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Asperatus and storm clouds

The other day, someone made a comment about a photo I had posted on Google+. It was of a cloud formation that I had seen in North Dakota or Montana. They informed me that the photo was of the newly named Asperatus variety. She sent me a link to a Youtube video and a website that is all about cloud appreciation. I was surprised that the clouds were something new because I saw them all across the country when I was following storms. I soon recognized that when I saw them, some very foul weather was to follow. I noticed them during my last journey across the northern part of the country and I discovered I could spot a storm coming before the National Weather Service.

These photos are of cloud formations from Arizona to Lake Michigan to Yellowstone National Park and everywhere in between.

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Photos from Central Illinois

These photos were taken over the course of two days in Central Illinois. The first day I was attempting to get to Joplin, MO but I got a late start. Since there were many severe storms in both Illinois and Missouri I did not want to drive after dark. I have already experienced tornadoes at night and they are not very photogenic. When I got close to Illiopolis I had my GPS find somewhere to eat. The first place that came up was Uncle Monkey’s Bar & Grill. I admit, when I pulled up I fully expected that I would be going in strictly to ask for a real restaurant. It turns out that this place has great, homemade Chinese food. If I am ever in that part of Illinois again I will definitely go back for seconds.

Additionally, when the bartender/waitress (sorry, I forgot her name. Jen sticks in my mind though) found out I was going to Joplin, she asked if I could drop off some blankets and other goods she had collected for the tornado victims. In case she is reading this, they were delivered.

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Photos from Springfield, IL

After crossing the Mississippi, we were in Illinois and within range of Tanya’s home, which I planned on using as a base of operation for the next week or so. We stopped at the Shake & Shake for a quick meal, then headed on to Indiana since it was now to dark to do much in the way of photography. These photos were taken in the Springfield, IL area.

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