When you’re a pilot so often up in the air, stuff happening in the sky is no longer a surprise for you.
Just when Ecuador Airlines pilot and photographer Santiago Borja thought he’d seen it all however, he ended up witnessing – and photographing – one of the most amazing thunderstorms ever.
He captured this spectacular view from the cockpit of an airplane 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean south of Panama.
Although the picture looks perfectly made, Borja says it’s not that easy to deal with the storms.
“Storms are tricky because the lightning is so fast, there is no tripod and there is a lot of reflection from inside lights,” the pilot told The Washington Post.
“I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power, but at the same time it’s wonderful how peacefully you can fly around it in still air without touching it.”
Take a look at this amazing show by Mother Nature.
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Tidal River storm front by Daniel Robertson was the Winner of the ABC’s Wild Beauty of Weather Competition.
In late November a wet and thundery cold front sends beach-goers running for cover.
Photo by Daniel Robertson
Dark storm clouds gather and lightning pierces the sky.
Weather at its wildest is spectacular.
Congratulations to the winners and finalists in our photo competition as judged by Graham Creed, the ABC’s weatherman.
Here comes the rain
This stunning cane farm landscape from Gordonvale, in North Queensland, Australia captures an approaching storm.
Image Credit: Photo by ABC Open contributor MediaWatcher
Although rare, full cloud inversions are something we know well here, covering the same phenomena over the last few years both here and here.
This particular timelapse image by filmmaker Harun Mehmedinovic captures how beautifully the descending clouds imitate waves when trapped within the Grand Canyon, undulating against the uppermost edges of the natural wonder’s deep valley.
Source: Photography | Colossal
The pioneering Australian weatherman Clement Wragge began assigning names to tropical cyclones in the late 19th century, initially using the letters of the Greek alphabet and characters from Greek and Roman mythology.
An eccentric and playful fellow, he later turned to the names of local politicians he particularly disliked; as a result, he was able to state in public forecasts that the officials were “causing great distress” or “wandering aimlessly about the Pacific.”
Needless to say, Wragge’s subtly hostile approach didn’t take the meteorology profession by storm.
During World War II, U.S. Air Force and Navy meteorologists plotting storms over the Pacific needed a better way to denote hurricanes while analyzing weather maps.
Many began paying tribute to their wives and girlfriends back home by naming tropical cyclones after them.
In 1945 the newly formed National Weather Bureau—later the National Weather Service—introduced a system based on the military phonetic alphabet, but by 1953 the options had been exhausted.
The next year, the bureau embraced forecasters’ informal practice of giving hurricanes women’s names.
Because America led the world in weather tracking technology at the time, many other countries adopted the new nomenclature.