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Video: Breathtaking funnel cloud time lapse from Topeka, Kansas

If you’ve never understood why people storm chase, the mesmerizing scene in the video below may just open your eyes....

The credit goes to storm chaser/photographer Chad Cowen. This is one of the most visually stunning examples of storm chasing photography I’ve ever seen. Here’s the description from YouTube:

On May 21, 2011, storm chaser/photographer Chad Cowan documented this extremely photogenic supercell in northeast Kansas. In the first part of the video, the wall cloud and funnel(s) were directly over downtown Topeka, and it appeared that Topeka was about to take a direct hit. Luckily, the storm did not produce a tornado until it was northeast of town. After the sun set, Chad dropped south and documented a storm that had developed near Emporia, which produced an EF-3 tornado in the town of Reading where it destroyed over 20 houses. The final shot in this video is of that storm approaching and blacking out the horizon.

Hat tip: Ian Livingston

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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