Rozel Kansas Tornado May 18th 2013

May 23, 2013

Summary: Sat around in Greensburg most of the day fearing a bust when storm exploded to life. Caught 2 very photogenic tornadoes including the Rozel, KS EF-4 which I was able to document the entire life cycle of. Called chase as storms congealed and had steak dinner in Great Bend, KS to celebrate.     [...]

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Lawton Oklahoma Tornado April 17th 2013

Apr 25, 2013

Summary: Intercepted multiple tornado warned, HP supercells in southwest Oklahoma. Encountered mean, classic HP structure, large hail and  brief tornado in the city of Lawton and another possible tornado near Elgin. Detoured for tornado-producing tail end charlie storm near the TX border before calling chase and heading east for next days target.     Stats: [...]

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April 10th 2011 Arkansas Storm Chase With TIV – Very Close Lightning Strike!

Apr 19, 2013

Summary: Final day with the TIV. Diverted from original target for more challenging play in Arkansas. Intercepted tornado warned storms in difficult terrain noting some quick rising motion but no real rotation or tornado.  Caught my best and closest lightning strike on video near the end of the day.     Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: [...]

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April 9th Cold Front Bust

Apr 19, 2013

Summary: A surging cold front ruined what could have been a promising day giving way to the first storm-less bust of the season. Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: 0.00″ Wind: n/a New Milestone: Coldest temperatures ever experienced on a chase morning, 21 degrees! The Forecast: A strong cold front plowing southward through the plains. South of [...]

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April 8 2013 Colorado Supercell and Hail, Driving the TIV!

Apr 13, 2013

Summary: Day one driving the TIV. Got on persistent supercell near Burlington, CO noting good structure. Core punched storm once tornado warning was issued getting blasted with hail up to half dollar size.  Called chase once storm began weakening and roomed up for the night in nearby Colby, KS.     Stats: Tornadoes: 0 Hail: [...]

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April 7 2013 Amazing Kansas Supercell

Apr 13, 2013

Summary: Sat in chilly air for most of the day until storms finally blew up north of target area. Intercepted southern-most, strongest storm of the day noting great supercell structure and area of rotation with reported tornado. Core punched storm a few times with hail up to half dollar size before letting it go as [...]

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Video of Silverton Texas Tornado April Fools Day 2013

Apr 01, 2013

A surpise tornado touched down today near the town of Silverton, Texas on a day that saw a minimal tornado threat. Severe storms were expected and a severe thunderstorm watch was out, but the main threat was expected to be large hail. Mother Nature had other plans, however. This video was captured by a woman [...]

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Where is Spring?

Mar 06, 2013

We are a week into March. Woo Hoo chase season, Spring!!! But wait…something isn’t right. Thats right, Chicago just received 9.5″ of snow yesterday making it the largest snowstorm since the GHD blizzard back in February 2011 as well as a top 4 March snow event in all of Chicago’s 128 year weather history. The [...]

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Burning Fire Pit Video IS NOT From Russian Meteor Strike

Feb 15, 2013

A meteor (or meteorite I think technically) has struck Russia and incredibly there are dozens of amazing videos capturing both the strike and the incredible audio from the sonic boom that followed. Here is a great news article from Russia that has many of these amazing videos: http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2013/02/14/what-is-happening-in-chelyabinsk/?fb_action_ids=10151298314763807&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%2210151298314763807%22%3A273310476132480%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151298314763807%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D Naturally though, fake videos are also appearing, such [...]

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Radar Animation of Rain/Snow Line Approaching Chicago

Feb 07, 2013

The new dual pol radar products are fascinating to use. Right now (3:26pm February 7th 2013) there is a changeover from rain to snow occurring across the Chicago area. Normally this is hard to pick up on ordinary reflectivity (right) but using a new dual pol product called the Correlation Coefficient (left), you can actually [...]

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