(6 May 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 6 May 2012
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
Rating:
Synopsis:
This was one of those dumb luck chases. I went to the Royals game on May 6th, which was a day game. When I got back to my friend Niki's house, I noticed a storm forming just off to the west. I decided to make a chase of it... why not? It was just 15 miles west of me! I drove west to the northwest side of Olathe and photographed the initial storm which had some decent structure at times. A new cell then formed farther south which would impact far southern part of Olathe. I headed south on K-7 (which turned into Lone Elm Rd.) to 167th St. where the Lone Elm softball fields are. From this location I watched the complete evolution of rotating wall cloud to occlusion to funnel cloud/intermittent tornado off to my north in total amazement! The tornado eventually roped out and the storm went downhill from there, thus concluding the chase.

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6 May 2012


Mon, 07 May 2012 11:21:36 -0500
Olathe, KS tornado looking north as it crosses Lone Elm Rd. near I-35 on 6 May 2012. The tornadic ground circulations were intermittent and brief during its life cycle
  
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Sun, 06 May 2012 22:17:52 -0500
Olathe, KS Tornado -- 2012 May 6 -- shot from the Lone Elm Park softball fields (just south of 167th & Lone Elm Rd.) looking northeast at 6:20pm
  
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Sun, 06 May 2012 17:57:39 -0500
Developing storm in Johnson county KS moving onto olathe at 6pm
  
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