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on May 25, 2008 in Great Stuff, Landscape Photography

Close, but no touch down

With a dew point below 70, winds from the south and not the southwest, with no bars when we need two or more, our giant super cell over Ransom KS turned into five, all with cold down drafts dissipating their energy. Is all of this storm chasing jargon accurate, well, not quite. I’ve not got all the terminology down yet because this storm chasin has its own language, but I’m learning. It does produce amazing heavenly bodies!

While there were three tornadoes where we were today, we only saw the brief dust tube of one way off in the distance (that didn’t count after yesterday’s success). This was a hopeful that never materialized. As soon as you feel the cold wind come from a super cell like this, you know the energy is gone from it to produce a twister. But damn, there are incredibly cool. This thing is 15miles across!

The light that does eventually manage to come under the storm as it goes by is simply gorgeous! One of the “tricks” of tornadoes chasing is gaining contrast. Just as photographers have come to know it, contrast is the key to seeing a tuber because otherwise, it’s just gray on gray.

After calling it a day of tornado chasing, we stopped to take in the light show. While the lightning was 15-19 miles off, this 10sec exposure captured a number of CC (that’s cloud to cloud lightning to you laymen) lighting up the night sky above Great Bend, KS.

Photos captured by D3, 14-24AFS/24-70AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film