Tornado in the Making. By The Kav. "I climbed up on my roof-top to get this shot of a swirling cloud attempting to become a tornado. This was at its peak strength in this series of shots...eventually it moved off to the left leaving in its wake some rain and something to talk about the next day! It was an amazing sight in this area which seldom ever sees Tornado's." http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_kav/5951875353
This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it's the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover. Freakishly weird! By Terry Boswell (Joshua Tree Earth & Space Museum)
Aren't they amazing? I began making up stories to fit cloud shapes when I was six and I still do this from time to time. But occasionally the clouds can speak more eloquently than I ever could...Asperatus Clouds Over New Zealand.