Storm Chaser Stares Into the Eye of a Tornado



Image: Mike Hollingshead

June 20, 2011, Bradshaw, Nebraska Tornado

Mike Hollingshead sits in his car, ominous gray cloud looming overhead, while a tornado tears towards the highway. Small trees are being sucked up into the vortex of the funnel like they’re no more than matchsticks. Winds are whipping up at a startling rate, and the tornado seems to be moving fast in this direction – appearing even closer than it actually is. This situation would be enough to strike fear into the hearts of most, yet for storm chasers it’s all in a day’s work – and just some of what they go through on a regular basis. We spoke to Mike Hollingshead, who has his own fantastic website, about what life chasing tornadoes is like.


Image: Mike Hollingshead

Most of the images shown here of a tornado forming were taken on June 20, 2011, in Bradshaw, Nebraska. We asked Mike Hollingshead if he knew in advance that this location would give such great shots of the twister and how he came across it.

“Actually at the time I did not expect there to even be a tornado before it crossed the highway and my location,” he reveals. “Then it formed fairly unexpectedly and I really never had much time to figure anything.”

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