chasing storms


Storm chaser captured this video while stuck in the mud in Kansas


film of a tornado emerging from the wall cloud of a supercell in south dakota. a supercell is a severe thunderstorm with a deep rotating updraft. most tornados are associated with supercell thunderstorms, the largest, most severe class of single cell thunderstorms. 

a tornado is created when the cooler downdraft of rear midlevel winds combine with the updraft of warm, moist and horizontally spinning surface level winds, which condense into a funnel as they’re drawn upward into what is called the mesocyclone. (video)


Life is Strange - Return to Arcadia Bay


Rotating supercell over the U.S. Great plains. I can’t tell if this is actual video or if this artists works to animate still frames, but I think some of their clips are the latter.  Almost time for tornado season to start moving up to the central U.S.


Okay so I’ve seen a lot of confusion and I’m just gonna clear things up.

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is NOT the intended sequel that DONTNOD has been working on.

I REPEAT Life is Strange: Before the Storm is NOT Life is Strange 2.

LiS: BtS is a separate project commissioned by Square Enix with a different company entirely. It is being made by Deck Nine Games.

So to summarize: for those of you disappointed we are still getting the sequel. LiS2 has already been confirmed in the works by DONTNOD, and LiS: BtS is not the sequel as it is not only desperate but being made by Deck Nine Games. Hope that helps : )


Storm chaser prepping for the 2017 season shared this magnificent video of a 2016 tornado they spotted in Kansas.


The Art of Steven Maguire

Steven Maguire will tell you chasing storms isn’t all it’s made out to be. The nonstop action you see in the movies isn’t reality, especially for a storm photographer. To capture the perfect storm photo, you have to be diligent and do your homework so you can be in the right place at the right time. And you also need lots of patience.

“It takes a lot of time to get that one shot. You will need a lot of patience between storms,” he says. “There are a lot of frustrating moments when chasing storms. If you are really passionate enough and keep with it, the payoff is worth it.”

The Flickr member from Arizona has been shooting storms for eight years, and he’s captured fantastic images of lightning, storm clouds, and even funnel clouds. Steven answered Rory Brunner’s questions for Flickr’s Photographer Spotlight about his tips for great storm photography, and he told the stories behind some of his more memorable photos.

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a few people (usually at gas stations, noting my hail destroyed car) have asked, “why do you storm chase” and the only good answer I have is “why don’t you?” 

it’s true I’m not a classical storm chaser. I tend to entirely different areas of the storm than most do (the part that still has some light if possible) and really, I’m a photographer chasing a photo more than a storm chaser but I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to scream across the prairie after some monster so big and alive you can hardly take it all in (even at 15mm). the complexity, drama, violence and power make almost anything possible. I’ve seen things that took my breath away, and cowered in my car praying my glass would hold and that nothing terribly nasty was living in that shroud of rain that pinned me to where I was. 

I’ve wasted entire days on hope. 

I hope that storm can organize itself despite all the science saying it can’t. I hope I can get to this spot on the map before it does. I hope the light holds. or the road hasn’t heaved too bad this winter. 

every year i commit myself to only chase the big bad boys that have structure, and form, and the rare magic of a fully formed super cell and every year I find myself rolling across the gravel roads after some pulse storm that maybe, just maybe has something pretty in it. 

so entering year three of really learning and chasing more seriously my answer would be, why aren’t you out there, living and dying with the gust fronts and hail cores and living creatures sucking up the prairie moist. really. why?

  • Square Enix: *Announces Life is Strange:Before the Storm*
  • Me: *Crawls back from FFXV's Promptis and Promdyn hell*
  • Square Enix: *Shows game trailer*
  • Me: *has wild flashbacks to everything LiS, remembers the theories, the fanfics, the fever, the hype...*
  • Me: My body is ready