Storm chaser Kelly DeLay has captured a rare and stunning image showing two tornadoes spawned from a single, massive supercell last Thursday in Simla, Colorado.
At least eight tornadoes swept across Colorado on Thursday, including one that destroyed and/or damaged several homes, according to the Associated Press.
Delay's image clearly shows the twin twisters-the stronger of the two at the right-touching down beneath the towering supercell that pelted the region with hail.
On Monday, Delay offered a description of the event, and how he captured the image, to DL Cade of the photography website, 500-ISO:
"This was a beautiful storm, very large and powerful obviously. When I chase storms, I like to stay back for the most part so I can see structure. I am interested in the whole picture not just if it produces a tornado.
"Because of the road network, I chose to come up from the back side of the storm, which put me into the hail, BUT what a view! There is nickel to golfball-sized hail in every shot I took.
"From the moment I was on the storm, the cone tornado was on the ground, I chased up a dirt road that turned to mud. I was on the storm and close for about 30 minutes, then had to turn back because the road was so bad."
On Twitter DeLay used the description, “Image of a lifetime,” and so it seems to be.
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