21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
"Mothership" mesocyclone storm cloud

This was the most dramatic moment of a storm-chasing expedition in western Texas, a gigantic mesocyclone about 3 miles wide and 10 miles high that had formed as the sun was setting.

Photo Detail
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Lubbock, Texas, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T6i
Copyright: © Rich Isaacman