May 5, 2014 3:01 pmLast Updated: June 4, 2017 1:21 pm
A rare, close-range photo of a non-supercellular tornado, filled with swirling dirt, grinding across a farm road in western Kansas on May 8, 2008. Extreme weather photographer Jim Reed captured this image within 150 feet of the twister. The award-winning image is the official photo of the 2012 Extreme Weather Congress in Hamburg, Germany. (Jim Reed)
Documenting record-setting storms for more than 20 years, Jim Reed is a premier storm chaser and extreme weather photographer. His work has been published by National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
Reed is “one of the world’s most pioneering and accomplished” extreme weather photographers, according to the biography on his website. He was invited to the White House in 2009 to discuss photography with the White House chief photographer Pete Souza.
His website tells the story of his childhood fascination: “In 1969, when Jim was eight years old, he and his mother unwittingly drove through the outer bands of Hurricane Camille while returning from a family vacation to Florida. By age 11, Jim was shooting home movies of nature’s wrath.”