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on May 26, 2008 in Great Stuff, Landscape Photography

Severe Weather Galore!

This was a more typical day of storm chasing with the super cells forming later in the day. That gave us the opportunity to see more of the KS countryside up close. We lunched in the small town of Offerle and this great little taco place. Its water tower was way cool and was the first to see the inflow of moisture, the clouds in the background, of the forming super cell we were to chase.

Spring wheat is pretty much what we saw lots of today. In the background is the first super cell of the day releasing a little of its energy in the form of rain and then later hail and lightning that sent us on our way trying to get in front of the moving dry line.

This photo was taken from the window of the van as we sped down the road. Just minutes earlier three tornadoes briefly touched down outside the town of Pratt. Just moments before that, we passed tornado damage from the storms of last Friday. While we have the luxury of “chasing” mother nature’s furry which is awe inspiring and most spectacular, I can’t help but think about those living on this landscape. When the sirens sounded in Pratt the thought struck me, “what would I do with only a 10 minute warning?” What occurred yesterday in Iowa is a reminder of the power of twisters and the resolve of those who live here to do just that, live here.

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