After grabbing a few shots from Lake Ellesmere, I dismissed this sighting as a mere embryo of no consequence - certainly of no photographic merit. Some dust was spinning and rising, but only led me to comment that the southerly change must have hit some dry spot on the Rakaia River.
I refocused on my long time goal of photographing landscapes full of lightning and a way to dodge super-sized hailstones. This funnel of cloud was given little thought until I was driving home into a mass of flashing lights near Southbridge, coming upon several crews of linemen digging in new poles. Winding down my window to inquire, a guy replied: “We had tornado”.
That was some consequence to him and any locals without power. Another was to tear houses apart.