Nebulous Noteables: Rock River, Iowa (Part 1)

We were back up at our cabin for the past three days and returned yesterday. On the way down we kept a close watch on a row of serious thunderstorms moving through northern Iowa, directly across our intended path. When we reached a critical point in our choice of routes, we opted for the safer one that would take us safely around its path, though it would add 30 miles or so to our journey. Not only did this serve to enable us to avoid the heavy rain, frequent and formidable lightning, and half-dollar-sized hail south of us, but it also gave us an excellent view of this enormous—and glorious—storm cloud from behind after it had passed through our new path about a quarter of an hour ahead of us, moving rapidly to the northeast, a few miles north of Rock River, Iowa.  The final approval of our choice was gently reinforced by the brief appearance of one end of a lovely rainbow.Rock River Rainbow 9636

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18 Responses to Nebulous Noteables: Rock River, Iowa (Part 1)

  1. Vicki says:

    Wow. That storm cloud looks unreal Gary.
    What a great capture (and good to hear you avoided the storm mass too).

  2. Ogee says:

    Amazing. Love the rainbow too!

  3. As an avid storm watcher, I absolutely love this photo. I can almost hear the thunder :).

    • krikitarts says:

      I’ve loved watching storm clouds develop for as long as I can remember, and this one was a beauty. When the rainbow appeared, I sped up a bit and asked for Frances’s help with a suitable foreground to complement the spectacle above the horizon, and she came through with this corn field within about five minutes. As it turned out, though we saw a number of distant flashes from lightning, we stayed far enough away from the cell that we weren’t able to hear any thunder from inside the moving car.

  4. Mike Powell says:

    Incredible looking clouds and the rainbow is like icing on the cake. Nice to hear you avoided the bad weather.

    • krikitarts says:

      The rainbow was indeed a very fortuitous addition. Only its ends were visible, and only as the sun peeked through another band of cloud just above the western horizon. It was pure chance (or was it?) that the distant grain elevator just happened to be juxtaposed with the rainbow’s lower end–do you suppose there was anyone else who wondered about a pot of gold?

  5. Ah yes, weather in northern Iowa, the scene of one of the scariest downpours I ever drove through. At least you managed to get a photograph from your experience, and a rainbow.

    • krikitarts says:

      We drive through northern Iowa every time we go to our cabin and return. We’ve made seven trips so far this year and will make two or three more. Sooner or later one meets the serious weather. We’ve experienced several examples, but my scariest was driving from Duluth to Hibbing, MN on July 7, 1987. It was a part of the same storm that caused straight-line winds and pick-up-stick forest damage in the Boundary Waters. I wrote about it here.

      • By the way, as soon as I saw Hibbing in your comment I thought about Bobby Zimmerman, the best songwriter Minnesota ever produced. I was thinking he might be the most popular singer as well, but I found out that Judy Garland and the Andrews Sisters were also from Minnesota

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