(14 April 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 14 April 2012
Location: Southwest Kansas into Northwest Oklahoma from Greensburg, KS to Cherokee, OK
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
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Description: Four supercells including significant, cyclic tornadic supercell at sunset
Synopsis:
This was the highly anticipated tornado outbreak of which a High Risk was issued by the Storm Prediction Center. I began this chase from Kansas City after attending the Royals Home Opener baseball game the day before. My target was Greensburg, and I observed the first supercell (#1) that moved north of town. I then caught a supercell (#2) farther south which was somewhat high-based as it moved east of Coldwater crossing Hwy 160. I then broke off that storm and intercepted another supercell (#3) which had a rotating wall cloud moving toward Medicine Lodge. I followed this storm northeast toward the Zenda area then broke off of it as it was moving too fast to the northeast. I noticed a pair of supercells in northwest OK that caught my attention and set off for those, which I would reach by around sunset. I intercepted the Cherokee, OK cyclic tornadic supercell (#4) just northeast of Cherokee, observing two tornadoes simultaneously. This was followed by a longer lived, larger tornado near Manchester, OK which then moved northeast away from me. This storm affected Wichita later on in the evening with tornado damage in parts of the southern and southeast Wichita.

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14 April 2012


Mon, 16 Apr 2012 23:08:38 -0500
-Manchester Tornado- This large stovepipe tornado missed the town of Manchester, OK by only a mile or two on 14 April 2012 as it crossed into Kansas and on the way to Wichita
  
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Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:22:51 -0500
-Converging Winds- Dual tornadoes near Cherokee, OK at around sunset on 14 April 2012
  
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Sun, 15 Apr 2012 01:16:34 -0500
chase recap from April 14 tornado outbreak

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Sat, 14 Apr 2012 22:18:18 -0500
chae update 1015pm. Pray for wichita. meanwhile, I had some fun on county roads near Manchester, OK, saw/photographed large manchester tornado then got roadblocked, ended chase

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 20:28:50 -0500
Success!! Tornadoes, high contrast, 2 at once.. north of cherokee, ok.. was within mile and a half at one point along hwy 11

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 18:34:39 -0500
chase update 445 pm

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Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:57:58 -0500
chase update 257pm

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Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:44:11 -0500
close call at home north of Dodge!

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Sat, 14 Apr 2012 13:51:18 -0500
chase update 146pm

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Sat, 14 Apr 2012 13:35:09 -0500
The radar image with my location is not updating due to FTP problems, however the google map below it is current. Sorry!

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:15:58 -0500
chase target strategy

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Sat, 14 Apr 2012 11:27:57 -0500
High Risk Outlook Chase Day 4/14 Target: Southwest KS from Kinsley to Protection