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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 May 2017 =



Location: South-central Oklahoma

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: This was the last chase day of the trip. Rob, Mitch, Jay, and I decided to target a tornado potential in southern Oklahoma on this day. We started in Dodge City without a defined target. When we reached Wichita, we decided to play the southern potential east of a dryline where CAPE was approaching 7,000! A supercell formed rapidly southwest of Ardmore. The storm showed some promise for developing a tornado early in its life just north and northeast of Ardmore, but it never did. The supercell evolved into a HP mess as we ventured deeper into the woods in the Ravia and Tishomingo area. We completed this chase and trip admiring an incredible lightning show from a second supercell to our south after dark. We stayed in OKC this night, and we dropped off Rob and Mitch at OKC airport the next morning.




Location: Southeastern Colorado to northwestern Kansas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Mitch joined us for the final days of this trip. We targeted the Lamar area, but this southern target busted as it was too capped, despite good signals of a supercell by nearly all convective-allowing models. Early-evening we drove back north and intercepted an ongoing high-based supercell rolling along I-70, but not until after dark. We got some pretty good lightning-illuminated structure from this storm southeast of Goodland. So, it was not a total lost cause.




Location: Burlington, CO to Brownell, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Rob, Jay, and I intercepted a supercell in its formative stage just outside of Burlington, CO. We followed it to southeast of Goodland before we fell behind the storm due to a bad road network and some poor navigating decisions. After about an hour and a half, we caught back up with the storm again near Shields, KS, where we had some very nice, tiered structure off to our north. We followed it east along Highway 4 to Brownell where we ended the chase due to the storm weakening and becoming less photogenic. We drove back to Burlington, CO that night to set up for the next day and pick up Mitch in the morning in Denver.




Location: South-central Colorado

Shoot type: Landscape
# of images: 0
Synopsis: This was the second down day in a row with no storm chasing. Rob, Jay, and I toured around Creede, CO early in the day then went over to Great Sand Dunes in the afternoon where we did some hiking and a little bit of photography. We then drove to Pueblo, CO after this chase to set up for the next chase day.




Location: San Luis Valley, Colorado

Shoot type: Weather and Landscape
# of images: 0
Synopsis: This was a down day with no storm chasing, and Rob, Jay, and I drove from Carlsbad, NM to Alamosa, CO doing some sightseeing along the way. We had a nice sunset in the San Luis Valley to conclude this day.




Location: Far southeastern New Mexico & adjacent far Southwest Texas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Rob, Jay, and I intercepted a supercell southwest of Carlsbad near Whites City. It showed fairly decent structure for awhile, and we followed it southeast as it crossed the TX border heading toward Orla. We had a fairly colorful and dusty sunset south of Orla to conclude the chase.




Location: Northeastern New Mexico

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Rob, Jay, and I started the day hiking around Capulin Volcano. Later that afternoon we chased and photographed marginally severe storms that developed off the high terrain of northeast New Mexico between Springer and Clayton. Some of the structure was fairly photogenic, including a non-severe storm that briefly had a mothership shape south of Clayton.




Location: South-central Kansas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
Synopsis: Chased and photographed a small supercell thunderstorm that produced a number of tornadoes. The first tornado formed just northwest of Medicine Lodge, which was a fairly classic cone-shaped tornado. We (Rob Mitchell, Jay Antle, and I) saw at least 3 more tornadoes, the final one being near St. Leo




Location: Oklahoma Panhandle & Southwest Kansas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: I chased some HP severe storms, with some marginal supercell characteristics. The first storm I photographed near Buffalo, OK I followed northeast up toward Minneola, KS. I then broke off that storm and went after another storm in Meade County that had some rotation. The storm wrapped up into a nice supercell near Bucklin and was fairly long-lived all the way to Great Bend, but I was never in a good position for storm structure photography, and I finally broke off of it east of Kinsley. That storm went on to produce a tornado near Great Bend later on after I broke off it.




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