(25 May 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 25 May 2012
Location: Central & Southwest Kansas from Liebenthal to Bunker Hill to La Crosse, KS
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
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Description: Significant cyclic tornadic supercell w/ at least 5 tornadoes observed
Synopsis:
The first storms I chased were up in the Liebenthal area which became outflow-dominant as they moved east-northeast south of I-70 between Hays and Russell. I eventually made it up to I-70 and followed this storm as far east as Bunker Hill. I photographed some high-based storm structure here, but it was new development way back down to the southwest that caught my eye. I abandoned the northern storms and dropped back south on Hwy 281 at Russell with only one goal in mind: Get in position of Tail-end Charlie (along the Rush-Ness County line). I did make it down there in position at around 8:30pm. From 8:30pm to about 10:50pm, I followed the slow-moving cyclic, tornadic supercell as it rolled across Rush County. I observed no less than 5 tornadoes with this storm. I stayed a bit farther back, capturing storm structure along with the tornado. After dark, I went north of Hwy 4 at Bison about 5 or 6 miles and photographed a beautiful, tall tornado which was lightning illuminated off to my north-northwest. Up through early June, this was certainly the storm of the year for me in 2012.

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25 May 2012


Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:50:39 -0600
-Three Zulu Threat- A dramatic image of one of the long-lived tornadoes after dark in Rush Co., KS on 25 May 2012
  
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Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:34:35 -0600
Lost Images of 2012: "Rush Occlusion" (Rush County, KS Tornadic Supercell) . 25 May 2012
  
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Thu, 07 Jun 2012 13:31:52 -0500
-The Rush- 25 May 2012 Rush County cyclic tornadic supercell, complete with dramatic lightning and rotating wall cloud about 15 minutes prior to producing its first long-lived tornado west of La Crosse, KS
  
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Sat, 26 May 2012 08:16:37 -0500
Impressive and tall late night tornado between Bison and Loretta, KS at 10:12pm on 25 May 2012 illuminated by lightning
  
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Sat, 26 May 2012 01:43:53 -0500
-La Crosse Tornado 2012- An amazing after dark supercell spawned this fairly large tornado near La Crosse on 25 May 2012. This image was taken at 9:50pm CDT from 5 E La Crosse
  
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Fri, 25 May 2012 23:21:00 -0500
heading back to Dodge after a very successful chase and night tornado photography. scrubbing the wyoming chase tomorrow

Fri, 25 May 2012 22:13:30 -0500
chase update 1010pm another tall stovepipe tornado north of Bison lightning illuminated classic funnel to the surface!

Fri, 25 May 2012 21:52:22 -0500
chase update 950pm photographing a nighttime tornado to my northwest near La Crosse KS... lightning illuminated structure and tornado

Fri, 25 May 2012 21:29:26 -0500
chase update 925pm photographed the post-sunset cone tornado in western Rush County KS!!! amazing storm.

Fri, 25 May 2012 20:42:03 -0500
chase update 840pm beautiful supercell Rush County, KS at sunset complete with mammatus on the south edge and blue sky. Beautiful photography. Beautiful storm.

Fri, 25 May 2012 19:38:35 -0500
chase update 735pm

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Fri, 25 May 2012 19:21:33 -0500
chase update 720pm.. near Bunker Hill, KS photographing supercell structure to the west. earlier saw a bunch of psuedo tornadic dusty spinup beneath rather wildly rotating forward flank south of Gorham

Fri, 25 May 2012 18:04:59 -0500
Near Liebenthal KS 6pm cdt
  
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Fri, 25 May 2012 17:22:56 -0500
chase update 522pm, sitting along hwy 183 southern Rush County, very healthy incipient Cb to my northwest.. probably a storm here real soon

Fri, 25 May 2012 15:29:42 -0500
chase update may 25 330 pm

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Thu, 24 May 2012 18:08:07 -0500
Storm chasing is a GO for Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday (May 25-27) on my days off work. Details on specific target areas for my photography interests yet to be determined, though, so stay tuned.