Claim: Photograph taken in west Texas shows a tornado funnel and lightning bolt alongside a drilling rig.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2008]
Talk about your one in a million photo.
Imagine this…. You are working the night shift on a drilling rig in West Texas, south of the small town of
the drilling rig and some faint red glows from a near-by radio tower. You begin to wonder where that freight train sound is coming from since there are no tracks near the rig. A friendly bolt of lightning gives you the answer…one you may not have wanted to know. Remember that these monsters frequently happen at night
Origins: The photograph displayed above began circulating in mid-2008 with text claiming that it has been taken in the west Texas town of Fort Stockton. However, although elements of the image are real, the underlying photograph was neither snapped in
2008 nor in Texas, and the image itself has been digitally manipulated to add a drilling rig which was not present in the original.
The original image was forwarded around the Internet in the wake of a series of violent storms which hit Missouri in
This photo was taken in Sedalia Missouri on 3/12/06 when over 113 tornado’s was reported, this was an excellent shot
This was posted in one of my weather groups and as long as we give full credit where credit is due and credit is really due on this shot…Amazing…
But it does make you wonder….Look at our logo…Mother nature imitating art….
Although this version of the image was genuine, it was not snapped in Sedalia, Missouri, and it long antedates the series of storms which hit that state in
Last updated: 20 May 2009
Moberly Monitor-Index and Evening Democrat. “Tornado Force Scale Adjusted.” 17 April 2006.