Monday, September 9, 2013

Thunderstorm Artz

I saw storm clouds gathering and thought what a great opportunity to sit on the porch and let an idea for this week’s art focus wrap itself around my creative clouds and there it was; a thunderstorm, in all its rumbling and swirling shades of grey.

How is a thunderstorm created?  It is a recipe consisting of unstable air, moisture and lift. The unstable air should be warm so that it can rise rapidly. You need moisture to form clouds. You need a front, or a breeze off the ocean or a mountain that can provide the lift.

Thunderstorms are most likely to happen in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours. An estimated 1,800 thunderstorms occur every day around the world.

The sound, that we call thunder is actually a noise made by air collapsing.  As lighting travels it creates a channel that pushes the air aside. That air returning at a rapid rate and slamming into more air creates the sound wave that we hear.

Thunderstorms happen in every state and every thunderstorm has lightening.

The colors, textures and emotion of a thunderstorm are many. You can have sun showers, rain showers and clear skies all taking place at the same time in the same viewable area of sky.

This week we present Thunderstorm Artz.

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