My favorite weather isn't a specific weather pattern, but those moments before a storm. The sky is crowded with clouds and the wind is beginning to pick up--you can practically taste the rain in the air, but the storm still hasn't arrived. Everything's held in suspension for that first clap of thunder or rain drop. These pictures were taken in that brief spate; I had just put my camera back into my tote when it began to sprinkle (and made it back to my car before the downpour). The beach is the perfect place to storm-watch; you can see everything far out on the horizon and feel the pounding waves grow in intensity.