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May 4, 2021

When the Tornado Chased the Storm Chaser

Seeing a twister left Jennifer Brindley Ubl in awe—and always wanting more. (Photo: Jennifer Brindley Ubl)
Seeing a twister left Jennifer Brindley Ubl in awe—and always wanting more.

Jennifer Brindley Ubl had become obsessed with tracking down something that most of us hope never to see: tornados. Every spring, she would close up her portrait photography business in Milwaukee and head off to capture images of what she calls “beautiful storm systems.” Seeing a twister left her in awe—and always wanting more. Then, one day, she found herself fleeing for her life from the largest tornado ever recorded. In this episode of our Wild Files series, we hear the story of how the monstrous El Reno tornado changed her relationship to storms and to herself.


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