Stormchaser Mike Hollingshead drives thousands of miles to photograph extreme weather conditions. Come hell or high water, Hollingshead pays no heed to storm warnings, clocking up around 20,000 miles to capture shots of some 40 storms a year. Born in Nebraska in 1976, Mike went on his first storm chase east of town in 1999 - witnessing his first tornado. He never looked back.... Quitting his job in March 2004 at a local big corn milling plant, Mike started capturing the natural phenomena in pictures. Now, this foul-weather friend can safely say he has peered into the eye of the storm: tornadoes, twisters, typhoons, halos, light pillars, geomagnetic storm auroras, twilights supercells - he has seen them all. Mike says: "I'm often asked what was my favourite storm. After a lot of years and some truly crazy storms. It's just not possible to have an answer - so many different ones have blown my mind in different ways. "That is what I chase for. All the other levels of storms below the truly crazy ones, I just don't care a lot for anymore." And, by way of respite. As the calm after the storm arrives, Mike likes to chill....by going extreme birdwatching. Specifically snow-geese. Millions of them! "I see extreme numbers of snow-geese on their migrations south in the fall or north in the spring. The trick is being there those days they max out. It's an indescribable sight to see one million plus snow-geese." Amazing supercell storm during twilight nears a York Nebraska truck stop on I80 as it spits out lightning, June 17, 2009. Only a half hour or so earlier this storm was producing a long-lived large tornado near Aurora Nebraska.
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