Fantastic Country Thunderstorm Pictures and Photos

Thunderstorm pictures capture the essence of country storms and preserve their fascinating beauty. Many people who never saw the actual storm are able to see and enjoy photos of thunderstorms even years afterward.

Hi! My name is Maria. This page is a photo gallery collection of fantastic country thunderstorm photos for your enjoyment. Fantastic pictures capture a magical moments in time, and that's what you'll discover here at Fantastic Farm and Country!

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Countryside Thunderstorms

Boom! Thunder rumbles as lightning streaks across the cloudy sky. Sheets of rain drench the farm fields and houses and barns while humans and animals alike take shelter.

Thunderstorms in the country bring life-giving rain to the countryside. Though violent and furious at times, after the storm is a time to relish. You drink in the scent of the freshly washed earth and plants and trees. After the storm, bright sunshine peeks through the clouds to create a rainbow.

Stormy Rainbow over Green Field
As the thunderstorm passes by, a large rainbow stretches over a farmer's field (there's a double rainbow if you look closely).

Country Rainbow
©Jonathan Cook/Istockphoto

Throughout all its phases, from beginning to end, there are plenty of thunderstorm photo opportunities to be had.


The Thunderstorm: A Beautiful Scene of Fierceness

Thunderstorms, the violent temper tantrums of nature, occur when warm moist air collides with cooler air. The changing weather forms a thunderstorm and a mass of clouds charged with wind and lightning rolls over the countryside.

Storms can be either good or bad, or even a combination of both! Storms bring welcome rain to parched earth in summer’s heat. They can also mean destructive hail and wind with wild lightning bolt displays to be photographed in thunderstorm pictures.

Jagged Lightning
A thunderbolt streaks down in a wild display of power.

Lightning Bolt


Photographers and researchers called "Storm Chasers" spend a great deal of time tracking and photographing these amazing scenes of nature. They gather much information, thunderstorm pictures, and video footage images that capture the true nature of thunderstorms.

The Stormy Season

Though thunder storms can happen any time of year, the most dramatic thunderstorm pictures season is spring and summer. They are actually most common in the late afternoon of a hot summer day.

Advancing Storm
A thunderstorm moves across the open countryside and lightning forks dance through the dramatic scene.

Country Thunderstorm
©Clint Spencer/Shutterstock

Summer's storms are frequent, but winter thunderstorms are actually quite rare. The summertime weather creates the optimal conditions for thunderstorms to occur.


How Thunderstorms Come About

For a thunderstorm to materialize and provide opportunities for thunderstorm pictures there’s got to be optimal weather conditions in the atmosphere. All thunderstorms have three stages in which they are born, grow to maturity, and slowly die. These stages are generally called developing, mature, and dissipating.

  1. Cumulus clouds form in the developing stage. These large fluffy clouds are formed by water vapor being lifted into the atmosphere by warm currents.

  2. In the second or mature stage, the clouds continue to rise until stopped by warm air above. The clouds spread out into the Cumulonimbus cloud formation. Water droplets in the clouds freeze and begin to fall, melting into rain as they descend. If the wind updraft is strong enough, these frozen droplets become so large that they remain frozen and fall as hail. At this point, internal turbulence usually occurs in the form of strong winds, lightning, and even tornadoes.

  3. The last stage is the dissipation stage. The downdraft pushes the thunderstorm toward the ground in a quick cloudburst. The fury of the storm usually lasts less than an hour. The updraft disappears as the pressure releases and the storm weakens and dissipates.

Aerial Anvil Storm Cloud
This is an aerial thunderstorm picture of a complete anvil cloud consisting of mostly ice above a thunderstorm. The rising air is expanding and spreading the cloud as it hits the bottom of the stratosphere.

Anvil Thunderstorm Cloud


Of course, there are different types and classifications of thunderstorms. One storm alone is defined as single cell, super cell, or airmass (small, scattered or random thunderstorms). A group of storms or cluster may be frontal (storm occurring from a cold front moving through warm humid air), squall line (many thunderstorms along a cold front), or mesoscale-convective complexes-MCCs.  


As a Thunderstorm Attacks

Though thunderstorms are greatly beneficial to drought conditions, thunderstorms also bring many hazards to a rural farm and country area. The most familiar hazard is the lightning that flashes through the sky and sometimes reaches the ground. But there are other dangers, too.

Terrifying, yet beautiful, lightning is a giant spark created by an electrical charge within a thunderstorm cloud. Lightning storms can bring direct damage to buildings, barns and trees. It can ignite wildfires in dry areas, bringing damage to buildings and crops. And of course, it brings danger to people who are outside in an electrical storm.

Forked Lightning
In this thunderstorm picture, a bolt of lightning illuminates the darkening evening clouds.

Night Lightning
©Jerry Schiller/Shutterstock


A hailstorm is another name for a thunderstorm that produces hail that reaches the ground. Hail can cause serious damage to a farm’s crops, flattening growing grain, especially wheat and corn. Hail damages farm equipment, such as tractors and machinery, breaking windows and leaving dents. Hailstorms inflict considerably expensive damages to farm property.

Damaged Gourd Crop
Plants in a field lay crushed and broken after hail falls from a destructive hailstorm, as shown in this thunderstorm picture.

Hail-Damaged Crops
©Alexandr Ozerov/Istockphoto

A tornado is a frightening thunderstorm that can flatten barns, crops and literally anything in its path. The tornado is a strong, violent and dangerous rotation of air between the cumulonimbus cloud and the earth. Tornadoes can be terrifyingly beautiful. Where they do strike, they bring amazingly awful damage, smashing buildings and destroying flourishing fields.

Whirling Tornado
An F3 tornado sets down in a country field.

Tornado Storm
©Clint Spencer/Istockphoto

Flash flooding is another damage danger that comes along with thunderstorms. When a slow moving thunderstorm drops heavy precipitation on an area without sufficient vegetation to absorb the excess moisture, flooding occurs. Severe flooding is devastating to plants and crops in agricultural areas. It can cause irreplaceable soil erosion. And of course, flooding is hazardous to farm animals, buildings, tractors, and vehicles.

Flooded Field
This farm field is under flood water runoff after a downpour.

Farm Flood
©Chris Bolton/Istockphoto


Fascinating Thunderstorm Facts

  • There are approximately 2,000 thunderstorms in action at this very moment!

  • About 45,000 thunderstorms happen daily around the world.

  • Lightning from storms strikes the earth about 100 times a second.

  • Front gust winds of a thunderstorm can reach the dangerous speed of 60 mph.

  • Hail is one of the worst hazards of thunderstorms. It can produce serious damage within seconds.

  • Lightning’s spark heats the surrounding air to over 54,000°F (30,000°C). The rapidly expanding air creates the sound we know as thunder.

  • Tornadoes have wind speeds of 220 mph within a very small area.

  • Some of the largest hail stones recorded were 5.5 inches in diameter.  

Threatening Thunderstorm
Dramatic thunder clouds rumble over a bright yellow rapeseed field.

Storm over Farm Field
©Dan Barnes/Shutterstock


After the Storm

A colorful rainbow decorates the sky, and sunshine warms the scenic country landscape again.  Time to get thunderstorm pictures of the peaceful after scene.

A good soaking rain is a blessing to farms and crops. After the rainstorm is passed, the air is cool and moist. The refreshing scent of clean washed earth permeates the air. Earthworms wriggle to the surface. Mud puddles dot the landscape, and barnyards are turned into miserable muck.

Storm Clouds Above a Midwest Rural Scene
Spectacular thunderstorm clouds are passing over a midwestern dairy farm.

Storm Clouds and Farm Scene
©Allan Mueller/Shutterstock

As the calm after the storm spreads over the landscape, the air feels fresh and crisp. Leaves drip sparkling drops and birds flutter to dry their feathers. It’s the perfect time for pulling weeds from the country garden or rural backyard.

The storm is over and it's time to assess damages, if any. You can to pull off the raincoat now and head out of doors again to carry on with the farm chores, though you may have to take care to not get stuck in the mud while it dries out again!


Capturing Fantastic Thunderstorm Pictures

From start to finish every storm in the country creates a wide array of opportunities for thunderstorm pictures. It’s a perfect time to create an intriguing mood for your country photos.

Storm clouds bring interest into an otherwise ordinary country scene or red barn photo. Sunset through the finishing storm clouds can be breathtakingly beautiful.

Thunderstorm Cloudscape Teton Wilderness Rain Hail
A late afternoon thunderstorm drops rain and hail on a mountain landscape in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 2009.

Grand Teton Thunderstorm
©Charles Schug/Istockphoto

So, next time you get a chance, head out into the storm! Join the stormchasers, but please stay safe! And let’s see what fantastic thunderstorm pictures you can come up with!


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Fantastic Free Thunderstorm Photos

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However, here are some great pictures from Flickr that are available for use under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Use them for your projects, screensavers, or desktop wallpaper as long as you give credit to the photographer.

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