Storm Chaser: Adventures In Extreme Weather

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iPhone 5s, in-camera panorama finished in Photoshop using NIK/Google Filters
Fellow storm chaser, Nathan Chester

 

Storm Chaser (Wikipedia) : A person in the pursuit of any severe weather condition, regardless of motive, which can be curiosity, adventure, scientific investigation, or for news or media coverage.  A person who chases storms is known as a storm chaser, or simply a chaser. While witnessing a tornado is the single biggest objective for most chasers…

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Nikon D4 with AF-S 24-120mm (cropped), finished in Photoshop using NIK/Google filters
First of three tornados near Akron, CO May 7, 2014

 

 

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iphone 5s, processed in-camera using Snapseed
One of three tornados we photographed within minutes of each other near Akron, CO

 

many chase thunderstorms and delight in viewing cumulonimbus and related cloud structure, watching a barrage of hail and lightning

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iphone 5s, finished in Photoshop using NIK/Google filters
Lightning storm preceding tornados near Akron, CO

 

 

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Nikon D4 with AF-S 24-120mm Bulb setting at 5 seconds

 

and seeing what skyscapes unfold…

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Our first storm of the week did not produce a supercell or tornados but, it was beautiful with colorful rainbows and brilliant hail shafts

 

 

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Nikon D4 with AF-S 16-35mm finished in Photoshop using NIK/Google filters
A beautiful ending to our first weather day in the Nebraska panhandle

 

 

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Nikon D4 with AF-S 16-35mm finished in Photoshop using NIK/Google filters
Dramatic skies, yellow fields and gorgeous light combine to make a beautiful color contrast

 

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iphone 5s, in-camera panorama finished using Snapseed
A supercell with rotation passed nearby and produced a tornado a few miles past our location

 

Storm chasing looks like and exciting life, and there are definitely moments of intense excitement when all the elements come together to make a perfect storm in which to aim our cameras skyward and begin clicking but, there is so much more to Storm chasing than the few intense moments of adrenaline rushes.  Stay tuned for a behind the scenes look at a week in the life of a storm chase addict.