙂

    I’ve seen the Mammatus cloud pictures, they seem similar, but not quite the same. The Mammatus ones seem to be downward indentations, if that makes sense, and the ones I saw looked like they were flat clouds being sucked upwards somehow. I’m still trying to find out what caused them though. Thanks for the link.

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    September 23, 2004 at 1:03 pm

    Heh… No, I’m the other sister. I’m not the one who had the wedding 😀

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    September 23, 2004 at 8:54 pm


    This amuses me greatly, mostly due to my most recent lj post.

  • shardoftruth

    September 26, 2004 at 7:36 pm

    You should submit them to and see if they can explain it. Hell maybe they would even pay for it. I would be interested in knowing what caused that. Its wild.