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Tornado in the Making | by Pat Kavanagh
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Tornado in the Making

I reposted this image in March 2016 in order to show more details using new programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop CC.



I climbed up on my roof-top to get this shot of a swirling cloud attempting to become a tornado. This was at its peak strength in this series of shots...eventually it moved off to the left leaving in its wake some rain and something to talk about the next day!


I took 4 shots as a "Vetorama" (Panorama from top to bottom) and stiched them together with additional tweaks in Photoshop. It was an amazing sight in this area which seldom ever sees Tornado's.



UPDATE: Well this image took off on the internet. It was listed on Flickr's Explore page where a fellow from Caters News saw it from England (Caters also manages National Geographic images in their stock division > it was picked up and published by 2 newspapers in Britain and eventually found its way to Australia, Philippines, Pakistan, Peru, and in Canada in Calgary, Saskatoon, Windsor, Ottawa, Edmonton and Montreal. My buddy who lives on a little island in the Indian Ocean called Mauritius - even had it published in their newspaper. The world is a small place!


Thank you to everyone for the nice comments.

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Taken on July 26, 2011