With the devastation wrought by hurricane Haiyan very recently in the Philippines, we have been bombarded by haunting pictures of the havoc that can be caused by intense and forces of nature. Hurricanes, also known as typhoons or cyclones have been throwing their weight around in almost all parts of the globe, but they usually unleash their fury over the Pacific.
While North America is no stranger to hurricanes, such as Katrina from 2005 and Sandy from 2012, the more dreaded weather malady that strikes fear into most Americans are tornadoes. Although sometimes just lasting for a few minutes, tornadoes can notoriously rip through unsuspecting neighborhoods, leaving a trail of destruction that resembles the devastation created by tsunamis or violent storm surges.
While typhoons can be tracked days before striking, tornadoes can form very quickly, often too swiftly that part of its lethal reputation is because people are usually caught unaware, trapped in its deadly path. Storm chasers follow these twisters wherever they are, hoping to learn more about them and to find ways of predicting their formation. They put themselves purposely in harm’s way, just to gather precious data.
Such a storm chaser is Slovenian Marko Korosec. Korosec of Weather-Photos.Net often strategically waits in the central United States, along tornado alley, since the moist warm air here coming from the Gulf of Mexico meets with the cold, arid air emanating from the Rockies.
This combination of heat and cold creates the ideal conditions for tornadoes and other super-storms. Korosec moves around tracking these weather formations with a specially-equipped vehicle. Sensors help storm chasers like him to track the development of twisters. They also tell them just when the right time is to hightail it out of a place is. This is precisely how Korosec captured these breathtakingly awesome shots.
“I usually observe storms in as safe a position as possible, to avoid any dangerous conditions which could cause us damage or to the vehicle. Storm chasing usually means a lot of moving around, remaining in one position for some time and then moving when storm gets closer,” said Korosec in a recent interview.
He took these unbelievable pictures of the phenomenon known as ‘supercells’ during a 26-day trip across Kansas, Texas and Colorado in the United States. Feast your eyes on a rare, intimate encounter with this deadly weather disturbance.