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High Plains Drifter

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May 24, 2008

Chase Acct: May 23 (Southwest KS)

Filed under: Chase Accounts,Storm Chasing — Mike U @ 1:17 am

This will be real brief, and I will write a more detailed account on this blog post later next week.  I photographed a very brief tornado about 20 to 22 miles northwest of Jetmore at around 6:25pm from a supercell thunderstorm that initated east and northeast of Liberal…which tracked across western Gray County…and eventually through extreme eastern Finney County…clipping far northwest Hodgeman County…before moving across Ness County when I eventually said to hell with that storm and left it about 7 miles south of Ness City.  Of course, it went on to produce tornadoes once again, after there was a funky and complicated cell merger that I really did not like at the time (which was one of the reasons I abandoned it).  The other reason was I had developed "fatigue" with that storm… as it teased me for such a long time with "oh my God" rotating wall clouds and nascent 3-second funnels and whatnot.  I would have had a beautiful front-row seat to a high-contrast tornado at one point when I got up into Southwest Ness County, but it just wasn’t to be.  I got real deflated after that "false alarm".  Rather frustrating to be on a nice supercell like this and only get a brief 30 second tornado whereas other supercells all around seemed to be tornadic machines.  I really shouldn’t complain, this one image (below) is the first tornado photograph I’ve taken since October 26, 2006: 



  1. Too bad about all the false alarms and teasers. Love the colors of your photo though.
    It was an exciting day yesterday – I had family in basements (Ashland, KS), and family friends who lost their business (Protection, KS).

    Comment by Rachel Regier — May 24, 2008 @ 11:20 am

  2. Nice shot! Feel lucky; I was in a line of 5 chasers/spotters who were stuck in the ditch in Hodgeman Co. (we were all in smaller cars). It was an exciting week though.

    Comment by AJ Dome — May 28, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

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