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BOOKFORUMNebraskan photographer Kevin Erskine captures epic doings in the skies over the Great Plains, where layers of cool and warm, dry and humid air clash to create tornadoes, lightning, and, if conditions are right, an especially combustible tempest called the supercell - a massive swirling thunderstorm whose powerful updrafts often precede twisters.
A longtime "storm chaser," he has produced a catalogue of atmospheric sculptures whose monikers - wall cloud, mammatus, inflow band, mothership - evoke, as do the images themselves, both the primal and the futuristic.
Of course, the imminent doom isn't merely figurative, as the volume's very last photo makes clear: Spread over two pages are the splintered, gnarled remains of homes and trees where a tornado touched down in Greensburg, Kansas, in 2007.
— Alberto Mobilo