Thunderstorms are one of
the most powerful and illusive wonders of nature known to mankind.
Each one is unique in characteristic, and they have the power to distract our attention or
make us run for
cover. Storm chasers and enthusiasts alike thrive off the
unpredictable power of this natural force of nature, and want to
embrace it by documenting the unknown.
"Why do you do it?
Once you've seen one storm, you've seen them all....."
once said to me. How wrong that statement is. Take a look at the
archive and you'll see
that they are indeed unique beasts. Every storm is
different, every lightning is different, every cloud and level of
intensity. You will never know what you'll see next...
Keen on severe
weather photography and the dynamics of the atmosphere, this website
is a collage of my
photography over the years and some explanations of what is happening
in each scenario. I used to be terrified of storms when I was a minor,
however my passion grew as my curiosity towards them deepened. I
learnt much about how they worked in my early teens when I acquired a
video camera. Using this as my main tool for storm photography, I
started filming thunderstorms hoping to capture this ferocious power
to try and document every aspect of a thunderstorm if possible where
shots of lightning and cloud development are my favoured goals.
Obviously a tornado would be a gracious bonus. Storms
were UK-based thunderstorms that produced a tornado (or 2 in the case
With a typical storm I will try and capture the cloud structures as a
thunderstorm approaches on the horizon, then the electric action when
it arrives up close, and then the cloud structures again as it drifts
T0074 are excellent examples of this.
I also went to the States to seek out a more worthy adversary, such as
As you will see
once you trawl through the various areas of the website, up until 2007
I haven't really needed to move from my own doorstep to get some good
footage. This was largely due to the blessing I was given by living in
what is known as the "Cheshire Gap", where mesoscale convergence often
takes place, forming showers relentlessly in an unstable northwesterly
flow. I also had a cracking view from being positioned on the top of a
hill. But its not all
thunderstorms. I also do a fair bit of cloud and optical phenomena
photography which will eventually make it onto the site.
often view the weather as the natural display of the cosmos; there could be
no life on this planet yet all this weather would still be happening,
and we have absolutely no control over it.
Meaning of "Ravenstorm"
Interesting really, the website started it's life out as a modern
club/dance music website (rave) in 2003 after I got into DJ-ing and
music collecting, but I also wanted to put my thunderstorm photography
on it (storm), so the website was dubbed "Rave'N'Storm". Also,
my internet alias used to be 揜aven? So, based on "RaveNstorm" and instead of "Thunderstorm" I promoted the site
under the pseudonym "Ravenstorm" and it caught on. It also makes
a good brand name along with the logos. I designed the site around a
dark, gothic theme in suit of the supernatural ambience thunderstorms
have about them.
What's the website got to
displays sample-quality footage of thunderstorm photography. Each storm has
it's own page and basic interpretation of the weather situation and
the characteristics of the storm. There is a
page which picks out the best storms from
Current Weather is where you can observe
a few basic charts of current weather conditions in the UK and Europe
supplied automatically by
meteorologica.co.uk. Please note the data
may not be accurate or up to date and is unmonitored.
Know Your Storms
is a section where the physical aspects of thunderstorms and meteorology are
explained on a basic level..
The Weather Photos
section (will soon) hold the best of my general weather photography such as clouds and
optical phenomena, where also the full quality images are held offline if
anyone wants to purchase them for licensed use.
Website messageboard is where you can interact with other weather
enthusiasts on my network.
What's to come?
Apart from finishing off the content, my future plans for the website
are to start constructing focused analysis抯 on exceptional thunderstorm
events. Also, any suggestions to enhance the website are welcome and you can contact me on the
page or post your suggestions on the message board.
On the photography side of things,
my aim is always going to be to expand the archive of weather and storm photography. A personal ambition of mine is to achieve some dramatic
photography, such as lava fountains and volcanic lightning. The Icelandic
volcanoes near the UK have inspired me and I went to visit Eyjafjallajokull
in October 2010 after it erupted.
I hope you enjoy
the website and please feel free to contact me with any comments.