June storms so far: South Dakota and North Dakota   Leave a comment

Here are some images from 3 storm days for me. The first 2 were from the 8th and the 10th of June. The first image is from a Supercell that hovered over the Black Hills and parts of Rapid City.

The next storm was a supercell that initiated south of Buffalo, SD. After having to back track on a road I caught up with the storm on a extremely rural part of SD. It did manage to become a potential tornado producer but didn’t last very long with a strong mesocyclone.

Both storms produced large hail but due to the warm upper air both storms were limited by intensity.
The next storm day I chose was up by the Canadian border. By mid afternoon a cell initiating in Montana made it’s way across the ND/SK border. I only got to see the southern part of the storm. It maintained itself as a high precipitation hailer with a tornado reported in Manitoba.



The new storm that stayed in ND ended up getting away from me due to road coverage but was an interesting display.

Posted June 18, 2018 by droobx in Storms

May Storms 17-18: Storms of a mild May   Leave a comment

So far the storms of 2018 have probably been at an all time low in the plains this time of year.I had to choose this particular storm system with the acknowledgement that the potential for seeing tornadic supercells hinged on the fact of upper level winds being weak or just enough for an event.This weakness in the upper level can be attributed to a lack of colder polar air driving the jet stream. The point is every so often these weather patterns happen over the Great Plains. Sometimes you can pick a smaller scale weather pattern and things will come together. I realized that the shear was not enough in Nebraska for a supercell event, yet I did get a glimpse of the evening strengthing of a thunderstorm complex.

The next day was going to be a similar event except that stronger upper level winds were anticipated to enter the region of anticipated storms. After spending the day watching thunderstorms try to develop and fail.One storm maintained and eventually developed into a supercell updraft that produced > 1″ hail.With the storm structure of a sculpted supercell the only thing I believe that kept this storm from producing a tornado was the interaction with storms approaching from the South.The next day was anticipated to be an event but after storms all night long the atmospheric thermodynamics could not recover.


Posted May 21, 2018 by droobx in Storms

May 1 2018 – North Central Kansas Supercells & Tornado   Leave a comment

After pondering the models this seemed to look like a day to witness some supercells and possibly tornadoes. A new upper-level system was situated over the SW and associated moisture advection/low pressure created a potential for a few severe days over the plains.
I chose the area west of Concordia, KS. Storms went up and after a correction on a road network I got in range of some cells. Storms took a while to mature but one finally stood out visually as becoming a big supercell.
I photographed this storm during it’s development and came up with some visually interesting structure images.



After the storm got out of range of my position I encountered a storm coming up from the south that was tornado warned I was still ahead of the heavy precipitation so I dropped south a ways and experienced a jaw dropping supercell. I managed to take some images of the storm as it passed by. It did finally produce a tornado near Tescott, KS. I had some focus problems but managed to get some clear pictures of the large tornado as it passed to my NE.





Posted May 3, 2018 by droobx in Storms

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August Storms – Nebraska & South Dakota   Leave a comment

Here are a few images from a couple of storms on the 12th and 13th of August. The first storm was near Alliance, NE. The path of this storm was over pretty rural terrain so I stayed with it as best as I could. It was basically a high plains hailer that exhibited some stronger rotation later on. Note: The watermark stamp on the first two should be 8/12/17.


The next storm was eastward in the SE part of SD near the NE border. It was a similar storm that had some good supercell structure for a while and I believe had an obscured tornado for a little while.

Posted March 15, 2018 by droobx in Storms

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Site problem and solution   Leave a comment

Since 2008 I have been adding images to photobucket and referencing links to a few select forums. Since I started this blog back in 2012 I have been doing likewise. Unfortunately, Photobucket has decided to become a commercial entity to weed out the little guys.

I guess their old business model isn’t bringing in enough revenue. I don’t sell my images and really just post because I like to add content that is visually interesting to any who happen to see it. So, me paying Photobucket $300 a year is not really a viable option for just storing images; I was no where near the limit of being a data hog.
The solution is to consolidate to WordPress exclusively and pay them $3 a month for whatever. They have their own storage and it would cut out the need for a third party hosting.

The downside is I have to reprocess images I’ve posted because Photobucket has an extra layer of compression on images and degrade the quality of the image. Therefore downloading from Photobucket is a futile task.

I thank them for their site and the use I got out of it but I have enough costs to say no to $300 a year. So any older images I re-post will be summarized and viewed via the menu categories. Any new posts I make will be blogged as usual.
Don’t forget to visit my site Terrain of Earth this site is about my experiences and photos at national parks and any related sites I can explore.

Posted September 21, 2017 by droobx in Explanation

Western MN 7/9/17 – Early Evening Supercell   Leave a comment

After driving through SE North Dakota I wasn’t planning on seeing severe weather. I realized that storm initiation could occur near where I was. An initial tower did begin near NE South Dakota so I followed that and it eventually could not beat the warm inversion above. I noticed a new tower forming to my north near the SD/MN border as well as one farther to the east. These seem to develop with a more solid appearance so I headed back to the north. By the time I was in range the storm was clearly developing supercell characteristics.
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The storm eventually became tornado warned, I pursued it as best as the road network would allow me. Here are more images of the storm which maintained rotation, yet I did not see a tornado.



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Posted July 12, 2017 by droobx in Storms

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SW Iowa Tornadic supercell – 6/28/17   Leave a comment

After an exciting night of a line of storms crossing Nebraska, I was about to head back home. I wasn’t sure if SE Nebraska could get heated up enough to produce supercell thunderstorms. After looking at the surface data, there was a strong surface low over Wisconsin and a cold front making it’s way SE. Dewpoints were in the 70’s + and there was an area of strong heating which would allow for convective initiation. I was able to be around Nebraska City and watch the first supercell develop into Iowa. The storm intensified rapidly and was rotating early on. It produced it’s first tornado by Shenandoah, IA. The tornado maintained for quite some distance eastward along state hwy 2. It never got very big but the storm rotation was constant and allowed for an exciting chase.
Here are some images of the first tornado:
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The second tornado became obscured by rain but I was able to see it as the rfd winds blasted my car. This was the first tornadic storm in what was to be a tornado outbreak for IA and parts of MO.

Posted June 29, 2017 by droobx in Storms

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