April 23rd, 2014 brought me to Wellington, TX with an SPC probability of 5% for the day. Storms started to initiate a little further to the west near Memphis and had a bit of rotation in it and a good amount of large hail. I had met the storm about halfway, and at one point there was just enough organization that a wall cloud had developed producing a nice lowering. I ended up on the west side of Wellington, actually deciding to move out of the way before I got slammed in town by the heavy winds and rain. I raced quickly to the south, stopping just a few miles out of town and giving me a nice profile view of the storm to the north. That's where I captured this awesome image. It appeared as if the nose of the storm was reaching down and digging up the dirt and pushing it out. It was really cool to see the outflow pushing forward ahead of the storm all the while providing a nice crisp shot of the moving clouds together with the lines of the field leading directly to the subject of the photo. It was a great chase day that provided lots of photo opportunities, but this one really stuck out and that's why it's my number eight photo of the year.
Continuing with our countdown, the #9 slot goes to a photo named "Wyoming Glow". I captured this photo on May 31st, 2014 just north of the little Wyoming town of Chugwater. The day wasn't expected to produce much of anything, and the way storms were forming then dying due to the cap it seemed like it would be a total bust. After camping out on a storm just to the southeast for a good amount of time, another started to form and finally take hold. So, I moved to the north and sat and watched this beautiful supercell when suddenly a funnel started to take shape. I was beautifully backlit by the sun and took on an almost white appearance at the tip. It was the closest I would get to capturing a tornado this spring, and only the second one I've ever seen in Wyoming.
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