On 9/11/2015 storms rolled in from the north into Huntsville. I was able to capture the shelf cloud coming over Chapman Mountain! I also captured what the untrained eye may have thought was a tornado. Interestingly enough, WHNT’s meteorologist discussed clouds like this and asked if a new cloud type needed to be named. We’ll leave that decision to the professionals.
Does this cloud need a new type of name? We’ll leave that debate to the professionals, but several people confused this for a tornado, but it has zero rotation.
Shelf cloud beginning to pop up over Chapman Mountain.
Panorama of the shelf cloud coming over Chapman Mountain.
Shelf Cloud coming over Chapman Mountain and over US-72.
Inside the Whale’s Mouth. Looking south over US-72.
On 7/14/15 a decent line of storms came in from TN. I head up to Fayetteville, TN initially to catch the line early because I was worried it would lose strength at is entered Alabama (it did). In Huntsville, we got one helluva lightning show, though.
Fayetteville, TN and parts east toward Huntland, TN:
View looking north on US-64 near SR-50 intersection.
Inside the Whale’s Mouth!
View looking north from US-64 just west of Huntland, TN. This picture was used on The Weather Channel about 40 minutes after I took it!
Massive shelf cloud.
Back inside the Whale’s Mouth.
Huntsville, AL: I could post hundreds of lightning pictures from the Huntsville area. Instead, I’ll post one picture of damage and then a lightning compilation video.
On 7/1 a rather decent storm (for Alabama standards, that is) came into the area. Unfortunately, I couldn’t chase because I was working. But I put the GoPro out on the patio, hit record, and came back an hour later hoping I got at least something. It wasn’t much, but dammit, it was something!
On 6/17 storms moved into central north Alabama near Meridianville and New Market. I chased these cells for quite a few hours and finally had to call it quits after ending up on a dead-end road that GPS didn’t show as a dead-end road.
I started in Meridianville looking west as the storms approached: