jasonpersoff
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I've been chasing severe weather for over 20 years, and this tornado was by far the most photogenic (and harmless) of them all. My chase partner and I were fore...
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I've been chasing severe weather for over 20 years, and this tornado was by far the most photogenic (and harmless) of them all. My chase partner and I were forecasting an area near the Colorado-Kansas border on May 31, 2010. We waited, but mother nature teased us by demonstrating a storm that was forming in southeast Colorado near the Oklahoma border some 150 miles away. Most of the time if you're not within 25 miles of a storm, there's little hope you'll be able to intercept it. But this storm was very courteous and virtually stood still for the 2.5 hour trek we made to intercept. Then it was even further courteous enough not to form this beautiful 30 minute tornado until we were positioned, out of our car, and able to watch it from birth to spin out. It did no damage and did traveled at a leisurely 5mph down a dirt road. The dust blowing from left to right at the bottom of the image is from winds wrapping around the parent cloud (called a rear flank downdraft, or RFD) which is posited to be an important part of tornadogenesis. The tornado has a dirt "collar" at its base, and an amazingly ragged wall cloud from which it was born. Though not as well visualized in this particular shot, the area to the left was sunny sky and filled with fields of little yellow wildflowers cascading westward to the mountains in the distance. It was an amazing day.
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33 Comments | Report
SheilaDraper
 
SheilaDraper February 16, 2014
Wow...amazing capture! :)
Joey_Howard
 
Joey_Howard February 25, 2014
Oh wow, ....
mspix PRO+
 
mspix February 25, 2014
Great capture!! Little too close for my comfort....
TrevJel
 
TrevJel February 25, 2014
Great shot, nature showing off her beauty and destructive power, well done.
AnnuO
 
AnnuO February 26, 2014
Scary! The feel of power is very evident.
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 February 26, 2014
Wow - Magnificent capture! Congrats!
DanielJPhotography
 
DanielJPhotography February 26, 2014
Wow!! talk about being in the right wrong place at the right time..! Awesome shot
Proudfoot
 
Proudfoot April 05, 2014
Wow!
tisherself
 
tisherself April 05, 2014
This photograph is Amazing! excellent job, good luck to you, voted!
Jamie_Engel PRO+
 
Jamie_Engel April 20, 2014
wow, amazing! voted
alexiusvanderwesthuizen
 
alexiusvanderwesthuizen June 08, 2014
Fantastic capture!!
BeccaLynn PRO+
 
BeccaLynn June 10, 2014
One of the most amazing pictures I've seen of a tornado.
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 June 10, 2014
Holy crap!!!! ....What a shot!! ")
T2PX
T2PX July 18, 2014
So true!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ July 02, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
rnspicer
 
rnspicer July 03, 2014
Congratulations on being a finalist. You really outdid yourself in capturing Mother Nature and her "calm" fury. Definitely one of Life's Largest Moments!
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac July 03, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS!
huch5150
 
huch5150 July 03, 2014
That's sick!!!
CarolHuffmanPhotography PRO+
 
CarolHuffmanPhotography July 04, 2014
Incredible!! Nice capture.
fotogalmexican
 
fotogalmexican July 04, 2014
wowza
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots July 12, 2014
Amazing capture! Congrats.
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography July 18, 2014
amazing shot , congrats !!
dondurante
 
dondurante July 18, 2014
What a fantastic shot and back story!!!
SpiritWolf
 
SpiritWolf July 18, 2014
That's amazing!!!!!!
Giddeyupimages
 
Giddeyupimages July 18, 2014
Amazing!!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset July 18, 2014
Wow! Oh so cool, bravo it is amazing!
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac July 19, 2014
Perfect composition and exposure...Congratulations!
Jeanne713 PRO+
 
Jeanne713 July 20, 2014
Awesome shot!
Kraay
 
Kraay July 21, 2014
Incredible!!!
Wizzard PRO+
 
Wizzard July 22, 2014
Congrats on your remarkable image! Wow!!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta July 23, 2014
Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
tropicala PRO
 
tropicala July 26, 2014
fantastic!
18ricco PRO+
 
18ricco August 18, 2014
nice grab!!! love the work yinz do chasing em down as well!!!! Be safe!!!
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia August 20, 2015
It was a nice day for capturing a phenomenal tornado. Good.

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