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5/21/16 West Central Kansas Supercell and Tornadoes   Leave a comment

After a fresh start in Nebraska I drove down to Kansas around the I-70 corridor. The winds were backed in this high plains region and a decent Rockies surface low. Dew points in the low 60’s made their way up to the area I had decided on. After waiting patiently cumulus towers started initiating. Initially the main storm was enshrouded by rain. The roads at this time were pretty well saturated by the first two cells that passed through the area, yet the roads were still solid enough to proceed on with the right vehichle.

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Soon the cell started getting some visible rotation to it and I witnessed a multivortex type rotation and then a small tornado planted down (I believe another tornado was possibly ongoing in the rain).
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After the tornado spun off into the meso precipitation I changed position in order to get a better structure shot of the supercell. This is generally a good rule especially when you have storms of this magnitude. Here is a scene at a distance with a possible tornado obscured by rain.
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Here is another structure shot with an enshrouded tornado under the meso. Inflow winds at this time felt like they were 50-60mph where I was.
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This storm remained relatively slow moving if not stationary. I’m sure it produced multiple tornadoes obscured by rain. If the roads weren’t rain soaked I might have tried a different veiw but for the most part I’m satisfied with how this day went. I don’t know if there was any structural damage since it did seem to be out in the open fields.

Posted May 23, 2016 by droobx in Storms

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May 27th & 28: Texas Panhandle Tornado and Kansas Supercell   Leave a comment

After having chased a multitude of storms some with tornadic potential and others sub severe things were getting pretty frustrating. May 27th was a first for me in seeing a Texas tornado in the panhandle at that. I started out the day in Colorado and realized the strong instability was going to be right on the Tx/OK/KS border. By the time I was in the Panhandle area a large storm was already developing. After realizing there where no easy roads to approach from the north other than the 83 I could see from a distance a decent size funnel cloud. after the rain hail started wrapping around the backside I saw another funnel. I waited for the hail core to subside and figured I was going to miss stuff on the other side. After driving south over a large path of deep hail covering the road from pea size to almost baseball size. I could make out an area of rotation. stopped to view some strong rotation. A tornado developed to my East and I got to view it until rope out. I didn’t get the best view but it was sufficient. The storm turned out to be almost stationary and had strong rotation over the town of Canadian, Tx for a while. During this time it produced a couple of tornadoes of which didn’t seem to be very strong. Except when I was driving back north on the 83 there was quite a bit of tree damage including a tree that seemed to have been snapped in half and uprooted. So it’s lucky that a tornado didn’t develop over the town.
Here are some video captures of the larger tornado:
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The next day instability and sufficient shear was in place over most of the Western half of Texas up to Kansas/NE. The Liberal, KS area was out of the question due to cloud cover. I decided to drive north to see what would develop. A storm did start to develop near Leoti, KS and I ended up watching it develop visible rotation. The storm continued to develop strong areas of rotation and I even saw a nice funnel like feature coming down so I went north after yet had to turn back because a new area of rotation developed near me. The latter disappeared in the rain. The road network was good but farm roads need to be mitigated with caution.
Here is the last good rain free area of rotation before the storm became a more linear outflow storm. There may or may not be the silhouette of a cone tornado in the rain behind the rain free part. Unfortunately with a more darker lighting associated with this storm I had to increase the ISO which causes a quality loss. Here’s some favorites:
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Posted May 29, 2015 by droobx in Storms

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April Storm Photography – 2014   Leave a comment

So far this April I have had a few storm chases that actually netted some still shots. I haven’t seen a tornado yet this year but I’m getting there hopefully. Most of the tornadoes I have captured since 2010 have been on video so I will go back and post some screen captures of those videos and post some of those. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a full video documentation of all of the tornadoes I have seen. I’ve missed some vids because of repositioning issues etc… but I have recorded some interesting stuff that I do want to all put together once I get some more. 

The first supercell of the year came down in Texas near Throckmorton. It didn’t really get going till later but I did get some video. This was the beginning of a three day system that included a small supercell in Southern Kansas and an unproductive (bust) chase day in Southern Missouri. I did get to see another severe storm in NW Kansas around the I-70 corridor. This storm put on a pretty impressive display given the low moisture return. I guess I got lucky on that. The last storm system I chased was the Moderate->High risk outbreak on Sunday April 27th. Initially not a big fan of chasing Arkansas, I knew there could be a possibility of intercepting multiple supercells all capable of being very strong with the given shear/moisture in place. With chase days like this you need to expect to get a one shot deal on the storms as they are passing over sparse road networks at a high rate of speed. I intercepted a supercell that at the time was only severe warned but did go on to produce a very dangerous tornado. That’s how these storm systems are and storms can quickly become tornadic with the right inflow/storm intensification given the low level horizontal vorticity.
Here are a couple of shots of the supercell as it passed over the edge of Hot Springs, Arkansas:Hot Springs supercell

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Here are some shots from the 23rd:kansas supercell

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Here’s a few shots from the 2nd of April in Southern, KS:kansas supercell

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I am grateful for every storm I can chase, hopefully May will be even more productive.

Posted April 29, 2014 by droobx in Storms

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