The same stormcloud, just a little later on in my drive. Boy, this thing is blossoming out beautifully. Just look at the flow of those clouds. This one would prove to be a harbinger of things to come this evening, though not as severe or prolonged as the previous storm. It still gave us cause for pause, though.
And here she comes! Now, this isn't the same cloud that we saw just now, but another cloud in the whole system of buttkickers. One of the guys here said he saw a funnel touch down, but I never saw one and the National Weather Service didn't, either. Sure looks like the kind of cloud you'd expect one in, though, especially that area just above and to the right of the trees.
These are called mammatus clouds and are always associated with very severe storms, possibly tornadic in nature. (Did you ever see the movie Twister?) Right after this shot, the blow started and we began to get pelted with rain, but it didn't last long. The last time a storm like this hit the area, 40 power poles were knocked down by a tornado somewhere between the Black Gap Wildllife Management Area -- right next door -- and Marathon, some 40 miles away. Not so this time, thank goodness. Whew! Once is enough, thank you very much.