(12 May 2011)
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About This Shoot
Date: 12 May 2011
Location: Southeast Nebraska from near York to near Odell, NE
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
Intercepted storms that formed and clustered together near the York, NE vicinity. Initially too far north of York, we missed the funnel cloud/landspout event just northwest of York. We then pursued other storms farther southeast and photographed marginal storm structure, some decent cloud-to-ground lightning, and ultimately the backside cumulonimbus structure after sunset near the Kansas state line.

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12 May 2011

Fri, 13 May 2011 10:29:51 -0500
Prelim images from May 12 chase in southeast Nebraska
Rob, Jon, Mitch, Candice and I targeted the York, NE area on May 12th.
We intercepted the initial storms north of York as we waited for the
activity to move toward us... but it really never did. As a result,
we were caught too far north to observed the weak, brief, very small
funnel cloud(s) and/or tornado(es) near York. We then drove south to
intercept new storms down in the Fairbury area, ultimately concluding
the chase near Odell along the KS/NE border south of Beatrice, NE. I
was fortunate to capture some cloud-to-ground lightning flashes with a
barn and windmill in the landscape. The backside cumulonimbus
structure was impressive as well just after sunset near Odell. All in
all a fun chase and quite pleased with the lightning images captured.









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Thu, 12 May 2011 21:34:10 -0500
done chasing for the day. Fairly pleased with photography ops, but did not observe any of the reported tornadoes near York, NE. Headed to Manhattan for the night, back to Dodge City tomorrow.

Thu, 12 May 2011 19:55:50 -0500
8pm update. going for tail end charlie storm and getting south of that for hopefully good sunset view of the Cb and some lightning along neb/ks border

Thu, 12 May 2011 18:14:57 -0500
615pm jumped ship on the storms northwest of York...have become a big mess with front about to plow through there. Heading south for new development near Fairbury

Thu, 12 May 2011 16:13:59 -0500
410pm storm of interest developing near York NE...will hang out around Silver Creek area to watch it approach..about a two hour window before it hits cold air.

Thu, 12 May 2011 12:50:13 -0600
Convective sky to the north near Lexington Nebraska at 145pm
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Thu, 12 May 2011 13:25:52 -0500
120pm in Arapahoe NE heading north to Kearney area...upper 50s dewpoints nosing into this area near upper low just ahead of the slow moving cold front.