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Northwest storm chaser gets incredible shots of Colorado supercell thunderstorm

Photo courtesy: Michael Snyder

It's spring, and that means it's severe weather season in the Midwest.

And it also means it's prime time for storm chasers to head out into the plains in search of that amazing photo or video.

Michael Snyder of Normandy Park, Washington is one storm chaser who doesn't let living in one of the most anemic severe weather regions in the nation get in the way of his quest for storm photos.

"After watching weather models for about a week and organizing things at work, I flew into Denver from Seattle for the first storm chase of the 2017 season," Snyder said. "My initial target for storms on the day was down south around Lamar, Colorado. Some of the models had been showing some activity just east of Denver, but conditions looked best in the SE portion of the state."

The storms weren't' really amounting to much, with two that looked promising fizzling before getting into anything noteworthy.

Now all that remained was a few thunderstorms to the SE of Lamar. These two storms were producing a decent amount of lightning so I decided to go up on the highest hill I could find and maybe get some lightning shots," he said.

But he said as the storm grew closer, he could start to make out some of the storm's structure.

"The lightning started to pick up and a huge shelf cloud was becoming more and more visible," he said. "I was admittedly getting excited at this point, as the storm was quite photogenic. We had frequent cloud to ground lightning, some heavy rain and small hail, but the story of the day was the magnificent colors combined with the storm placing itself almost perfectly over the giant wind turbines at the Lamar wind farm.

"The rest is best said by the pictures themselves!"

Indeed! And what incredible photos they are!


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