Pilger Nebraska Twin EF-4 Tornadoes June 16th 2014

Jul 16, 2014 Comments Off by

Summary: Witnessed the most incredible single tornadic event in my chase career. Two violent tornadoes churning side by side for 20+ minutes. Also witnessed several other tornadoes in what will undoubtedly be THE chase of 2014. Stats: Tornadoes: 7 Hail: 1.00″ (quarter) Wind: est 55-60mph RFD Milestone: Most violent tornadoes witnessed in a single chase. [...]

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Nebraska Storm Chase and Tornadoes June 14th 2014

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Summary: Intercepted several storms catching far away glimpse of landspout tornado as well as a pair of after-dark tornadoes. Saw some decent structure along the way as numerous storms went up in south central Nebraska. Stats: Tornadoes: 3 Hail: 1.25″ (Half dollar) Wind: n/a The Forecast:  Ample instability under moderate capping ahead of surface triple [...]

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Nebraska Tornado April 27th 2014

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Summary: Played surface low with minimal probabilities and ended up catching a low contrast tornado. Stats: Tornadoes: 1 Hail: .75″ (penny) Wind: n/a The Forecast: Powerful cut off system with vertically stacked low now in place. Intense speed shear overspreading all of warm sector with sufficient instability in place. Morning activity would affect the days [...]

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Washington Illinois EF-4 Tornado November 17th 2013

Nov 19, 2013 Comments Off

Summary: Chased late season high risk outbreak in local turf catching the large, long tracked and unfortunately deadly EF-4 tornado that tore through Washington Illinois. Stopped to perform search and rescue before resuming chase catching a distant view of a second tornado near Dana, IL. Called chase once storms got too far ahead and had [...]

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Wayne Nebraska EF-4 Tornado October 4th 2013

Oct 13, 2013 Comments Off

Summary: Got incredibly close to large, violent wedge tornado just south of Wayne, NE. Back window blown out by strong inflow winds during escape. Stats:  Tornadoes: 1 Hail: .88″ (Nickel) Wind: est 100-120mph inflow/outer circulation of wedge tornado. New Milestone: First window lost in chase career. The Forecast: Impressive, deep, compact and powerfull early fall [...]

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Esbon Kansas EF-4 Tornado May 27th 2013

Jun 15, 2013 Comments Off

Summary: Chased storm of the day from birth to death, getting a brief view of heavily rain wrapped EF-4 tornado near the town of Esbon.  Caught a small rope funnel on the flanking line and also noted awesome HP structure and gorgeous backlit skies during sunset.     Stats: Tornadoes: 1 Hail: 0.00″ Wind: n/a [...]

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Moore Oklahoma Tornado May 20th 2013

Jun 10, 2013 Comments Off

Summary: Caught large, destructive EF-5 tornado that tore through Moore as it was west of town. Could not pursue tornado due to lack of river crossing so dropped south to other tornadic storms witnessing possible tornado before calling off chase and heading back to Shawnee for dinner/hotel.     Stats: Tornadoes: 1 Hail: .00″ Wind: [...]

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South Haven Kansas Tornado May 19th 2013

Jun 10, 2013 Comments Off

Summary: Played southern end of linear storm complex for best areas of rotation. Caught a beauitful rope tornado from close range right outside the vehicle with funnel passing overhead and debris whirl in field next to us. Debated moving after stronger storms to the south but decided against it. Tracked tail end of the line [...]

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Rozel Kansas Tornado May 18th 2013

May 23, 2013 Comments Off

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 Comments Off

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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