Small tornado

I have over 100 pictures in my camera but haven’t had a second to download them so today’s post will highlight one of my all time favorite photos.

I took this picture on July 4, 2007. It was a gorgeous afternoon. I was lounging on my couch when my weather radio went off with a tornado warning. I grabbed my camera and headed outside. I immediately saw a storm forming to the southeast. In just a few minutes, a small tornado formed and I started snapping pictures.

Small tornado

This is the first (and only) tornado I’ve ever seen in person. It was small, but it was very cool. I was insanely excited to have captured pictures of the tornado. I immediately emailed them to family and friends. They did not share my excitement. The most common response was “What the hell were you doing out in the yard? Why didn’t you take cover?”

Thankfully, my local meteorologist understood my excitement and featured my photo on the evening news.

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5 responses

  1. :) That is so nifty! I get responses like that sometimes about certain things. Some people just don’t understand that the need to investigate is sometimes greater than one’s concern for well being.

  2. Linda in Waterloo | Reply

    I’m real happy your work was featured on the news, but you could have been a contender for a Darwin award doing that kind of thing!!!

  3. Very cool.

  4. My husband is a weather enthusiast (that is putting it lightly, we have a weather station on our house that broadcasts data to the national weather service), I will have to show him this picture when he gets up from his nap. :) He would have been out there in the yard, too!

  5. Awesome photo! Storms are so exciting — as long as they don’t hurt anyone!

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