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I was in Tulsa already, my wife had meetings for work. So i met up with Denton Sachs for the big Oklahoma loop. Tulsa > Osage County > Okmulgee > Checota > Salisaw > Roland > Muskogee > Tulsa! Woot! We did get on a tornado warned storm near the Okmulgee airport but saw nothing as it was a rain wrapped mess! The highlight (if you want to call it that) was the strong winds near Council Hill. We saw a small lowering pass just to our north shortly after we got hit with 50-60mph outflow winds. I doubt the mesovortex that passed just north had anything much to do with the outflow winds but it was kind fun being November and all! I didn't log GPS on this chase as i drove and we used Denton's laptop get over it!! Tyler

Council Hill Oklahoma 11-5-2015 Windy Wind!

5-8 Jordan left Joplin, MO about 5 AM on the Friday the 8th and came up to Pittsburg, KS and picked me up for the chase. We had breakfast at the newly renovated McDonalds over interstate 44 near Vinita, OK. Looking at the morning models we decided to head to Wichita Falls, TX where we sat and sat… and sat for until about 3:30. At that point storms started to push into the area we went after a storm near Vernon, TX and chased it back Southeast along US 287 through Oklaunion and Electra, TX. The storm got really rain wrapped so we couldn't see a thing we decided to drop to the south storm near Throckmorton, TX which KDYX Radar Image 2015-05-08 421cdt Supercell near Veron, TX didn’t quite go as planned. We tried to get to the storm but the roads didn’t work with the southeast storm motion we ended up in a carwash in Graham, TX watching where we watched the hail and ate Mexican food and called it a day. 5-9 We started off the day in a LaQuinta in Wichita Falls, TX where we looked over the morning models. The models showed two areas that might work out for a chase north (Western KS / Southeast Colorado) and south (North Central Texas). We chose to go north because the southern area looked like it would have a hard time recovering from the morning convection. So on the road again, we set Liberal, KS in the GPS and 5 hours later like magic we where their!  We met up with Ray Bohac and hit crew at a Liberal gas station. Sitting at the gas station for a few hours watching chasers and towering CU come and go we finally saw a storm fire near Perryton, OK  on radar and we went for it. Near Floris, OK we stopped and got an amazing time lapse of a rotating storm that was moving NNE. From Floris we followed the storm north up towards Meade, KS and then east until dark when the storm died. We met up with Jay Cazel at the end of the chase and ate Mexican food in Pratt and then programmed in home about 3 AMwe where home!

Floris, OK supercell time lapse 5-9-2015

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Well the chase was decent we saw some really cool supercell structure and got some time-lapse video of a few things. 4-24-2015 Salina, KS Supercell Panorama We started up the chase in Pittsburg, Kansas where Jordan and I met up with a news crew from a local TV station that were doing a story on storm chasing.  Our target was Great Bend, Kansas where the SPC had a enhanced risk with a 5% tornado risk. A surface low was moving from extreme Southeast Colorado Northeast towards Salina, KS from 19z to around 02z. The convection allowing models RPM / HRRR were showing a supercell collocated with the low forming around 22z. 4-24-2015 15z Surface Analysis We made it to Wichita around 3pm where we went north to Newton, Kansas and stopped to get something to eat and watch things develop. It looked like a small return that formed over Hutchinson, Kansas might break the cap and move Northeast near McPherson, Kansas. Setting up just Southeast of McPherson we watch towering cu form and dissipate for about an hour or so but nothing happened.
We made the decision to head toward the ongoing storm near Salina even though there were tons of chasers on the storm already as it was the only game in town. We got on the storm around 7 about 10 miles West of Salina and followed it back to the east until we lost light. We saw a few wall clouds and a cool mother ship updraft. After that we called it and went and had dinner at Applebee’s in Park City, KS with Denton Sachs and Jay Cazel. continue reading...
We sat in Elk County, KS all day for the most part with nothing to show. We got to Severy, KS around 2pm and parked at the gas station on US 400. At the gas station we watched cells fire to our SSE and move NE. This first round of storms produced some severe wind / hail reports but no tornadoes.

displayN0R20z radar image showing the first round of storms

After the first storm we dropped south on KS highway 99 to Moline, KS where we got on a small storm, and chased it to the east on US 160. That second round of convection just couldn't sustain as several small cells fired just to die 15 - 20 miles NE. It appears in the post mortem that the initial storms added just enough CIN to keep the storms that fired after from becoming established. The SPC Meso Analysis graphics at the time showed 2000 j/kg of CAPE in our target area with very little CIN. continue reading...
Well March, 25th was an eventful chase in Oklahoma. We chased a supercell that produced a nice stovepipe tornado in Sand Springs, OK.

3-25-15 GPS Log

We started the day by heading down to Vinita, OK where we grabbed lunch and went over the data. We noticed the warm front was still slowly moving north. The low was very close to OKC so we decided to go west to Bartlesville, OK to get northeast of the low. We sat in Bartlesville for a few min and realized the front wasn’t that far north. 201503250113cdt copy

KINX radar image at 1:13pm

Storms began firing near Stillwater, OK so we proceeded south to the Tulsa area.  We then got on a storm near Glenpool which quickly crapped out! As it died we saw the storms to the northwest were intensifying and were located in the sweet spot northeast of the surface low. We cut west to highway 97 and went north to get into position for the storm north of Sand Springs. continue reading...
4-27-2014 We started the day in Pittsburg, KS and headed to Little Rock, AR that was our target for the day. The SPC had a moderate risk that morning we were targeting the pre-frontal confluence zone that the models showed along a line from Texarkana, AR to Little Rock, AR around 21z.

4-27-14 GPS Log

We got to Little Rock around 3pm as small storms where firing around what was now a high risk area from Texarkana to Little Rock. From there we headed down I-30 to intercept a small cell that formed near Malvern, AR.  We intercepted the cell and chased it back to I-30 where we noticed a cell coming in from the OK border area that went tornado warned. We got a phone call from fellow chaser Denton Sachs saying the storm near the OK border had amazing rotation in it. So we shot north along I-30, I-430 then I-40 where we stopped in Maumelle, AR just south of the projected path, where we found the best clearing we could find on a hill and watched the cell move towards Mayflower. We could have gotten really close but knowing that it was likely a strong tornado and not having allot of exits on I-40 combined with the HORRIABLE terrain we stayed back in Maumelle. After radar showed the tornado crossing I-40 we went north to Mayflower where we encountered the damage path. Mayflower suffered extensive damage along I-40 and was in a state of chaos. We pulled of the side of I-40 out of the way in the grass and went to work helping out being careful not to get in the way. We helped carry one man up a steep hill on a back board putting him in the back of a pickup truck. After that we started looking through vehicles.  There was a RV sales lot that was hit so it was really hard to tell if the vehicles where occupied or from the lot for sale. Their where several propane tanks leaking from the RV lot from small RV tanks to large 500 – 1000 gallon tanks used to fill the RV tanks.  The propane made it difficult to search the cars and RV’s so we did the best we could with help from Daniel Shaw we searched quite a few cars and RVs. At about 10pm Daniel stepped on a nail which went through his boot into his foot so we walked him up to his car and Jordan helped clean and dress his foot. After we got his foot fixed up enough first responders had made it to the scene so we left it to the pros and went to a hotel in Conway, AR just up the road. 4-28-2014

4-28-14 GPS Log

The next morning we got some Waffle House and headed towards our target which was NE Louisiana. The SPC had issued a Moderate risk and we wanted to try and say in the Mississippi delta if we could. So we dropped and took some side roads to the East of Mayflower to avoid the traffic jam on I-40. It took us a while to make it to Little Rock once we got on I-530 we dropped to Pine Bluff, AR and got on US 65 taking that to Lake Village, AR where we went East on US 82 across the Mississippi river. By this time the SPC had issued a high risk for parts of Mississippi and Alabama. East of the Mississippi river we got to the back side of a tornado warned cell near Greenwood, MS we stayed behind it as it crossed US 82 to the North.  We crossed I-55 into the jungle of Mississippi where we got on the next cell in the line which had just passed over Yazoo City, MS. We followed the cell a ways north of Eupora, MS and lost it in the jungle.  Dropping back South to US 82 and heading East we passed through Starkville, MS and then dropped South on US 45 ALT. We saw a really nice tornado warned cell coming our way we got into position to intercept along US 45 near Crawford, MS the storm was still 45 min to 1hr out.  We pulled off into a field entrance and waited it wasn’t long before we saw a 4x8 sheet of paneling fall from the anvil of the supercell that at that time was causing major damage to the city of Louisville, MS. After waiting for about 45min the supercell was getting close enough where we could tell where the circulation was going to cross US 45 which was just to our north. We headed North on US 45 to a position just North of Crawford, MS on US 45. We saw an amazing inflow jet that was elevated just off the surface flowing into the storm. We drove up from out parking spot on the side of US 45 to the top of an overpass to see the base better from that vantage point we saw a brief tornado but for the most part it was just an amazing rotating wall cloud. We noticed a deep blue glow to our NW so we decided to backup and turn around and head south on US 45. While heading south on US 45 we got hit with 50 – 60 MPH RFD winds which we later found out blew a semi off the road and rolled it in Crawford, MS. We exited US 45 and went through the city of Crawford, MS to get back south. We went all the way to Meridian, MS where we ended the chase and got some dinner. When we got done eating we saw the supercell that hit Jackson, MS was headed right towards us so we had to drive all the way to Hattiesburg, MS then back north to get to Jackson, MS where we stayed the night ending our chase.
No chase today, we sat at the house and let the broken line come our way.  I took this time lapse from the front porch looking East so we didn't get a face full of rain also. I also got a nice panorama from my IPhone of the approaching shelf cloud from our backyard looking West.  If you click the read more button I also included a gallery of some weather data and radar images from the event. At 7pm the Springfield NWS issued a tornado warning for the Stockton, MO to Humansville, MO area I included a radar image of in the gallery. To top it all off we got a really nice sunset time lapse I threw in for kicks! Tyler. photo continue reading...
Well not much to call home about with this chase other than the gas bill! Jordan and I drove all over Southwest MO and came up empty. We got some cool sunset / shelfcloud pics thats really about it! There were tornadoes after dark in the jungle of Southeast MO which isn't really worth the risk.

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Moore, OK was struck with a high end tornado today causing catastrophic damage. Two schools where hit that had children in them at the time. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the storms. Today we got a late start so we didn’t make it to OKC. We got on a cell near Skiatook, OK and chased it northeast to Talala, OK where we got video of a stove pipe tornado. It looked like this tornado stayed over rural areas hopefully no one was injured. Here is the video of the tornado near Talala, OK.
Well the 3-22 Iowa chase was a success I caught the tornado near Creston, IA as you have problem noticed several chasers also caught the Creston, IA tornado on video. Even though the tornado wasn’t a Storm Patrol exclusive the chase was allot of fun. A little meteorology, the storms formed in NE KS then moved NE at 50+ mph. It wasn’t long after initiation that the storms took on supercell characteristics but they where high based with really only a wind / hail threat. It wasn’t until the storms got close to the warm front that they began to develop low level rotation this is a common occurrence with chases in a small warm sector and storms riding over a warm front there is only a narrow window to see tornadoes as the cells interact with the boundary. I read the other day that they now think that only 5% to 10% of supercells produce tornadoes in the 1990’s it was thought that supercells may produce tornadoes up to 50% of the time! As an avid storm chaser I can tell you the 50% value is WAY too high I would even lean towards the 5% or LESS value. Tyler. SPC Slight, 10% tornado 750 Miles. Left home 8am 3-22 Returned 3pm 3-23