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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 June 2017 =



Location: Far southeastern Colorado & adjacent southwestern Kansas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 6
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 targeted Lamar, CO with a supercell already in progress moving southeast off the Palmer Divide. As this storm approached Lamar, it underwent a transition. It re-organized into a good supercell structure northeast of Lamar before undergoing another transition near Granada. This last transition was into a spectacular mothership base as it approached the Kansas-Colorado border northwest of Johnson, KS. This structure ended up being one of the most spectacular, photogenic storms I have photographed in years -- certainly since the Julesburg storm of 2013! This supercell eventually died just after sunset, and I went after another supercell in progress to its west, near Two Buttes, Co, which was an easy intercept. I got some pretty decent lightning-illuminated structure after dark of this second supercell.




Location: West-central Kansas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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 Oakley. Doh! I scrambled and drove west to Garden City then up Highway 83 to intercept the storm, which predictably died right when I got to it south of Scott City. A new supercell developed 30 miles to its west near Leoti, so I went after that and got some pretty decent LP structure before it eventually suffered the same fate as the Oakley-Scott City supercell.




Location: Southwestern Kansas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 3
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 formed rapidly just south of Montezuma, and I intercepted it south of Ensign which showed supercell structure right when I got on it. The supercell structure started to wane, but as I continued to follow it southeast, it turned into an electrical machine. It was lightning photography mode during the golden hour with this storm, as it continued to roll southeast across Clark County. This was one of my best lightning photography chase days in years! Numerous high-quality cloud-to-ground frames with wonderful foreground overlooking the open range landscape from just south of Big Basin Preserve.




Location: South-central Nebraska

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was a very good chase day, which started slow and potentially a bust. I was limited to chasing southern Nebraska, since I had to go back to Dodge City after this chase due to working day shift the following day. After an initial brief storm near Arapahoe, NE, I waited the atmosphere out near Holdrege in hopes of new development within an hour from my location. A new storm finally formed near Kearney, which developed into an LP supercell. The flow aloft was from the WNW, so I remained south to southwest of the storm updraft the entire time. Awesome supercell structure was photographed south of the Platte River/I-80 from southeast of Grand Island to south of Aurora to south of York. At sunset, I photographed a new storm off to the northwest into the setting sun with some mammatus and let the original storm go to the east. The original supercell eventually turned into a monster HP supercell with embedded tornado and destructive straight line winds as it approached Beatrice. Incredible lightning was observed from this massive storm to the east and the storm to my northwest which became a supercell itself after dark. I got some good after dark lightning including lightning illuminated structure along the KS-NE border near Chester. Final, distant lightning illuminated structure was photographed from south of Belleville, KS.




Location: Southeastern Texas Panhandle

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was a good chase, but not spectacular. Followed a marginal supercell storm southeast with decent structure but a lot of good cloud-to-ground lightning. Managed to get a few good branched lightning image, including one very nice tall, fairly close image. I also got some nice storm-in-landscape images when the storm approached the Caprock Canyon area along the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River, south of Clarendon. The best supercell structure this storm would reveal was later on down near Paducah looking to the north. This did not last long, though, and as the storm reached Highway 70 east of Paducah, it weakened quite a bit. I photographed a wonderful sunset north of Paducah to end this chase.




Location: Southwestern Kansas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was a short-distance storm chase fairly close to home. Mid-afternoon storms formed just south of Dodge City, but they did not advance to supercell stage, so I blew them off in hopes of better development later on down the dryline in Meade County. One did form, which showed nice structure as it approached Dodge City. Unfortunately, a left-split storm raced north and wrecked the now supercell just northeast of Dodge City just as it was starting to show good potential for great supercell photography.




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