Leoti, KS Marginal Supercell (23 August 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 23 August 2012
Location: West-central Kansas near Leoti, KS
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
This was a storm chase rather close to home during my midnight shifts at work. After waking up early in the afternoon, I decided to make a go for this chase with a target somewhere west or northwest of Garden City, KS in mind. I intercepted the main storm of the chase between Lakin and Leoti, KS around 6:30pm CDT. The most photogenic portion of the storm was just west of Highway 25 from roughly 6:30 to 6:40pm. After that, the storm lost its decent high-based structure and ultimately wasn't worth chasing. New storms farther north piqued my interest, and I headed north to the Wallace area, but the storms up there sent out a substantial outflow boundary well south of the main precipitation area and was largely unphotogenic. The "golden hour" time frame didn't provide any opportunities either, so shortly after sunset I called it a chase and headed back to Dodge City

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23 August 2012

Leoti, KS Marginal Supercell

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:22:50 -0500
High-based summer storm near Leoti, KS overlooking a field of sorghum on August 23, 2012
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Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:27:52 -0500
storm chase recap Aug 23

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Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:25:28 -0500
chase update 820pm. Nothing much of photographic interest at sunset between Wallace and Russell Springs. Still a fun shoot with marginal supercell structure earlier on. Back to Dodge.

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:20:42 -0500
chase update 7pm. Photographed some nice storm structure around 630-645pm south of Leoti, KS. storm appears to be weakening now.

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:25:50 -0500
Aug 23 525pm cdt. decided to head west to Garden City for some lightning photography/sunset storm scenes before going in for my midnight shift