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Running towards a raging twister might seem insane to most people but for one artist, such perils are all in a day's work.

Encountering hundreds of tornadoes, super-cell thunderstorms and hailstorms that have produced icy orbs twice the size of a softball, Jim's pictures are breathtaking.

Unlike other so-called 'storm chasers', who are often labelled adrenaline junkies for their obsessive pursuit of extreme weather, Jim is driven by his love for art and his interaction with nature by documenting the unpredictable changes in weather and climate.

'You might ask, 'What's the difference, really?', the 48-year-old who lives in South Carolina said.

'I don't chase anything really. What I do is about preparation, evaluation, second-guessing and forecasting.

'And if you're a pro or if you're a Storm Chaser that has pride you want to be out in the field before that storm warning is ever issued.'

Jim's professionalism and dedication is reflected in his meticulous planning for each shoot.

'The day before a potential event, I'm looking at the computer models, maps and data just like any weatherman on TV does,' explains Jim.

'That part is a lot of science, but once I get there, it becomes a lot more artful. I'm out there interpreting the sky and observing the landscape. That helps me decide which camera and lens I want to use.

Storm chaser Jim Reed has narrowly escaped death twice in his pursuit of the perfect stormy shot.

His experiences have been brought together in the revised and expanded version of his award-winning photo book, 'Storm Chaser: A Photographer's Journey.'

The awe-inspiring images chronicle Reed's travels through more than 2,000 U.S. counties documenting some of America's most deadly and spectacular weather.

'Storm Chaser includes the most memorable photos and experiences of 17 years of photographing wild weather,' said Reed.

'These experiences have shaped and changed my life.'

Re-released in June of this year, the book documents 17 hurricanes, including Hurricanes Charley in 2004, Katrina in 2005 and Ike in 2008.

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jerickteng , 6 years ago

Tornadoes are very dangerous. It can ruin infrastructures and killed hundreds of people.But I fascinated to the bravery of storm chasers during this catastrophic scene. these disasters also bring out a special breed of rip-off artist that preys the traumatized and financially-strained sufferers of the tragedies. If you need help paying for emergency fixes, get an installment loan at

redfox14 , 10 years ago

Yeah, I don't think I'd just sit there in the car. I'D BE OUT OF THERE!!!

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