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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 February 2012 =



Location: Southwest Nebraska near Stapleton, NE

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 4
Synopsis: I intercepted and photogrpahed a rare February tornado, the first of which ever recorded in Nebraska. The storm developed almost on top of North Platte, NE and moved almost due north along Highway 83 toward Stapleton. I photographed the tornado from along Highway 83 for about 5 minutes before it dissipated just before reaching Stapleton.




Location: Nebraska Sandhills over southeastern Cherry County, NE

Shoot type: Weather and Landscape,Winter Weather
# of images: 2
Synopsis: After storm chasing the day before in north-central Kansas, I decided to head up to North Platte, NE for the night and get up really early for a photo shoot over the Sandhills. A fresh snowcover blanketed the Sandhills from the previous day's storm. The shoot began shortly before sunrise along US-83 southeast of Brownlee and ended near Hwy 97 about 25 miles southwest of Valentine by around midday.




Location: North-central Kansas from Lincoln to Minneapolis to east of Concordia, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 3
Synopsis: Sub-severe storms developed immediately ahead of a very cold upper low with -30C at its center. Surface temperature/dewpoint was around 55F/44F over the warm sector, which still yielded about 600 J/kg of surface-based CAPE. The most excitment was photographing large quantities of 1/2" to 3/4" diameter hail in the town of Minneapolis (north of Salina, KS). I then photographed a fairly dramatic rainbow at sunset east of Concorida along Hwy 9.




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