Archive for May 2014

May 19 – 21 : Some High Plains Moments   Leave a comment

From the 19th to the 21 I chased some supercells around the Wyoming/Nebraska/Colorado area. Here are some of my favorites images of some of the storms I saw:

From the 19th near Kimball, NE. This was a suprise storm as the earlier storms were not quite getting it done. I enjoyed the classic rotating updraft as the storm began to intensify. It eventually became much larger and produced a lot of wind and hail.

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The next image from the 21st is of a tornadic supercell that produced some tornadoes but nothing long lasting. It did produce mass quantities of hail that covered parts of the city of Denver as if it were winter.

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The jet stream is taking a break right now in the Plains so I’m waiting for a reasonable day for my next storm pursuit.

Posted May 22, 2014 by droobx in Storms

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May 18th — Amazing storm in Wyoming   Leave a comment

Today I chased a supercell thunderstorm from south of Gillette, Wy to around south of Newcastle, Wy. Though the storm didn’t produce a tornado it exhibited some dramatic/intense storm structure. I initially thought the storm would take an E/NE direction instead after a storm split it made a hard right to the SE.
The storm ended up producing large amounts of hail some of which was large. I was quite impressed with the overall storm structure and for what started out as an iffy day ended up being rewarding.
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A Note I’ve noticed that photobucket adds a level of compression to images I upload so there is a loss of quality to a certain extent.

Posted May 18, 2014 by droobx in Storms

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May Storms so far — Pretty Quiet   Leave a comment

May has been off to a slow start for me. I don’t have a whole lot to show for. I chased a large supercell in Nebraska. The storm produced a handful of tornadoes, the problem was they were not all visible unless you were under the meso or at the right place at the right time. Initially I caught the storm at a optimum time, the problem was I didn’t feel too bold with the storm since inflow was 50+ mph. This got me thinking and I repositioned away I viewed a vortex and what was possibly a low contrast tornado. After letting the storm get a way from me I caught back up to it realizing it was a hp with very strong downdraft winds. After having a decent chase without much to show for photographically, I finally caught up to the notch of the storm after it passed north of Lincoln. I did capture a few photos with the ISO cranked up. I think I actually captured a tornado:

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Posted May 12, 2014 by droobx in Storms

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