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Most Recent Shoots

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 July 2011 =



Location: North-central Kansas from east of Stockton to near Luray, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 13
Synopsis: On my way home from Grand Island, NE where I ended the chase the night before, I ran into very electrical storms north of I-70. I decided to photograph these storms for a couple of hours from about 2:30 to 4:30am. Some of the lightning was very impressive, especially once the storm moved past me near Luray with the stars and a near-full moon coming out. I finally made it back home about 7:30am!




Location: Northern Kansas into southern Nebraska from Kirwin, KS to Grand Island, NE

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 15
Synopsis: Photographed very high-based storms as they formed at the nose of 102 to 106 degree heat. The first storm formed south of Phillipsburg and produced a microburst as visually noted by a formidable rainfoot developing over the north side of Kirwin Reservoir. Numerous storms developed and the whole cluster of storms remained disorganized. A stronger isolated storm formed on a north-moving outflow boundary west of Red Cloud, NE and I decided to chase this toward Hastings, NE without much success due to extreme dewpoint of around 80 degrees and very tall corn plants everywhere limiting my view. I ended this chase at Grand Island late in the evening and headed back to Dodge for an all-night drive




Location: Northeast Colorado from Sterling to Crook, CO

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I first targeted storms coming off the Front Range/Palmer Divide east of Denver (near Deer Trail), but these storms quickly became outflow dominant and unphotogenic. I then decided to head farther northeast in anticipation of new storms closer to better moisture/instability. A new storm did form and eventually took on some nice organization and structure not too far from Sterling, CO. I followed along highway 138 from Sterling to Iliff to Crook capturing some images of the storm in good light at around sunset.




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