The scene might have been considered serene if it weren't for the tornado [ http://www.tornadoproject.com/faq/faq.htm ]. Last June in Kansas [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas ], storm chaser Eric Nguyen [ http://www.mesoscale.ws/biography/ ] photographed this budding twister in a different light -- the light of a rainbow [ http://eo.ucar.edu/rainbows/ ]. Pictured above [ http://www.mesoscale.ws/pictures/tornadic/ ], a white tornado cloud descends from a dark storm cloud. The Sun [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/sun.html ], peeking through a clear patch of sky to the left, illuminates some buildings in the foreground. Sunlight reflects off raindrops to form a rainbow [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap010704.html ]. By coincidence, the tornado [ http://www.tornadoproject.com/myths/myths.htm ] appears to end right over the rainbow [ http://www.reelclassics.com/Musicals/Wizoz/rainbow-lyrics.htm ]. Streaks in the image are hail being swept about by the high swirling winds. Over 1,000 tornadoes, the most violent type of storm [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050120.html ] known, occur on Earth [ http://www.tornadoproject.com/alltorns/world.htm ] every year, many in tornado alley. If you see a tornado [ http://www.tornadoproject.com/safety/safety.htm ] while driving, do not try to outrun it -- park your car safely, go to [ http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html ] a storm cellar, or crouch under steps in a basement.
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Eric Nguyen [ mailto: Nguyen at mesoscale dot ws ] (Oklahoma U. [ http://weather.ou.e ]), www.mesoscale.ws
Eric Nguyen [ mailto: Nguyen at mesoscale dot ws ] (Oklahoma U. [ http://weather.ou.edu/~nguyen/ ]), www.mesoscale.ws