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5/24/16 & 5/25/16 – Colorado Supercell and Large Kansas Tornado   Leave a comment

This next weather system was to bring in multiple days of severe weather to the plains. From the 22nd to the 26 I pursued storms these are the days that I captured that were the most powerful.
May 24 was forecast for storms from Oklahoma to the Nebraska Panhandle. I opted for the northern area since it was closest to where I was. Storm initiation was a little bit farther west than I had anticipated, but was not a problem.
I watched as storms were on the horizon in Colorado. As I got within range of the storms the tail end storm was still maturing but had the atmosphere all to itself. I watched this storm develop and become an impressive supercell. The area roads were dry and a good network going in after the storm intensified I had to scramble and find a better spot to avoid the hail, unfortunately the road network only allowed me to let the storm pass.


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I ended up catching up to the storm in NE Colorado. The storm had still maintained and was tapping into some richer moisture. I ended up following the storm eastward. With some possible touchdowns witnessed.


May 25 ended up being a powerful tornado. The reason was extreme instability was making its way into central Kansas with a dryline moving into the area. These features along with the moderate upper level winds ended up producing an Isolated large thunderstorm. The storm intensified and developed a large mesocyclone as well as a long tracked tornado that traveled a distance of 26 miles. Here are some of the images I captured of the storm, some of the roads were too muddy to travel on. I’m grateful no persons were injured. These storms are relatively rare but they do occur every year somewhere. The last large tornado of this magnitude in the area was near Bennington, KS in 2013 but was relatively stationary.


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Posted May 28, 2016 by droobx in Storms

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5/16/16 High Plains: Supercell with Tornado in the OK Panhandle   Leave a comment

I witnessed a decent tornadic supercell on 5/16/16. After chasing some relatively non-eventful storm days, I ended up making another trip down to the SW Kansas area where I was hoping the models would be correct. With the overnight storms previously leaving a relatively cool, moist boundary there was an area to the West that was showing signs of good surface heating. Sure enough some storms initiated and eventually reached severe criteria near the dryline/higher elevation of SE Colorado. I caught up with the dominate storm near Boise City, OK. Sure enough I was suprisingly pleased to see a very solid updraft even from a distance. I got to document some of this structure as well as capture a “bears cage” tornado before having to reposition to avoid the advancing hail core.
Here are the still images and video captures of the storm:


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After my reposition two of the storms had merged and ended up having two mesocyclones that were tornado warned, yet the storms had taken on a more high based nature. I believe there was a tornado documented that I missed but I did get behind the storm and had to bail out due to hail. This was an excellent storm chase in open country on the high plains.

Posted May 18, 2016 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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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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