On Saturday, storm chasers converged on a dangerous but beautiful tornado in the town of Wray, Colo.
Famed chaser Reed Timmer got extra close to the vortex and captured the astonishing video above. He’s so close, you feel as if you can reach out and touch the swirling cloud of dust and debris while watching.
Timmer occasionally angles the camera up toward the cloud, offering an intimidating vertical perspective of the towering funnel.
USTornadoes.com notes that the geography of eastern Colorado lends itself to such violent storms. “Thanks to the elevation of the High Plains, plus the natural rising air which aids convection due to upslope flow as that elevation is gained, eastern Colorado is prime grounds for big stuff from little ingredients,” it says.
Below, find more spectacular views of this photogenic twister:
Tornado north of Wray, Colorado. pic.twitter.com/2TjMCrOHZ2
— Sean Schofer (@SeanSchofer) May 8, 2016
— Jeff Piotrowski (@Jeff_Piotrowski) May 8, 2016
— Mike DeLange (@SeeMikeChase) May 8, 2016
— Tori O'Shea (@_TorinadOShea_) May 8, 2016
We just intercepted a mean tornado near Wray, CO. Took out a house. We checked & they're okay… Chase over. pic.twitter.com/s1A3llbQM4
— Christian Cleary (@monsoon_madness) May 8, 2016