Ryan Wunsch Photography
"They're Here" - A Giant Supercell storms over the mountains in Montana
This was my first storm chase of 2016 since my trip to Tornado Alley in May with Kyle.
Kyle and I had been watching this weather set up for quite a few days and decided to make the drive to Montana on June 10, 2016 to watch storms. My mother accepted the invite to join us.
We followed the first storm of the day for quite a while, at times it had a low ragged wall cloud that engulfed the mountains in the area including square butte. I’ve seen many pictures of that from other chasers who were out this day, the set up brought a lot of people from all across the U.S. We saw that the storm was going to take us into no-man’s land and dead end our chase at a river, so we stopped to come up with a plan.
I noticed when the smaller storms hit the Stanford area, they blew up, so we went back to sit and watch for another storm to do something cool. Then this happened!! We watched it grow from a small storm into this beast over the mountains, heading straight for us. I wish I’d have time-lapsed the growling monster as it traveled over the mountains (which look very small, but are under the storm if you look good closely – square butte is the most noticeable). Kyle ran back to where I was set up with a giant smile on his face and said “What is even happening!!!”
My mother was still in the storm truck (I suspect a bit of car sickness from sitting in the back the whole day in the winding mountain roads) so I asked “can you see this from in the truck?” – she got out, and was as amazed at what we were looking at as we were.
Shortly after this shot the storm engulfed the capabilities of my wide angle lens and we blasted north to avoid the hail that we knew was inside of that thing.