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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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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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6/9/16 & 6/11/16 Northern High Plains Storms   Leave a comment

As a upper level storm system moved into the Northern Plains area I was ready to see some supercell storms. The difference was temperatures were in the mid to upper 90’s and moisture was not as prolific.
I spent most of the day in North Dakota watching storms initiate along the ND/MT border, but just not having enough moisture to maintain. After thinking things were done I checked the radar and noticed a storm had a tornado warning and looked strong. I had a brief photo oppurtunity with it around 9 at night near Stanley, ND. After holding off on pursuing the next days storms in central MT. I waited for the “bigger” severe day. A group of storms did initiate in a hot drier environment in SE Montana. After a little later the storm came into contact with more moist environment that was being advected north. Around Baker, MT the storm reintensified and I ended up getting some photos of it.


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Montana:
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In the past I have switched from camera to video in the event of a tornado unfortunately, my trusty xha1 may be done.

Posted June 13, 2016 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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NE Colorado supercell May 24   Leave a comment

Though not a very large storm this supercell reached severe limits and put on a pretty decent display for a bit. It didn’t produce a tornado but it did have some nice rotation.
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Posted May 25, 2013 by droobx in Storms

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South Central KS supercells   Leave a comment

May 19th was a pretty good chase day for me. I started out not to far from the first storm of the day, near Wichita. It was near a populated area so I bailed south before it produced a tornado. Luckily, it was not too damaging and Wichita was spared a disaster.
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This was the last storm of the day for me that had tornadic potential. I was in a perfect position when low level rotation became visible and a tor warning was issued. Unfortunately, it didn’t have enough to produce a tornado at that time and I ended up running out of road trying to keep up with it.
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I still haven’t seen a tornado since last year hopefully, I will be able to document one while I’m out here. I also hope that I don’t see one that causes death and massive destruction.

Posted May 20, 2013 by droobx in Storms

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