Shelf Cloud Near Nash, Oklahoma

MattGranz

Pittsburg, United States

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Taken last year at about this same time (May 30th).

My chase partner had just decided he’d rather work for his dad and make some money than hang out with a novice chaser on a storm that wasn’t likely to produce any tornadoes.

That said, I went out fearful and apprehensive as all get out and luckily landed myself smack dab into the center of all the action. I had studied enough previously to know what to do, and what to look out for for the most part, but wasn’t nearly as prepared as I would have liked to have been for a solo chase.

At times I was surrounded by breaking tree branches and gustnados and was watching red clay dirt getting sucked up into the inflow of the storm, and so when I saw this nice shelf cloud plowing the wheat fields, it was sort of a relief because I know how these squall lines generally work… though it was a fast paced sucker, that was traveling around 40-60 mph (hard to tell) which had me traveling at 80 mph down dirt farm roads in order to keep ahead and snap a few pics.

This year I’m in California watching the storms activate across the central plains on radar and feeling for the losses that have taken place as these storms have hit heavily populated areas. The tragedy in Joplin especially hit hard because I used to live near it many years ago. My heart goes out to all the people suffering losses at the hands of these storms.

I much prefer them plowing wheat fields.

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Tokina 12-24mm
Aperture f/6.3
Focal Length 12 mm
ISO Speed 200
3 image HDR

Processed with Photomatix and Photoshop.

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