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Storm chasing in the U.S. Midwest

Brian Morganti’s laptop computer shows weather data from Baron Threat Net, an XM-radio subscription service offering radar data. (Robin Rauzi / LAT)
Vigo Park
A tornado decorates the horizon near Vigo Park, Texas. (Robin Rauzi / LAT)
Tempest Tours is one of several companies that chase severe storms. (Robin Rauzi / LAT)
Striking vision
A South Dakota sunset illuminates a storm. (Robin Rauzi / LAT)
Nature at work
Rainbows are the reward after a fierce storm in South Dakota, where sunlight bathes the prairie in honey gold. (Robin Rauzi / LAT)
A sighting
A thin, ropelike tornado spins ominously above the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In spring, tour participants traverse the byways of the Great Plains hoping to see such thrilling and terrible manifestations of nature. (Robin Rauzi / LAT)
A storm system builds near Newell, S.D. (Robin Rauzi / LAT)
Lightning and rain paint the landscape. (Robin Rauzi / LAT)