2005 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Carsten Peter

National Geographic

12 June, 2003

Tornado chaser Anton Seimon at work.

Tornadoes rank among the Earth's most violent natural occurrences, yet no-one fully understands how they work. Chasing tornadoes for science requires skilled forecasts, plenty of stamina—and an ability to get out of the way quickly.

About the photographer

Carsten Peter

Carsten Peter is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, and specializes in going to extremes: scuba diving in a glacier on Mont Blanc, crossing the Sahara on a ca...

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