High Plains Drifter

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May 31, 2010

chase day 5/31 ends. Amazing.

Filed under: chase mode updates — Mike U @ 10:27 pm

I don’t necessarily believe in a “perfect” storm chase, but after
doing this for 13 years now, I think this may be as close as I’ve come
to it. An absolutely beautiful, tall long-lived tornado developed
just west of Highway 287 and matured pretty much as it crossed the
highway maybe a mile to my north. I was operating both the ultra-wide
angle (D3) and my D200 for more zoomed-in images. It kicked up some
amazing dust, and actually engulfed some chase vehicles that decided
to get up close and personal with it. I got some pretty impressive
images of car headlights in a field of dust as the large, tall tornado
crossed Hwy 287 about 6-7 miles south of Campo. I know, because in a
number of my images, I got the mileage sign (Campo 7, Springfield 29)
with the tornado. More later.

1 Comment »

  1. Mike,
    What a great pic…inspiring.

    Comment by Mike Beller — June 2, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

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