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Taylor Mountain Regional Park is open rangeland for humans and cows alike, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve is open range land for humans and cows alike, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Monday started out much like today (Tuesday) cold and clear plus some wind.  As fickle as a NorCal spring can be, we were all tempted by bright blue skies and comfortable temperatures. Hanging out at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve in Santa Rosa (waiting to shoot an assignment..the subject cancelled because of the weather) the clouds kept building and eventually it rained….and hailed.  Having chased a few storms in my career, four in the afternoon is always the witching hour of instability.  The land is warmed by the sun at it’s peak, causing the greatest instability in the atmosphere-in this case, helped a little by a cold upper level low-thus it interesting weather.

The same angle as the top photo a few minutes later, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

The same angle as the top photo a few minutes later, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Rain coats the horizon over Sebastopol, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Rain coats the horizon over Sebastopol, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

 

Storm clouds add a dramatic flair as Trevor Shatara takes a hike at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Storm clouds add a dramatic flair as Trevor Shatara takes a hike at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Rain and hail fall over the Alexander Valley as seen from Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Rain and hail fall over the Alexander Valley as seen from Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

A hail shaft appears over Geyser Peak, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

A hail shaft appears over Geyser Peak, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Mammatus clouds, a sign of a dying thunderstorm  overTaylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Mammatus clouds, a sign of a dying thunderstorm over Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, Monday March 28, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

 

-Kent Porter