When the heavens open: The powerful swirling clouds that gather before forming formidable tornadoes
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 14 July 2013
At up to 50 miles wide and 65,000ft tall these supercell storms are devastatingly beautiful, as they form over the central states in the U.S.
This stunning set of images were taken by Native American Camille Seaman, as she joined storm chasers for the peak tornado season in May and June, over four years.
She said the super cells ‘were so large that they had the capability of blocking all daylight making it very dark and ominous standing under them’.
Monster: A supercell forms over farm buildings during the storm season
Eye catching: Odd shaped clouds frame the Sun
The photographer, who lives in Emeryville, California, risked her life taking the pictures of the gathering storm clouds, which can produce hail the size of grapefruit.
Her fascination with storms developed as a child, according to the TED blog.
Her grandfather, from the Shinnecock tribe
, pointed to the sky on a hot day and said, ‘Look, do you see that? That’s part of you up there. That’s your water that helps to make the cloud that becomes the rain that feeds the plants that feeds the animals.’
Her project The Big Cloud: The Lovely Monster captures the drama of the majestic storms.
Oppressive: Grey swirling clouds stand out on the flat expanse of farm land
Dark side: A dramatic shift in light can be seen as this storm gathers over a field
: Day seemingly turns to night as menacing clouds gather on the horizon
Touch down: A super cell
looms close to the ground
Swept up: The sky looks as if it is being sucked into the menacing body of this supercell storm
Bruised: Clouds look like they have been stained with blue and purple ink as a storm forms over this dusty road
Electric: Lighting is obscured by storm clouds as the supercell forms near an electricity pole
Swirls: The blues and grays of the storm clouds contrast with the lush pastures below
Texture: Bubbling purple clouds swell in the sky during storm season
Chase: A supercell races across the flat expanse of land
Dramatic: Car lights can be seen in the distance as a huge swirling storm mass gathers over a road
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