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5 Aug 2017
Last Chance, CO Marginal Supercell
Synopsis: This was a somewhat successful storm chase, intercepting a storm with marginal supercell characteristics in a west-northwest flow environmen...
3 Jul 2017
Laverne-Woodward, OK Supercell & Canadian, TX Supercell
Synopsis: This was a long chase day, starting in Overland Park, KS after spending a couple days with family and friends over the weekend. I targeted L...
29 Jun 2017
Johnson, KS Mothership Supercell
Synopsis: This was another after work chase, and I was not going to make the same mistake I did on June 26th! Leaving immediately after work at 4pm, I...
26 Jun 2017
Leoti, KS LP Marginal Supercell
Synopsis: I originally decided not to chase after work, but after I woke up from a long nap at around 6pm, a supercell was rolling straight south near...
17 Jun 2017
Meade & Clark County, KS Supercell & Incredible Lightning
Synopsis: This was an after-work chase. I actually worked a couple hours of overtime until 7:30pm and chased right as I got off work. A new storm form...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of May 2010 =



Location: Part 1: Southeast Colorado near Pritchett
Part 2: Far southeastern Colorado west of Campo
Part 3: Far southeastern Colorado south of Campo, CO...into the western Oklahoma Panhandle toward Keyes, OK

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: The long-lived, significant tornadic supercell of 31 May 2010 will go down as probably my most thoroughly and successfully documented significant tornadic supercell in my 13 years of storm chasing. There were three distinct phases of this storm chase, and as such, I will document this account and share my images in 3 parts.

The first phase (Part 1 of 3) was the time frame from roughly 2:45pm to 4:30pm which included a 20-minute tornado southwest of Pritchett, Colorado.

The second phase was a long period from 4:30pm to about 7:00pm when the supercell was non-tornadic but still cycled through several significant occlusions, one of which was very close to being tornadic (Part 2 of 3).

The Campo, Colorado significant tornado, the hallmark moment of this supercell, is documented in Part 3 along with the post-tornado sunset structure as the storm rolled southeast into the Oklahoma Panhandle northeast of Boise City.





Location: Sandhills of western Nebraska from Thedford to Mullen to Stapleton

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: A cold front moving south was the focus for storm initiation in the sandhills, however since the front was moving south at a fairly decent clip, the storms quickly became undercut and supercell structures did not thrive.




Location: Northwest Kansas near Colby

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: After a long drive from Aberdeen, South Dakota, I finally made into northwest Kansas by early evening, intercepting some marginally severe storms near Colby. This wasn't a very successful shoot, but I did manage a few cloud-to-ground lightning images before heading on home after this event-filled weekend chase trip




Location: Northeastern South Dakota from Lowry to Bowdle to Roscoe

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: I intercepted and photographed a number of tornadoes from a very impressive supercell storm. Due to a road block on Hwy 47 southwest of Bowdle, I fell behind the storm during the time the storm was producing the massive wedge tornado, thus I have no images of the wedge. After the wedge, I caught back up with the storm and photographed more tornadoes and the amazing storm structure from north of Hwy 12 a few miles. I was part of the now infamous "farm field incident" where a number of chasers became trapped on a poorly marked dead-end road which ended up into a farmer's field as a tornado was bearing down on us.




Location: Southeastern Wyoming from north of Wheatland to Fort Laramie to Lusk...into far northwestern Nebraska Panhandle from Harrison to Crawford.

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: I intercepted a nice looking supercell with a classic wall cloud as it moved off the Laramie Mountains northwest of Wheatland. I followed this storm to Ft. Laramie before moving into the horrible road network between Hwy 26 and Hwy 20 northeast of Torrington, WY. I photographed additional photogenic storm and sky scenes along Hwy 85 and 20 later in the chase




Location: Southwest Kansas near Cimarron, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: After mis-targeting down in the Buffalo-Laverne, OK area, I drove back north toward Gray County, KS to intercept storms that were persistently producing weak landspout tornadoes. I photographed a couple of them southeast of Cimarron, KS, including one that crossed a dirt road less than 100 yards from me.




Location: Southwest Kansas into Northwest Oklahoma from near Bucklin, KS to between Protection, KS and Buffalo, OK

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: This was one of my most successful storm photography days of the year and one of my favorites in quite awhile since I was pretty much the only chaser on this storm as it moved into far northwest Oklahoma at sunset. I photographed the storm to my northeast and east as the photographer's "golden hour" approached. The structure amidst the Cimarron River Valley landscape was spectacular, including a beautiful pink wall cloud!




Location: Southwest Kansas near home... northwest of Dodge City near the Horsethief Reservoir

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: This was not an expected chase after work. I was watching things unfold on radar after waking up from a nap after work. I left the house around 7:00pm after noticing a lowering in a cloud base as viewed from my back porch. I drove about 10 miles northwest of my house to photograph this storm, which had decent structure at times until sunset.




Location: Southwest Oklahoma from Vinson to Retrop to Cordell

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Intercepted a supercell near the Texas-Oklahoma border with Matt Crowther west of Vinson, OK. We saw a one-minute tornado west of highway 30 as we drove up into the inflow notch of the storm with the tornado coming at us. We re-intercepted the storm later on southwest of Retrop as it was HP in nature and followed it up toward Cordell.




Location: West-central Kansas from Shallow Water to Scott City to Utica to McCracken

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: I decided to chase the early developing convection north of Garden City. I had to remain fairly close to Dodge City since I was in the middle of my midnight shifts. This was the High Risk day across south-central KS and north-central OK. I photographed a menacing HP supercell with my best images coming from the Shallow Water area between Garden City and Scott City, KS.




Location: Northwest Kansas near Grainfield, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: High-based storms developed in a very cold air aloft environment despite dewpoints in the mid to upper 30s. The strongest storm photographed was during the early evening hours around Grainfield in Gove County, KS. Several decent lightning images were captured from this storm.




Location: Northeast New Mexico/southeast Colorado from Capulin Volcano, NM to Kim, CO

Shoot type: Weather and Landscape
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Scattered snow showers developed midday and continued through the early evening hours providing great photogenic scenes from atop Capulin Volcano and later on along Highway 160 from Trinidad to Kim, Colorado




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