Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Thunderstorm v.s. Firestorm

Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 30, 2007, 1:20 PM. Thunderstorms forming over La Canada from Corralitas Drive. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

While shooting photos of the dramatic smoke from the La Canada/Station Fire, I was struck by the similarity to thunderheads that form over the same mountains every summer. A search through my archives turned up a photo, above, I shot almost 2 years ago to the day of the firestorm photo, below. The steep mountains and extreme heat from the fire creates similar weather conditions making the dramatic pyrocumulus clouds of smoke.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 29, 2009, 12:31 PM. Smoke from the La Canada/Station Fire from Corralitas Drive. (Click on photo to enlarge.)