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Violent Tornado Destruction Illustration | by Extreme WX Photographer
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Violent Tornado Destruction Illustration

This tornado picture is an illustration. That's right, it was made in a computer for a motion picture company who hired me as a tornado chasing, storm chasing expert and consultant. It is very unfortunate, but some fake tornado and storm pictures are often passed off as the real thing. Years ago one of my illustrations was "lifted" and used without my permission or knowledge by a major New York publication who even added their own, made-up caption. That caused me a lot of grief, so I no longer let any editorial client have access to our special effects collections. There is nothing wrong about creating computer generated images, like those in The Wizard of Oz or Twister, but it's important to make sure the "fakes" are never mistaken for real shots. I should also point out that actual storm chasing and tornado chasing is a lot more fun than sitting at a computer for hours creating digital storm and weather pictures.

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Taken on January 20, 2007