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FUNNEL VISION, a novel about storm chasers by Chris Kridler

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Want to learn more about what chasing is really like? My first experience was with Cloud 9 Tours in 1997. You can read a detailed, journal-like article I wrote about it if you click here.

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1997 and before

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Mallory Square in Key West, Florida, is legendary for its views of sunsets. This photo was taken in 1988. Above is a gust front, menacing some bovines (we've got cows!), that ripped through the Oklahoma panhandle in May 1997. I was with the Cloud 9 Tours group; we heard a tornado siren as this storm went through but weren't convinced that it had spawned a twister.




I barely caught this tornado on video north of Clarendon, Texas, on May 7, 1997. Hey, it ain't great, but it's a tornado. A little later during the same storm, the sun set behind the wall cloud.




A 1997 storm in the Texas panhandle created these wonderful mammatus clouds at sunset ... ... and the cloud-to-cloud lightning sprung out of a storm nearby.




Even Maryland occasionally produces a good lightning storm ... ... and I happened to have my video camera with me when these bolts lit up the sky on August 17, 1997.




On a relatively calm day in the spring of 1997, a few of us ended up chasing rainbows. It may look like nuclear war, but it's a storm as seen from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico on July 4, 1991.


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