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Feb 27, 2009
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Never got around to writing anything up for this day. The tornado in the foreground was kicking up a dust whirl for a minute or so. Second and Third tornado of the day. I had my mother with me for this trip and she got to witness her first tornadoes. It was a bit of a Mother's day gift since she had always wanted to tag along. I told her this is like going fishing for the first time and landing a 5 lb bass.

 
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Awesome perspective and photo, Joshua! So far, I think I've only seen one or two other images of that spinup along the gust front of the Sanford tornado (assuming that's the 'Sanford' tornado in the background). That's such a cool view of the dynamics on that storm.
 
May 25, 2012
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What a beautiful shot. Thanks so much for posting. At the moment this photo was taken, we were sitting directly under the RFD gust front on 156. I was focused on the Sanford tornado, but also on the lookout for little spinups in the gf. I totally missed this and never knew it occurred. How long did the foreground spinup last?
 
Feb 27, 2009
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There was a good dust whirl under it for only a minute or so. I'm always torn about positioning... whether to get close or stay back, but this worked out well. It was an awesome sight!
 
I had yet to see a third tornado from this day, this is the first media that confirms it from other reports I had heard... just incredible look as there's barely any damn updraft to that thing. This day was beyond exceptional and of course Great Shot!
 

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Beautiful shot! Love the colours and drama! Wish we saw more action like that up here in Canada!