"Landspout Tornado, Western Kansas, 2008" - A rare, close-range photo of a non-supercellular tornado, filled with swirling dirt, grinding across a farm road in western Kansas on May 8, 2008. Extreme weather photographer Jim Reed captured this image within 150 feet of the twister. The award-winning image is the official photo of the 2012 Extreme Weather Congress in Hamburg, Germany.
Before the movie “Twister,” before the Discovery Channel started running specials on storm chasers, before the channel even existed, Jim Reed was fascinated with weather. He has been photographing the weather for 21 years, but it all started when he was a kid growing up in Illinois.