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Daily Digital Countdown: Mind-blowing tornadoes

Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Monday, February 3, 2014, 5:19 PM -

With an Arctic outflow descending upon British Columbia, frigid temperatures dominating the Prairies, and eastern Canada preparing for yet another winter storm -- it would be safe to say that Canadians have been counting down the days until summer for a few weeks now (today marks four months and 18 days...we can do this!).

But before we get too ahead of ourselves with our beach-filled, sun-kissed, afternoon marguerita-sipping daydreams, we have to remember that with summer also comes extreme weather.

Among the most dangerous is of course that violently rotating column of air that comes in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud: the tornado.

A tornado warning can happen at a moment's notice, at which point people need to take immediate shelter.

But that's not the way it works for a a seasoned storm chaser: In fact, it's just the opposite.

For them, a tornado warning means grab the camera, get in the car and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. 

In this digital countdown, we pay homage to five incredible tornado/supercell/storm photos, shot by five extremely brave weather enthusiasts.

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5. Incredible shot of a tornado in Campo, CO -- Photography by Max Live


Shot date: unknown. Check out Max Live's Facebook page for more incredible photos of nature's fury.

4. A bit too close for comfort. Supercell over Campo, CO. Shot by Brandon Goforth. Go to tornadotraditions.com for more incredible photos like these.

3. Meteorologist and extreme storm chaser, Reed Timmer, captured this stunning tornado in Oklahoma in 2007 on a low-precipitation storm. On his Instagram account, Timmer says there was hardly any rain, but baseball to softball sized hail was everywhere. See more of his work on tvnweather.com/ondemand or visit his Facebook page.

2. And we can't forget about our Prairie storms. Check these Saskatchewan storm clouds shot by Mark Duffy. Shot date: unknown.

1. If this one looks familiar, it's because we featured this insane photo a few months back on theweathernetwork.com. But, considering this was the first ever photographed tornado, and looks LIKE THIS - we'd say a it's worthy of a double take.

It is written that F.N. Robinson had observed the tornado from a street some 3 kilometres east of the storm track. 

Robinson - with the help of an assistant - set up cameras in the middle of a street intersection to capture one of four tornadoes that touched down over the southeastern corner of the Dakota Territory that fateful day. 

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