Tornado Photography Spotlight: "Trunk"

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When one thinks of storm chasers they don't often picture them being busy the same month as Halloween. Actually it is quite common for a second tornado season to emerge from October to November and some of these tornadoes can be just as intense as their spring counterparts. This was the case in 2013 as a powerful storm system dropped dozens of tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa. I witnessed three of these tornadoes with this slender elephant trunk being the first. This same storm would go on to drop the damaging Wayne Nebraska EF-4 tornado. These tornadoes were not my first October tornadoes but they were by far the strongest I had ever seen in the fall. This one was very picturesque as it snaked over the road just to my West. I personally enjoy tornadoes that are not documented by many other storm chasers and this one had very few witnesses. Thankfully it did not cause any damage nor hurt anyone. When it comes to tornado photography this day was one of my best with "Hell Bent" a beautiful stove pipe coming later in the day. Please visit the "October Fest" chase log for a full account.

Storm Chase: Date: October 4th, 2013

Storm Chase: Location: South of Stanton Nebraska

Storm Chaser: Zach Roberts

Camera Settings:

Camera Pentax K-x
Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture f/13.0
Focal Length 20 mm
ISO Speed 200