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Palouse Tornado


Palouse Tornado
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-25
Categories: Sky
Camera: Nikon D50, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-02 5:12
Viewed: 3453
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
AT 243 PM THE PUBLIC REPORTED A SMALL TORNADO NEAR KETTLE FALLS. RADAR INDICATED A WEAK RAIN SHOWER IN THAT AREA AT THE TIME OF THE REPORT. THE TORNADO HAS SINCE DISSIPATED. THIS WAS LIKELY A COLD
AIR FUNNEL CLOUD THAT BRIEFLY TOUCHED THE GROUND. WEATHER CONDITIONS SUGGEST MORE SMALL AND BRIEF FUNNEL CLOUDS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. IT IS UNLIKELY...BUT NOT OUT OF THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY...THAT ANOTHER FUNNEL CLOUD COULD REACH
THE SURFACE FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

This building tornado did not touch ground, but according to EWU climatology, it was just about to. I didn't realize what I had taken until others saw the image. They knew immediately. The picture is taken on Palouse grassland looking NE to where a tornado had indeed hit ground just minutes later and 50 miles to the NE of this location. It was supposed to be a landscape image, but turned out completely different.

The green grasses contain as many as 20 different kinds of grass, a few of which are now rare. And then we have the sky, in the center of which you can see the cyclonic turning of the clouds down to the ground from the upper to the lower right of the horizon. This image was taken with my Nikon D50 and my Nikon 85mm portrait lens. Shutter speed was 1/1250 and f9. ISO was 400. Finally I must add that it is extremely rare for tornado activity in this state, more or less in this particular area.

Wiki says:A tornado is a violently rotating column of air which is in contact with both a cumulonimbus cloud, or in rare cases, a cumulus cloud base and the surface of the earth. Tornadoes come in many sizes but are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel, whose narrow end touches the earth and is often encircled by a cloud of debris.

Silvio2006, PaulH, uleko, jaycee, nglen, gerbilratz, CeltickRanger, Adanac, Dis. Ac., jusninasirun, lise, NinaM, haraprasan, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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Aha! I got to this one first! That's unusual for me. I've missed so many of your wonderful photos lately. Hopefully I'm here to participate more now.

Great shot! We had funnels around the other night...tore up our roof and the completely peeled the roof off a barn not 1/4 mile away. Makes for interesting nights. ha ha

You guys have had some crazy weather, huh?

Hi Bob, fascinating landscape with splendid threatening sky, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-02 6:25]

And there was me thinking the were just confined to Tornado Alley! Dark, Ominous sky contrasts very nicely against the grassland Bob, great you were able to capture and document ths rare event.
tfs and have a great weekend,
Paul

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-02 8:20]

Hello Bob,
Storms like this are no fun but they look beautiful when photographed. I love the colours here, the dark ominous clouds and the bright light on the grass.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-02 9:41]

Hi Bob,

You were in the right place at the right time. I have never seen a funnel cloud! Excellent shot and it looks like you caught it just as it hit the ground. The grass is a wonderful contrast to the dark sky.

Jane

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-02 13:08]

Hi Bob. A good land scape showing the storm in the distance. Good colours in the clouds. Yes you were there just at the right time. well done TFS.
Nick..
Have a nice weekend.
We did have a big storm in the South of England about 20 years ago but the birds seem to survive.but we lost many trees.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-05-02 13:48]

What a dark foreboding looking sky Bob. Looks like a big squall shower over our harbour, but we don't usually see tornadoes - only water spouts.
You shot it at the right time Bob - for a moment there I thought you must be going tornado chasing - we see those programs on TV some times. Scary!!
Well captured and it's an interesting shot,
TFS
Janice

great landscape Bob, you can almost smell the rain in this, excellent work. tfs regards hs

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-02 14:30]
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Wow! A tornado! Must have been shocking finding out that it was one!
Apparently England has the most tornadoes of any country but they're all tiny ones... not sure I believe that we have more than you lot in the US though :-)
Lovely moody image.
Well composed, great light, impressive sky, and perfect exposure.
Well done Bob!

Cheers,
Joe

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-02 15:29]

Hi Bob,this is a great scoop,perfectly taken whit a very really sensation to be there,excellent work,my best compliments,Luciano

Like the brighter foreground lighting against the dark and foreboding BG.

Seems like there is more violent weather in the Pacific Northwest than there used to be. Micro-bursts and other violent winds, including tornadoes, have hit the western parts of Washington and Oregon on occasion as well.

hello Bob

excellent shot of the Tornado in the Palouse,
great hard luminosity of the image, with great contrast
between the foreground and the background,
there is a excellent DOF with the clouds behind the fences,

TFS

Asbed

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-02 18:35]

Hi Bob,
Cool capture, sorry couldn't resist. Wonderful image with an atmosphere of foreboding. Well done my friend.
Rick

hi Bob,

Dark clouds as foreboding, beautiful contrast woth the green of the grass.

Gert

Hello Bob. Interesting image and useful note too about the cloud touching the ground. I like the horizon captured here with poles making good perspective. The foreground pasture is well documented too and just stunning against that tornado cloud. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. Regards. Jusni

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-05-03 7:22]

Hi Bob,
This is a very nasty sky! You don't stay out in the open field when you see such bad weather coming your way.
Wonderful composition and colours.
Very well done
Lise

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-05-03 11:59]

Impressive and great all at once. Scary. Beautiful light contrasting the clouds. I love hills, I love grassy hills. Beautiful again,

Francine

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-05-03 16:35]

Hi Bob,
Special capture! I like the composition with the fence how limit the peace grassland and tornado.
TFS,
Roger

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this phenomenon named tornado. I think it is a bit same to our Thunder storms here. Very good captured presentation of this nature terror. Excellent composition and nice view. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Sincerely
HP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-16 21:44]

Hello Bob

The ominous looking sky is well captured in this scene.
Lovely lighting and colours.You have created an atmosphere here.
The lit land contrasts the violent looking sky.
Well composed with excellent POV and DOF.
TFS

Rob

Hi Bob,

The diagonal line of the fence is divinding the palouse from the stormy sky. There is a good contrast between the colors. The sky has a dramatic effect on the composition of the image. Have a nice day.

Pierre

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