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May 21, 2008


Here's some amazing video of an insane ardent weather photographer chasing a tornado in western Kansas a couple of weeks ago. It gets more amazing as it goes along.

(Thanks to Mr. Ridley Pearson)


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*walks along top of split-rail fence*
*humms "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" softly to himself*


and YAY Ridley!

Oh. My. God.

The deer had more sense.

dad: "hey son, do you feel like playing catch in the backyard?"

son: "nope."

dad: "okay, do you feel like chasing a massive tornado and placing ourselves in great peril instead?"

son: "cool!"

-Look, all I'm saying is don't fold the maps.
-I didn't fold the maps.
-Yeah, well Kansas is a mess, there's a big crease right through Wichita. ROLL the maps.

Ever been in a movie theater where the audience participates by saying things like "Don't open that door!" or "Load the gun if you are going to carry it!"?

This video is sort of like that. My phrase was "Get back in the car and drive!"

"C'mon. We're going after that tornado."

"You mean 'away from' that tornado, right?"

"No, after it. Here. Hold the camera and don't stop filming, NO MATTER WHAT."

"You know, I was thinking, maybe I should drive for awhile."

Holy Sh*#! And that's what it looked like too! Did the photographer break the tornado when he ran intoi at the end? Wow....

Ahhhh Kansas.

Home sweet tornadic home.

We hate the crease. Makes it hard to get across town or to Oklahoma...but that's okay.

Running into a tornado is exactly the kind of thing my mother always told me never to do.

This gets my vote for coolest post of the day. WOW

Okay, very cool...but did his wife whack him one when he got home and their son told her where Dad had taken him?

Wow! What funnel!

I don't know if that's guts or crazy.

That guy is a lunatic.

You say tornado, I say tor-nah-do, you say potato, I say po-tah-to, let's call the whole thing off...

Jim Reed has some amazing pics and video. Check out anything else of his. Great stuff!

All that was missing was the shot into the side-view mirror with the "OBJECTS IN MIRROR MAY BE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR" warning.

Oh, and the shot where the guy running up to the tornado suddenly gets sucked up off the ground and starts spinning around the outside of the tornado, yelling "WHEEEEEEEE!" every time he comes around...

Yeah, and where was Helen Hunt?

"Wow, the tornado stopped just for US! Think I'll get out and get closer!"

"Wow, the great white shark stopped just for US! I'll just jump in the water and and get it's picture...wait here son."

"Wow, there's a blizzard up ahead of us, but come on son...let's get up to the top of Mt. Everest!

"Wow, this stingray is just a very gentle creature, think I'll get right over the top...."

Dad? Dad?

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