So I am rather excited, and thought I'd post this up here. During the recent European Conference on Severe Storms I made a presentation on my PhD work with a couple of image montages of severe storms. After the presentation I was approached by one of the doyens of storm photography and one of the original storm chasers (Prof. Howie 'CB' Bluestein) and asked to contribute a photo of a Southern Hemisphere supercell for him to use in a new graduate textbook he is writing in the field. For an equivalent sort of feeling, try thinking of having a famous tog come up and ask to use your work . So naturally I was excited, but which image, which image (as you can imagine, I have one hell of an archive). I ended up sending him a list of my favourite storm images (specifically the rotating kind) from Australia and let him decide. He chose the one I expected him to:
This particular storm near Redesdale, Victoria lasted some 5 hours and attempted to produce a tornado several times (the large funnel in the centre of this image being its strongest attempt, and it may have suceeded in inaccessible territory), it also produced significant wind damage, and hail to cricket ball size.
So yeah. Really proud that one of my images was considered good enough to become a textbook example!
In other amusing news...an ABC documentary will soon be filming with me involved .