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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.


North Dakota:
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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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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 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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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

Hot Springs supercell
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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June 4th – Eastern Colorado Supercell   Leave a comment

June 4th was the last decent storm photography wise for me for my chase trip. I am grateful I was able to chase some powerful storms and experience what did. I wish I could have stayed out for another couple of weeks; it turned out to be a pretty active period. The problem was chasing solo for a month with no real home base gets taxing on a persons nerves. It also gets tough on the limbs being in the drivers seat for hours every day.

Anyway here a a couple of images of an outflow dominant colorado supercell. The first image it seems I captured an interesting electrical flash on a power pole. I assume it’s a lightning strike developing or wind blowing the powerline that it causes the current to arc.

Here’s another one that captures an interesting plume of dirt being blown by the downdraft as well as a spinup tornado/gustnado on the edge of the storm. I can’t really tell but I think it is a connected vortex to the storm.

Again, my thoughts go out to those in the El Reno area affected by the monster tornado. I’m hopefully going to do some branching out with my photography as well as post some more storm shots.

Posted July 19, 2013 by droobx in Storms

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May 27th to 31st many more storms   Leave a comment

For me the last week of May was storm chasing every day (except the 30th). The 27th I chased a supercell that started in SC Nebraska and ended up keeping up with it until Kansas somewhere. I think early on I may have captured a tornado with it but there was a lot of rain under the meso so it is hard to tell. The 28th held off for a long time but eventually a very large supercell developed south of Minneapolis, KS and proceeded to produce a large tornado. I had been in Minneapolis a few hours earlier to get some refreshments, but some storm action to the northeast grabbed my attention. I ended up making it back to the Minneapolis storm but the tornado had become rain wrapped; this is a reoccurring theme for me this year. I did manage to see the tornado in between rain curtains and of course I also heard the tornado. It was very large and even though it spared human life it did destroy some livestock and farm equipment. The 29th was a potentially dangerous day becoming relatively uneventful.

The 31st was the last of a 3 day storm system in the Oklahoma area. I initially didn’t want to chase near the OKC area and points east, with these areas being either higher population density or sparse winding road networks. I thought I might be able to get a storm that wasn’t headed for the okc metro. This day will go down in storm chaser history as a very bad one.

I ended up being very close to the storms as they initiated near Binger, OK. I did end up being in a relatively good position and just as the storm went tornado warned I noticed a funnel cloud develop a ways from me. At this time a broad rapid rotation was developing to my north so I dropped south a bit to give myself some space between the storm.A multivortex tornado was developing after documenting the initial intensification of this tornado I realized that my choices were to go east or west. The tornadic winds were rapidly increasing and I realized that the tornado was probably going to widen and I would have to race it if I went east. I chose to turn around and drive west. This is not the best option but it probably was the best choice. The winds were intense and the rain driving from the RFD, but I made it to a relatively safer spot. This tornado ended up doing lots of damage and caused casuaties and death. This was also the first known tornado to take the lives of storm chasers.

If you don’t remember Tim Samaras was the one who had the spread in National Geographic 10 years ago documenting his tornado research and work. Basically, to sum it up he was legendary in the tornado chasing/research community. His team was apparently taken off guard by the sudden change in direction of the tornado and I’m sure valiantly tried to outrun the tornado but unfortunately got caught in the extreme winds of the tornado.

It sickens me that this happened and I am very saddened by this or anyone that gets caught in the path of a tornado while in a vehicle or weak structure. There were also many other extremely close calls for chasers as well as motorists. Too many, with other multiple fatalities. All I can say is be careful, and please remember this day as a warning. May all of the victims families of the killer tornadoes in OK and other places be comforted and let their healing begin.

Here’s some images:
May 27th
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May 28th – I’m posting a video capture for now because I filmed during the visible parts. This would have been a best all time tornado for me had the rain curtain not enshrouded it.
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Here’s a few stills from the devastating OK tornado on the 31st. I don’t enjoy chasing killer tornadoes but this day could have had a multitude of outcomes and unfortunately it became extremely large and produced a tornado with winds in excess of 200mph. These are relatively rare, but in Oklahoma’s case this tornado was the third damaging tornado of that magnitude for this year.
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Posted June 4, 2013 by droobx in Storms

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