10 Amazing pictures of Storm Clouds and Supercells Structure

Supercells are often isolated from other thunderstorms, and often form violent hailstorms

THE INCREDIBLE STORM supercell  photos in Mike Hollingshead’s portfolio include tornadoes that seem to come down right in front of him, epic lightning and apocalyptic swirling clouds. 



Supercells are often isolated from other thunderstorms, and often form violent hailstorms as well as creating high winds and massive downpours. (Mike Hollingshead)


pictures of supercells, the rotating cloud formations which can form tornadoes
Supercell hunter
Hollingshead’s speciality is taking pictures of supercells, the rotating cloud formations which can form tornadoes, like this one in South Dakota. (Mike Hollingshead)


Nebraska. Supercells, Storm
A monster forms
This huge supercell was captured in Sand Hills, north-central Nebraska. Supercells form between March and November across America’s Great Plains. (Mike Hollingshead)


cloud formations Hollingshead takes pictures of are supercell storm
Ominous cloud
Not all cloud formations Hollingshead takes pictures of are supercells – this arcus, or shelf cloud, usually appears at the leading edge of an oncoming storm.(Mike Hollingshead)


supercell tornadoes during storm season
Tornado Alley – so called because of the likelihood of ground-reaching tornadoes during storm season – stretches from north Texas to the Canadian Prairies. (Mike Hollingshead)


Eye on the storm,  extreme weather supercell
Eye on the storm
Mike Hollingshead has been chasing extreme weather since 1999 and can travel up to 20,000 miles in a year in pursuit of the perfect storm. (Mike Hollingshead)


The best looking storm
The best looking storm
West Point Nebraska Supercell (Mike Hollingshead)


The supercell storm produced a tornado
Supercell storm moves near Alvo Nebraska June 13, 2004. The storm produced a tornado near Waverly and a couple more small tornadoes near Alvo. (Mike Hollingshead)


This is one of my favorite shots. supercell sunset storm,
This was a permanent look to the thing, a huge donut. This is one of my favorite shots. supercell sunset storm,  (Mike Hollingshead)


darker and darker out as the sun supercell storm
Now this lighting is about right. It was getting darker and darker out as the sun was likely just below the horizon now. Supercell storm (Mike Hollingshead)