*To clarify first and foremost: there were not three tornadoes on the ground at the same time. As stated in the title, this is a composite
On April 9th, 2011, *INTOtheRFD
and I chased the storm that went on to produce the Mapleton, IA tornado (the first substantial town of the season to be hit, setting the tone for the months to come). It was absolutely surreal to pull over and shoot this tornado in absolute silence, accompanied by the occasional flickers of lightning. The only sound I recall was the distant "ooh"s and "whoa!"s of another group of chasers. These three images were taken over the course of about 2 minutes. I overlaid the images in order to show how the shape of this tornado near Arthur, IA evolved.
Please tell me what you think!