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Tornado Touchdowns over green farm field in the North Texas Panhandle May 5th. 1993 15 miles NE of Gruver Texas © A. T. Willett photographer

This is the first good shot of the Gruver tornado, where we stopped at the first clearing to shoot for about 4 minutes, there was a dense layer of extremely humid air which almost created a hazy fog like appearance. The "stove pipe" (shape) was about ten minutes after this shot. This tornado caused extensive damage in Oklahoma and Kansas although no deaths were reported with this storm. There are four other versions of this tornado. May 5th 1993 approximately 6:38pm CST. Also know as the Hitchland Tornado.

Tornado, Large white "stove pipe" (shape) Tornado 15 miles North East of Gruver Texas over green wheat farm field. Photographed from the window of a moving truck with windmill and farm house to show scale of this tornado rated F3 on the Fujita scale. This tornado caused extensive damage in Oklahoma and Kansas although no deaths were reported with this storm. There are four other versions of this tornado is the medium view when the tornado was in a stove pipe shape it transformed into wedge shape10 minutes after this image. Keywords Willett and Tornado to see other images of this same tornado or keyword Lightningsmiths to see my other tornado and severe weather images. May 5th 1993 approximately 6:53pm CST.

Tornado, Large white "stove pipe" (shape) Tornado 15 miles North East of Gruver Texas over green wheat farm field. Photographed from the window of a moving truck with windmill and farm house to show scale of this tornado rated F3 on the Fujita scale. This tornado caused extensive damage in Oklahoma and Kansas although no deaths were reported with this storm. There are four other versions of this tornado is the medium view when the tornado was in a stove pipe shape it transformed into wedge shape10 minutes after this image. May 5th 1993 approximately 6:53pm CST.

Dark Stormy Sky with big Tornado  over wheat field 30 miles NE of Gruver Texas
Tornado, Large white "Wedge" (shape) Tornado 30 miles North East of Gruver Texas over green wheat farm field. Photographed from the window of a moving truck with windmill and farm house to show scale of this tornado rated F3 on the Fujita scale. This tornado caused extensive damage in Oklahoma and Kansas although no deaths were reported with this storm. There are four other versions of this tornado is the wide view when the tornado was in a wedge shape it transformed into wedge shape10 minutes after this image. May 5th 1993 approximately 7:06 pm CST. We stopped for about 4 minutes to shoot these and then were cut off when the road ended and had to back track 35 miles to see this tornado which tracked into the Oklahoma Panhandle rope out an disapate after being on the ground for 40 minutes. Its was also know as the Hitchland Tornado. Next view is the close up shot.

Close up photograph of the Gruver Texas Tornado after it becase wedge shapped around 7:10 pm CST May 5th. 1993 by Photographer A. T. Willett © 1993

Tornado, Large white " Wedge Close Up " (shape) Tornado 35 miles North East of Gruver Texas over green farm field with Zimmatic Feild Watering system. Photographed from the window of a moving truck with windmill and farm house to show scale of this tornado rated F3 on the Fujita scale. This tornado caused extensive damage in Oklahoma and Kansas although no deaths were reported with this storm. There are four other versions of this tornado this is close up wedge view when the tornado was in a wedge shape. May 5th 1993 approximately 7:06 pm CST. We stopped for about 4 minutes to shoot these and then were cut off when the road ended and had to back track 35 miles to see this tornado which tracked into the Oklahoma Panhandle rope out an disapate after being on the ground for 40 minutes. Its was also know as the Hitchland Tornado. Next tornado is the Laverne Oklahoma from 1991 which was the first tornado I saw after chasing storms for three years.

Large Tornado for over open country just southwest of Laverne Oklahoma. Shot from highway 270 looking north the tornado was about 1/4 mile away and approximately 10 miles from Laverne. This tornado was rated at F3 on the fujita scale damaged houses power poles electric lines cars and truck and injured a few people as it grazed the southern part of Laverne Oklahoma damage was limited. May 15th 1991.

Large Tornado for over open country just Southwest of Laverne Oklahoma. Shot from highway 270 looking north the tornado was about 1/4 mile away and approximately 10 miles from Laverne. This tornado was rated at F3 on the Fujita scale, damaging houses, power poles, electric lines, cars and truck and injured a few people as it grazed the southern part of Laverne Oklahoma, damage was limited. May 15th 1991.
Large Tornado for over open country just Southwest of Laverne Oklahoma. Shot from highway 270 looking north the tornado was about 1/4 mile away and approximately 10 miles from Laverne. This tornado was rated at F3 on the Fujita scale, damaging houses, power poles, electric lines, cars and truck and injured a few people as it grazed the southern part of Laverne Oklahoma, damage was limited. May 15th 1991.
Wide angle view of Large Tornado for over open country just Southwest of Laverne Oklahoma. Shot from highway 270 looking north the tornado was about 1/4 mile away and approximately 10 miles from Laverne. This tornado was rated at F3 on the Fujita scale, damaging houses, power poles, electric lines, cars and truck and injured a few people as it grazed the southern part of Laverne Oklahoma, damage was limited. May 15th 1991.
Tight shot of rope tornado seven miles Southeast of McLean Texas This torando was rated F1 to F2 and was on the ground for eight to ten minutes A very large tornado came out of this very same thunderstorm and crossed Interstate 40 Freeway east of Amarillo Texas destroying several semi trucks and cars on the interstate freeway.
Tight shot of rope tornado seven miles Southeast of McLean Texas This torando was rated F1 to F2 and was on the ground for eight to ten minutes A very large tornado came out of this very same thunderstorm and crossed Interstate 40 Freeway east of Amarillo Texas destroying several semi trucks and cars on the interstate freeway.
Survivors of Saragosa Texas Tornado return to where their house stood the day before with only the night clothes on their back. Members of the Lopez family, mother grandmother and daughters. There was nothing remaining of their home, but they survived. This was taken at dawn the morning after, they came out to survey the damage. The tornado hit Saragosa Texas May 22, 1987 at 8:15pm. You can see sheet metal wrapped in the shreaded tree trunks. Most home were scraped clean only the foundation and floors remained. Saragosa was home to 187 people in this small farming community, 121 were injured and 30 people were killed. The tornado was rated F4 on the Fujita scale with wind speeds over 200 miles per hour, creating devestating damage.
Survivors of Saragosa Texas tornado return to where their house stood the day before with only the night clothes on their back. Members of the Lopez family, mother, grandmother and daughters. There was nothing remaining of their home, but they survived. This was taken at dawn the morning after, they came out to survey the damage. The tornado hit Saragosa Texas May 22, 1987 at 8:15pm. You can see sheet metal wrapped in the shreaded tree trunks. Most homes were swept away by winds over 200 miles per hour only the foundation and floors remained from the EF F-4 Rated Tornado. Saragosa was home to 187 people in this small farming community, 121 were injured and more than 30 people were killed. The tornado was rated F4 on the Fujita scale with wind speeds over 200 miles per hour, creating devestating damage.
EF F4 Tornado Debris Kitchen Fork Driven into Shreaded tree trunk at the Saragosa Texas tornado disaster 1987 by Photographer A. T. Willett
EF F4 Tornado Debris A common kitchen fork driven into a shredded tree trunk by winds near 250 miles per hour. This was found at the Saragosa Texas tornado disaster which killed more than 30 people. A woman who had survived the tornado in her closet pointed this out to me in her back yard the day after the deadly Saragosa tornado. This tornado was rated an F4 on the Fujita scale and had winds over 200 miles per hour creating devastating damage to this tiny farming community of 187 people, 121 injured. This tornado took place at 8:15pm, May, 22, 1987. Hardly a structure was left standing as the tornado swept through town, leveling an area approximately one mile long and two miles wide.
 
Rescued Momentos from Saragosa Tornado Disaster 1987 by photographer A. T. Willett
Graduation photos and baseball trophies which have been saved from the mud and twisted debris on the trunk of Buick still parked in the car port, the house was gone down to the slab . This tornado was rated an F4 on the Fujita scale and had winds over 200 miles per hour creating devastating damage to this tiny farming community of 187 people, 121 injured. This tornado took place at 8:15pm, May, 22, 1987. Hardly a structure was left standing as the tornado swept through town, leveling an area approximately one mile long and two miles wide.
 
 
Statue of Jesus and other religious items recovered from the debris of the Killer Saragosa Texas Tornado. 187 people lived in this small farming community 121 were injured and 30 people were killed. This was the site of the local church which was completely leveled destroyed when the two full size Ford Pickup trucks were thrown through the Church. The tornado was rated F4 on the Fujita scale with wind speed over 200 miles per hour. This image was taken at dawn of the day after. The tornado hit Saragosa Texas May 22, 1987 at 8:15pm.
Statue of Jesus and other religious items recovered from the debris of the Killer Saragosa Texas Tornado. 187 people lived in this small farming community 121 were injured and 30 people were killed. This was the site of the local church which was completely leveled destroyed when the two full size Ford Pickup trucks were thrown through the Church. The tornado was rated F4 on the Fujita scale with wind speed over 200 miles per hour. This image was taken at dawn of the day after. The tornado hit Saragosa Texas May 22, 1987 at 8:15pm.
Rope Tornado NE of McClain Texas 1997 over green field of wheat by photographer A. T. Willett © 1997
Tornado 008 This tornado is a digital composite of real tornado elements the tornado is a rope tornado which touched down North East of McClean Texas and the foreground image is from a wheat field in the North Texas Panhandle about 25 miles from there.
Wizzard of OZ like tornado coming out of turbulent dark and stormy sky Kansas Plains by Photographer A. T. Willett © 1999
Ominus turbulent Wizzard of Oz like tornado on wicked looking sky located in the central plains Kansas USA North America
Cumulonimbus Clouds in tornado producing supercell thunderstorm over Anthony Kansas USA. Storm tops near 60,000 feet.
Cumulonimbus Clouds in tornado producing supercell thunderstorm over Anthony Kansas USA. Storm tops near 60,000 feet. This storm produced a F1 tornado near Anthony Kansas about 25 miles away under this supercell. Supercells of this type are common in Tornado Alley during the spring and summer months, they cause minor to major damage depending on the severity of the storms. This image is one that is available as a fine art print.
Cumulonimbus Clouds in tornado producing supercell thunderstorm over Anthony Kansas USA. Storm tops near 60,000 feet. Supercells of this type are common in Tornado Alley during the spring and summer months, they cause minor to major damage depending on the severity of the storms
Cumulonimbus Clouds in tornado producing supercell thunderstorm over Anthony Kansas USA. Storm tops near 60,000 feet. This storm produced a F1 tornado near Anthony Kansas about 25 miles away under this supercell. Supercells of this type are common in Tornado Alley. That day there were four huge supercells which went verticlay across the State of Kansas they later tunred into a huge Squaline Thunderstorm.  This image is one that is available as a fine art print.
Ominous Tornado producing Supercell thunderstorm looms over US Highway 270 looking east toward small town of Laverne Oklahoma, located in the Oklahoma Panhandle region. These are Cumulonimbus clouds and are associated with severe dangerous thunderstorms. A tornado of F3 capacity was produced by this storm a few minutes after this photograph was taken. Storm tops on this storm were around 60,000 feet high, edge of the stratosphere. The tornado grazed Lavern Oklahoma causing damage and a few serious injuries.
Ominous Tornado producing Supercell thunderstorm looms over US Highway 270 looking east toward small town of Laverne Oklahoma, located in the Oklahoma Panhandle region. These are Cumulonimbus clouds and are associated with severe dangerous thunderstorms. A tornado of F3 capacity was produced by this storm a few minutes after this photograph was taken. It was too beautiful of a storm I had to pull to the side of the road and shoot this photograph with a 20mm lens on Fuji Velvia, the clouds reflect light into the road and also there are leading power lines and fences which show in the fine art print. Storm tops on this storm were around 60,000 feet high, edge of the stratosphere. The tornado grazed Lavern Oklahoma causing damage and a few serious injuries. This image is one that is available as a fine art print.
Tornado Ropes out Near McClain Texas South of Interstate 40 by photographer A. T. Willett
Rope Tornado SE McLean Texas in the North Texas Panhandle
 
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A. T Willett at Dusk Showers Point in the Catalina Mountains North of Tucson. Showers point is the place where I was almost stuck by lighting not on this day but another time I was showing someone the View from up there and lighting was hitting about five miles away. I said we can go take a look but the lighting is getting close we will have to leave really quick. Showers Point is a cluster of rocks in the Catalina mountains which is about 150 Feet above the forest, the highest point around for two miles. I could see the lightning bolt from the storm come right toward us, right over our heads and then strike behind us on Mount Bigelow. When the bolt went over head the charge built up in the rock bellow us, I could feel the charge come up from the rocks, flow up through my body and the air around my face got really hot. "Geeeeezzzzeeee we almost got struck", I said, I had my car keys in my hand and spare change in my pocket (both mistakes for being around lighting). We climbed down and got back to the car really quickly. Way too close for me.
 
 
 
 
 

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Large White Tornado 15 miles NE of Gruver Texas over green wheat field shot from the window of a moving truck windmill and farm house show scale of Tornado rated F3 on the Fujita scale. This tornado destroyed a large farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle no deaths or serious injuries reported with this storm. This tornado lasted about 40 minutes and mostly passed over open pastures.
A tornado winds down into a very thin rope, NE of McClean Texas 1997
Close up of a tornado tube with swirling vapor long rope tornado, NE of McClean Texas
Large tornado approaches Laverne Oklahoma rated F3 on the Fujita scale May 15th. 1991 This tornado slightly grazed the southern part of Laverne causing damage to several home and power poles, a few people were seriously injured although no deaths were reported from this storm.
Kitchen fork driven into tree trunk by killer Saragosa Texas Tornado, Storm killed 33 people in this small farming town of just over 200 people. Note the shredded tree trunk that was done by this tornado which was rated at F4 on the Fujita Scale, winds over 200 miles per hour.
Large F-3 rated tornado near Laverne Oklahoma May 15th 1991, this tornado slightly grazed the southern part of Laverne causing damage to several home and power poles, a few people were seriously injured although no deaths were reported from this storm.
Large F-3 rated tornado near Laverne Oklahoma May 15th 1991, this tornado slightly grazed the southern part of Laverne causing damage to several home and power poles, a few people were seriously injured although no deaths were reported from this storm.
Digital tornado composite photograph from real tornado elements
Large cone forms and begins swirling dust on the ground this is the first image of the tornado forming which later became an F-3 rated tornado near Laverne Oklahoma May 15th 1991, this tornado slightly grazed the southern part of Laverne causing damage to several home and power poles, a few people were seriously injured although no deaths were reported from this storm.
Swirling dust cloud on the ground as tornado begin to take shape forming a large F-3 rated tornado near Laverne Oklahoma May 15th 1991. This tornado slightly grazed the southern part of Laverne causing damage to several home and power poles, a few people were seriously injured although no deaths were reported from this storm.
This image shows the weakening tornado as it just crosses the southern edge of Laverne Oklahoma. It has probably dropped to F2 strength at this point, May 15th 1991, this tornado slightly grazed the southern part of Laverne causing damage to several home and power poles, a few people were seriously injured although no deaths were reported from this storm.
     

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