LaCrosse to Great Bend, KS Supercell (7 April 2013)
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About This Shoot
Date: 7 April 2013
Location: From near LaCrosse to near Great Bend, Kansas
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
This was the first storm chase of the season. I ran into 2-inch diameter hail west of LaCrosse, but the best images of the chase came from later on as the storm entered Barton County. I got some pretty good images of the storm structure from behind in nice sunset light.

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7 April 2013

LaCrosse to Great Bend, KS Supercell

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:33:31 -0600
Early spring Kansas supercell at sunset, near Great Bend. 7 April 2013
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Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:06:04 -0500
Great Bend, KS supercell at sunset on 7 April 2013
Another view of the Great Bend supercell shortly before sunset at around
7:35pm CDT.
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Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:09:37 -0500
Great Bend Supercell, 7 April 2013 as viewed from the southwest prior to sunset
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Sun, 07 Apr 2013 19:32:03 -0500
Great Bend supercell as seen from 10 miles southwest. Wow!!
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Sun, 07 Apr 2013 17:58:27 -0500
Quarter hail 555pm 4 miles se of mccracken
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Sun, 07 Apr 2013 17:23:03 -0500
Storm organizing a dark base near Bazine ks 520pm
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Sun, 07 Apr 2013 05:40:35 -0500
Storm Chasing target areas April 7-9, 2013
The first real good looking storm chasing setup of 2013 will be unfolding Sunday through Tuesday across the central plains. I just so happened to have this time period off work thanks to some well-timed Annual Leave. Unfortunately, I had to cancel out of some plans with friends in Kansas City for the Royals home opener -- the original reason for taking Monday and Tuesday off. Once it became increasingly likely that a multi-day chase setup was going to unfold, I had to make the decision on plan changes to take advantage of what the atmosphere was potentially going to provide from a fine art storm photography perspective.

A major spring low will be moving into the four-corners region and the Rockies during this time frame. Gulf of Mexico moisture will be transported northward into the central plains beginning today (Sunday), setting up the first of three good-looking storm chase days. Sunday/s target will be close to Dodge City, so I will have the luxury of getting some stuff done around the house before setting out to chase. I like the area from Dodge City south toward Woodward, OK as a target area for later this afternoon/early this evening.

On Monday, a warm front will be lifting north across western Kansas. A triple point will likely set up somewhere in western Kansas marking the convergence of warm moist, hot dry, and cool moist airmasses. Right now, I like the area from Burlington, CO down toward Scott City, KS as an initial target area. I will probably drive back to Dodge after this chase. Tuesday is still somewhat complicated depending on the strength of what looks like an incredible cold front (with temperatures in the teens and lower 20s behind it in western Nebraska!) If this front charges southeast quicker, it will wipe out a potential tornado outbreak with storms evolving into a squall line or quasi-linear structures early in the game. A large target from northern Kansas into central/southern Oklahoma is fair game at this point for a Tuesday chase. I am due back to work Wednesday morning, so herever I go Tuesday, I will have to drive back after the chase that night.
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