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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 August 2012 =



Location: West-central Kansas near Leoti, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was a storm chase rather close to home during my midnight shifts at work. After waking up early in the afternoon, I decided to make a go for this chase with a target somewhere west or northwest of Garden City, KS in mind. I intercepted the main storm of the chase between Lakin and Leoti, KS around 6:30pm CDT. The most photogenic portion of the storm was just west of Highway 25 from roughly 6:30 to 6:40pm. After that, the storm lost its decent high-based structure and ultimately wasn't worth chasing. New storms farther north piqued my interest, and I headed north to the Wallace area, but the storms up there sent out a substantial outflow boundary well south of the main precipitation area and was largely unphotogenic. The "golden hour" time frame didn't provide any opportunities either, so shortly after sunset I called it a chase and headed back to Dodge City




Location: Quivira Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Landscape
# of images: 2
Synopsis: I decided to photograph the drought scenes along Wildlife Drive (a component of the Quivira Nat'l Wildlife Refuge). The shoot lasted about an hour and a half or so photographing various dried up salt marshes and flats, including the Big Salt Marsh along wildlife drive. The sunset was quite photogenic as distant storms spread a band of cirrus clouds with other mid and high-level clouds present to accentuate the sky during this time and enhancing the images.




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