Capturing the Power of a Supercell Storm.

June 2012, Nebraska.
All Photos by Camille Seaman,
It was just three days. Just three days between when photographer Camille Seaman first saw storm chasing on television and when she was hunting down a supercell herself. Even ten years later, the experience is still vivid in her mind: “It really was like watching a galaxy being born from a nebula.”In total, Seaman spent seven years searching for gathering clouds in some of America’s stormiest states: Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas.
Her photographs, now brought together in the new book The Big Cloud, are an spectacular document of nature’s power. They show clouds thick and ominous, or funnel-shaped, hovering over a rural landscape or spiked with lightning. For all the drama she captured, she reveals that storm chasing involves a lot of data—and a lot of patience.
South Dakota, June 2008.
There’s a lot of really boring parts, where you’re sitting in a car for many hours and stopping in gas stations for bathroom breaks and bad food,” she says. A day would typically begin with a meteorological briefing. After analyzing everything from dew point to wind direction,
Seaman and her crew would try to pinpoint the location of a potential supercell.Storm chasers have their own vocabularies for meteorological formations.
A supercell can be called a “mother ship,” for its otherworldly, spaceship-like appearance. They’re actually rotating thunderstorms that can generate hail, high winds, lightning, rain, and, occasionally, tornadoes, and they’re often topped by a dense cloud formation known as an “anvil.” That’s something most people don’t want to stand beneath.
Continue Reading via Source: Photographing the Unbridled Power of a Supercell Storm – Atlas Obscura

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