(14 June 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 14 June 2012
Location: Southwestern Kansas from Ness City to east of Kalvesta to Jetmore, KS
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
I left for this storm chase during the mid afternoon hours for a Dighton, KS target. The first storm of intercept was near the Ness City area, and I continued to drop south to catch the southernmost cell of the cluster of storms. The southernmost storm was drifting slowly southwest, so I decided to navigate a dirt road west of Highway 283 in northwestern Hodgeman County. I photographed storm structure including a few lightning flashes. I then photographed what appeared to be a distant landspout type tornado at around 7:15pm CDT, but upon further review, I am not so sure, as it could have been a concentrated pllume of smoke being lifted upward near the supercell updraft. I observed no less than 5 separate grass/wheat stubble fires from the insane amount of anvil lightning that was occurring well away from the primary storm. The supercell became involved in an advancing squall line, and I followed this east back to Highway 283 near Jetmore. South of Jetmore, I photographed the largest of the grass fires I would observe, which was just east of the highway at around 8:15pm.

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14 June 2012

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:09:22 -0500
A nearly stationary supercell in the Alamota-Beeler, KS area on June 14, 2012. In this image is a possible landspout tornado which appears to have been pushed south by outflow near the ground
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Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:31:30 -0500
Lightning-ignited large grass fire a few miles south of Jetmore, KS at 8:20pm on June 14, 2012. A line of strong storms was approaching the wildfire at the time of this image
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Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:23:38 -0500
chase update 725pm far northwestern Hodgeman county observed distant landspout type tornado, narrow dust column all the way to cloud base to my northwest. supercell structure getting better

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:58:17 -0500
chase update 555pm

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Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:37:54 -0500
Chase Day June 14 Target: Dighton-Gove, KS along slow moving cold front with very high instability and marginal wind shear.