2005 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Carsten Peter

National Geographic

29 May, 2001

Warning sirens howl as an intense storm develops a strong rotation. In the end it produced only a very brief F1 tornado (on a scale of F0 to F5). 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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