The guy in the blue shirt, left of the giant tornado, is Brian Barnes. A tornado almost killed him in 1993, when he was on the way to his high school prom. He has also been struck by lightning. Barnes chases storms and runs an extreme-weather tour company.
Sean Casey also appeared on "Storm Chasers." He built two armored trucks, called Tornado Intercept Vehicles, to drive into the center of tornadoes. That's almost definitely better than doing it in a Prius.
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Do it for the Instagram pics
This tourist from London is seen casually posing in front of a monster storm outside of Hemmingford, Nebraska.
This cloud is called a haboob. A haboob is a cloud of dust kicked up by high winds, and standing inside of one can feel like being pelted with a million flying needles. Storm chaser Scott Wood set up the camera to capture this terrifying oncoming storm.
Holding an umbrella in a storm is difficult enough. Doing that while adjusting the shutter speed, focus and ISO on a camera is another thing entirely. This photo was taken by storm chaser Mike Kirk of his son and storm-chasing partner Shane, whose photography focuses on lightning.
Greg McCown is a real estate agent by day and a storm chaser by night. He tried for seven years to photograph a lightning bolt and a rainbow in the same image. McCown used a lightning shutter trigger on his camera to capture the moment.