The last meandering text exchange I had with my father took a surreal turn when he interjected “there’s a tornado warning now. I can see it.” The thread went eerily silent, but after a tense hour, he sent me this photo:

Tornado roping out over Weld County, Colorado

Having grown up in the most tornado-prone county in the United States, I videotaped my first tornado on a bulky VHS camcorder for a Denver TV station when I was 12. In graduate school in Kansas, I photographed a…