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July 6th 2016 – Nebraska Sandhills Supercell and tornadoes   Leave a comment

July 6th 2016, my initial assesment of this day was it was looking a little more promising to be able to chase a supercell with the surface winds backed and the warm moist air to sustain deep moist convection. It was also looking like a severe outbreak that was going to eventually form into a derecho wind event. By the time I made it to near the Badlands storms were beginning to develop about equal distance from where I was. I saw one thunderstorm top in SW South Dakota. I chose that and made my way slowly south.
By the time I made it in range of the storm it had started on a more Southeast course. At this time radar looked weak; little did I know that this was because the storm had moved too far from the station and wasn’t showing the whole reflection.
I had made it to the 61 and kept driving south with a secondary storm looming. So visually I knew I had to keep going south. Eventually I gained visual on the target supercell and witnessed the rope out of a tornado from quite a distance. This tornado was documented near the Chadron/Haysprings area of Nebraska.
The Nebraska Sandhills are an amazing geographical landscape should be examined on Google maps. Not a lot of farming/farm roads, but there are a few N/S roads on an area made up of prairie sand and grass. It’s a very hilly terrain with frequent valleys and peaks.
I did make one attempt to get closer by trying a side road but I decided by the time I would have made it anywhere the precipitation would be over me. After pulling off on viewpoint area I was finally rewarded with a tornado on the ground. Since I don’t have the optics of the video camera anymore I do have my wide angle so even though the tornado was decent viewing at the distance from the naked eye the wide angle images need to be cropped to get a better idea of the shape of the tornado which for the most part was a trunk tornado. Here is a group of cropped images:


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After the tornado dissipated The storm was actually getting closer to the road I was on due to the Southeast course it was on. Eventually at one place I stopped the storm seemed to have a dragging wall cloud yet I knew it meant business because of some vorticies coming down and a rotating rain curtain.

Here’s an image of the storm with some some vorticies coming down.
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Here’s some images of the next tornado evolution. This storm had a very pronounced mesocyclone and an ominous tornado underneath.
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The storm eventually crossed over the road and I decided to go with what I have seen. I’m still processing what I have witnessed and got to see a powerful storm without any damage. This is definitely a finale to this storm season.
In summary I believe with the tornadoes this storm produced as well as from other storms this can be considered a small outbreak for this region of Nebraska.

Posted July 8, 2016 by droobx in Storms

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More video captures: June 17th night tornado revisited   Leave a comment

Here’s a couple more video captures of the Cedar county, NE tornadic supercell.
When I first noticed the cone tornado at the edge of the storm you could make out what is to be another tornado beginning to the back of that, the interesting thing is a third rope tornado was ongoing at the same time. This was not apparent until I took a look on the video editing software. It didn’t seem to last long but here are some captures:

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Here is another capture of the tornado to the rear manifesting itself in between lightning flashes. It was probably multivortex but did seem to have a wedge appearance for a bit. Notice the cone->trunk tornado ongoing that was my main focus for the rest of the time since the large one seemed to become wrapped in rain:
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Posted July 7, 2014 by droobx in Storms

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The Rest of 2014 – Nebraska night tornado and South Dakota Tornado   Leave a comment

Here are some video captures from a more than likely night tornado on a cell SW of York, NE on June 14th. The storm did have a tornado warning on it:
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night tor nebraska
Here are a couple of captures of a tornado that developed on a cell in South Dakota. The storm originally had been cruising SE for a while with a pretty good updraft after a while started getting intense and produced a tornado that unfortunately did some damage to a small town. It got a way from me so I only was able to film the last half of it. It seemed to have dissipated then a nice solid rope tornado appeared for a while kicking up dirt in a field:
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As far as the storm season went I’ve chased the most in one Spring. I’ve missed some good stuff but all in all it was good to see some powerful storms.

Posted June 23, 2014 by droobx in Storms

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NE Nebraska June 17th – Long lasting tornado producing supercell   Leave a comment

After waiting in a gas station parking lot in sweltering heat and humidity. The warm front and outflow boundary finally produced. After missing the initial tornadoes due to repositioning issues. I photographed the amazing supercell before dark. As darkness fell I filmed a few tornadoes. There was a large one that was only visible when backlit lightning flashed and another trunk type tornado closer to the edge. I will post video captures later. Here’s a couple of the amazing structure of the powerful storm:
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The afterthought to this event is I witnessed a very powerful storm that could almost be an analog to the Grand Island tornadic event of 80. I believe there was destruction of farmland but not injuries or fatalities.
I will also post some captures of two other tornadic events including another night tornado and the South Dakota tornado that occurred on the 18th.
Here’s a couple of video captures of the tornadoes, I can make out 2:
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Here’s a closeup of the trunk:
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Posted June 19, 2014 by droobx in Storms

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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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Central Nebraska Supercell 5/26/13   Leave a comment

After a long day of waiting for towers to go up, one finally did. I caught up with this storm around Broken Bow, NE and kept up with it till around Ord, NE. The storm was initially low precipitation but eventually morphed into classic supercell structure.

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Posted May 27, 2013 by droobx in Storms

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