A Storm-Chaser Took These Stunning Close-Up Photographs Of A Supercell Thunderstorm

Stephen Locke went nose-to-nose with a storm to take these wonderful images.

1. This is the rotating updraft base of a supercell thunderstorm, photographed in Kansas in May 2014.

Stephen Locke / Barcroft

2. Supercells, also known as rotating thunderstorms, are the least common type of thunderstorm.

Stephen Locke / Barcroft

3. They can also be severe.

Stephen Locke / Barcroft

4. This supercell formed south of the city of Climax, and lasted for two hours.

Stephen Locke / Barcroft

5. Professional storm chaser Stephen Locke took this series of photos.

Stephen Locke / Barcroft

6. “Kansas is often regarded as fly-over country, with nothing interesting to see,” he said in a press release.

Stephen Locke / Barcroft

7. “But I have discovered that Kansas and other Great Plains offer something unique – supercell thunderstorms, the most powerful storms over land.”

Stephen Locke / Barcroft

8. “They have now become the focus of my stills and motion pictures.”

Stephen Locke / Barcroft

9. You can see more of John Locke’s storm photography on his website.

Stephen Locke / Barcroft

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