Share this article:
Video by Grace Muller, AccuWeather.com staff writer
For some photographers, weather is just the backdrop for their photography. For Armond Scavo, weather is everything.
Scavo, a Philadelphia native, has been taking pictures since 1969. He has received various awards and honors and was featured in WeatherWise magazine for Desert Storm, which captured a gustnado, microburst and lightning strike side by side.
"Supposedly, it's the only still photograph that captures the events in the same front," Scavo said. "It just went what we would call 'viral' now."
Though they look similar, gustnadoes are different than tornadoes. They form along the outflow boundary (or gust front) of thunderstorms and are visualized by a rotating cloud of dust or debris.
A microburst is an intense downward burst of air out of a thunderstorm that covers a small area (less than 2.5 miles wide).
"I got one chance to shoot the lightning. It came once," Scavo stated. "I caught it because I was doing the right thing at the right place at the right time."
The gustnado can be seen on the left, while the microburst and lightning strike appear on the right.
While Desert Storm may be the most famous of his pictures, much of the rest of his photography is a bit more "romantic," as he calls it. The way he gets that romantic feel is through the weather.
"I didn't realize weather was important to me. I just always found myself in it," Scavo explained. "What I realized over time is that I use weather as a filter."
Fog is his favorite form of weather to work with. He loves the feel it gives to the scene and pictures.
"Weather is an important factor because it creates an atmosphere I love and I am really attracted to."
He also says he uses weather to help him capture his view of the human condition, which he sees as being very positive.
The example he used was when he went out shooting in Philadelphia during a blizzard. He saw a couple walking through a park holding umbrellas and enjoying themselves anyway.
In regard to the photo he took of that couple, Scavo said, "Photojournalism captures the human condition. Well, that's my human condition, and that's how I would like it to be."
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
A boat carrying 31 people capsized on a lake near Branson, Missouri, as thunderstorms moved through the area on Thursday evening.
The risk of severe thunderstorms, including isolated tornadoes, will progress farther to the east and south over the central United States into Friday evening.
Severe thunderstorms tracked across Iowa on Thursday afternoon with several tornadoes touching down across the state.
A deadly heat wave is expected to continue into next week across Japan as Tropical Storm Ampil bypasses the region to the south.
Tropical Storm Ampil is set to strengthen as it tracks toward Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and eastern China.
An uptick in monsoon rainfall is expected to heighten the flood threat across eastern and northern India this weekend and early next week.
Near-record heat will set the stage for a heightened risk of wildfires in the southwestern United States, including Southern California, next week.