Woodward, Oklahoma Tornado
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After a frustrating day working short-lived storms on the Kansas / Oklahoma border my partner Shane and felt dejected watching one storm after another die before our eyes. We decided to make the 50 mile dash toward Woodward, Oklahoma where a persistent storm had been developing for hours. As we plunged south we were nervous about penetrating the storm through its core and encountering giant hail. As we reached the hail core the storm began to die! This was a mixed blessing as it meant out windshield would not be destroyed but it also meant we were watching yet another storm die before our eyes. The rain stopped and the storm nearly disappeared from radar. Depressed, we pulled over to the side of the road and discussed ending our misery to a motel in Woodward. Suddenly we heard a strong clap of thunder, then another. And another. Suddenly our storm was coming back to life! We found ourselves in the midst of a cloud to ground lightning barrage which often portends tornadogenisis. Sure enough a rotating wall cloud appeared and I began shooting still images and a movie. I titled this print The Phoenix because of the way it resurrected itself from death. Order print above and watch movie below!