My friend (and commenter on this blog) Alaina lives in Eastern New Mexico, where the prairie meets the desert. Severe storms and tornadoes are a common occurrence in her part of the country in the spring. She sent me these unbelievable pictures on Twitter. I am including her words in the captions of this incredible moment. I would have been so scared I doubt I could have held the camera steady, or even had the presence of mind to take photos at all!
While driving in eastern NM last week we saw this storm tracker beside the road watching the sky…..
…We drove to a nearby truck stop. I got out of the car and took pictures of the storm cloud…
Suddenly a wall of dust and debris was whirling all around us!
We were standing directly under a supercell, inside the vortex of a weak mesocyclone approx. 200′ wide!
I would say Alaina was very lucky! But what a fantastic opportunity to take some amazing photos.