Roswell, N.M., thunderstorm at sunset. (Jody Miller)

A supercell approaches our position near Roswell, N.M. (Jody Miller)

For the past three years, photographer Jody Miller has been traveling across the Midwest chasing the formation of thunderstorms, specifically “supercells” that spawn tornadoes. This dramatic meeting of atmosphere with the land has been a source of fascination for Miller all her life. A photographer for over 35 years, Miller has only been chasing storms for a few years, focusing on the United States’ “Tornado Alley,” which roughly comprises “central Texas, northward to northern Iowa, and from central Kansas and Nebraska east to western Ohio,” according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. With monsoon season approaching states in the American Southwest, Miller shares some of her stunning photographs from Roswell, N.M., to Colorado and farther west to California.

“The energy and vibrancy of these storms and the incredible light they produce is joyous to me, not scary, although one must exercise common sense prudence around these magnificent weather systems. Several of these images emerged from just one storm that we followed for three or four hours near Roswell, N.M.,” Miller said.


A wall cloud descends in northern Nebraska. (Jody Miller)

A mid-day thunderstorm near Haswell, Colo. (Jody Miller)

A mid-day sandstorm in Death Valley, Calif. (Jody Miller)

A strong thunderstorm and faint rainbow in Kansas. (Jody Miller)

A thunderstorm dwarfs the plains in southeastern Colorado. (Jody Miller)

A flooded field after a downpour in eastern Colorado. (Jody Miller)

The Roswell storm as it recedes from our location. (Jody Miller)

A dust storm in Owens Valley, Calif. (Jody Miller)

A wall cloud drifts past our location in rural New Mexico. (Jody Miller)

A sandstorm in Death Valley, Calif. (Jody Miller)

Driftwood in a field in eastern Colorado. (Jody Miller)

A supercell forms a huge halo over the Colorado desert. (Jody Miller)

Cloudburst in southern Kansas. (Jody Miller)