Strange colour in the centre of the storm

blue cloud lanseria

Time and date: Nov 21 2013
Place: Lanseria airport
Submitted by: Jon-Vincent Robinson

A typical highveld thunder storm, so we thought. As it took shape it became almost saucer shaped. It got real low down on the ground and was surrounded by a light fog.

The wind was coming from behind us toward the storm and then the whole centre of this very odd shaped low lying cloud began to glow this peculiar aqua marine/blue hue. All was very quiet for a big storm such as this. The other odd thing was the enormous ammount of lightning and no rain.

As the storm moved around us, we began to notice that it was stationary over the runway and the hanger.
After much wind, low lying fog and this strange blue light which seemed to pulse slowley between bright and dark, the rain came. Then all was quiet again. Could some one please expalin what it is that my collegues and I saw.

It was amazing.

blue cloud lanseria

blue cloud lanseria

blue cloud lanseria

blue cloud lanseria

3 thoughts on “Strange colour in the centre of the storm

  1. Sheldon Strydom

    Typical shelf cloud structure

  2. I know a few websites about Weather warfare and weather modification and about HAARP. There are alot of information about HAARP and this sounds similar of overseas stories I have read and I saw a similar thing happening in Randburg/Sandton area 1 morning. I found this very interesting

  3. Tsephe Letseka

    What you and your colleagues saw is what’s called a shelf cloud. It develops at the leading edge (or front) of a thunderstorm. It’s caused when cold gusty air (called a gust front) descends down from the storm cloud, hits the ground and fans out laterally, causing warm moist air in front of the storm to rise up into the base, where it condenses just below it, forming the low lying saucer shaped cloud you and your observed. It works kind of a like a cold front, but on a much smaller scale. The strange blue light is nothing strange at all. It’s caused by light reflecting and refracting off the rain drops within the storm. Normally blue will indicate rain, while green usually but not always indicates hail. In essence, what you and your colleagues observed was indeed a typical Highveld thunderstorm.

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