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Finishing Touches496 viewsGeorge Thomas applies the finishing touches
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Exploding Cloud495 viewsAnother cloud formed by strong upward convection in unstable air. In this photo taken at Lake Havasu, the nearly explosive vertical development of this cloud was awesome.
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Antenna Crew483 viewsWe couldn’t have done it without the help of the Southern California
Antenna Crew

L-R Mike Stewart, Dave Kerns, Matt Cox
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Pot-O-Gold482 viewsLooks like I could hike up and find the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Looking Northeast from my Backyard.
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Cloud Spill453 viewsTaken from the 6000 ft level along the Angeles Crest Highway. the marine layer in the Los Angeles Basin can be seen spilling over the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains.
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428 viewsAs you draw near, the enormous size of the 32 meter dishes becomes more apparent
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Me And My Shadow425 views5/27/05
Taken from about 22,000 feet, flying from Oakland to Burbank, I saw this lone cloud above the Frazier Park area Northwest of Los Angeles. The shadow from the cloud can be seen on the ground below. I had someone tell me the cloud looked like a buffalo lying on it s side.
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Sundown Dunes422 viewsThe setting Sun was casting an orange hue on the Sand Dunes at Dumont. Dumont is located 30 miles North of Baker CA near the Southern tip of Death Valley. It was a windy day and the winds in the upper atmosphere were affecting the clouds. I m not sure I would classify this cloud as Lenticular but it was getting close. Taken 3/25/06.
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Building A Burm413 viewsBuilding A Burm taken 12/30/05
Several storms out in the Pacific were beginning to affect Northern California with heavy rain. These same storms were causing heavy surf all along the coast. A large west-northwest swell continued to affect the outer coastal waters of Southern California today. Breakers of 8 to 12 feet, with locally higher sets, pounded the coastline. In thid photo, Los Angeles City Fire Dept Bulldozers build a burm of sand to protect the businesses and residences along Venice Beach.
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Cumulonimbus411 viewsI was flying back from Boston and got a chance to see some spectacular weather from the air. We were heading West over Arizona and the hot afternoon Sun was creating some beautiful Cumulonimbus clouds. We were flying at approximately 32,000 Feet and the Thermal Convection was driving these clouds well above us. Taken July 23, 2007.
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Tampico Trauma411 viewsThis is the Old Harbor at San Felipe. Located some 120 Miles below the border in Baja California, it is one of my favorite camping spots. The fishermen used to sail into and out of the Harbor only at High Tide when the harbor would fill with water. They now have a New Harbor just South of Town. Taken 2/21/06
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Mount Wilson Socked In407 viewsThis was taken the morning of 9/15/06. We were on Mount Waterman (8,000 ft elev) setting up Radio Equipment for the upcoming Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run. Looking back at Mount Wilson (5700 ft elev), you could just see the antennas sticking up through the clouds.
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