Roger's SkyPix

The Majestic Supercell

Howie's Quarry

Howie's Quarry

Severe-weather scientist Howie Bluestein enjoys the view, readying to shoot his quarry after successfully tracking it across the northeastern Texas Panhandle and the eastern Oklahoma Panhandle. His weapon of choice, as mine, was the camera. Having already produced a couple of tornadoes, including a colorful, rain-wrapped specimen farther SW, the heavy precipitation (HP) supercell came very close to doing so again here. The notched region to the right of Howie's camera rotated vigorously; and we waited in vain for a tighter spinup. Alas, no matter how much we shot it, the hunted became the hunter. Soon, the approach of the storm and its barrage of close lightning strikes would chase all storm photographers from the area.

4 N Slapout OK (13 Jun 10), Looking SW