Monday, June 6, 2016

5/21/16 Leoti, KS supercell

Haven't chased as much as previous years-mostly because the week everything happened I was in a conference in Colorado. Yes, that means all the tornadoes close to home... I wasn't there. Stressful! I did sneak in a chase in western Kansas right before I left though! Here are a few shots from that day.
Backside of supercell had an impressive base. Making up lost ground due to roads and playing the second target.

Approaching from the west, impressive mammatus with base still viewable to the left. Leoti in the distance.

Coming at it from the south! Blurry, but ominous!

Some very interesting advection/motion on the storm! Have a timelapse of this, will post later.

Impressive view as storm starts to weaken.

Even more impressive mammatus at sunset!

Still chugging along!

Sun lighting up mammatus above the updraft.

Storm is dying, dropping some gorgeous lightning too!

Been waiting for these low precipitation supercell lightning shots for years!

Monday, May 2, 2016

4/24/16 Holyrook to Manhattan supercell (KS)

Attempt #1

Attempt #2

Attempt #3 and success! Supercell is born and going strong!

Sucking moisture off the ground under its base.


Subi's second supercell!

Very organized forward flank with rear flank peeking in far left.

Rear flank (RFD) left of center starting to rotate around small wall cloud.

Wall cloud/scud extends further to the surface as RFD gets closer!

Rotating around the wall cloud. Great structure!

Wrapped in rain. RFD has now occluded the wall cloud/funnel.

A second RFD develops left of center near Ellsworth, KS.

Sucking in lots of moisture!

Great structure on this supercell.

Ragged wall cloud.

Third RFD wrapping around wall cloud, trying to produce...again.

Wrap, wrap, wrap!

Very close to producing, but alas it wasn't to be.

Storm kept sucking moisture off the ground! Gypsum Hills are annoying!

Some old ruins.

Mature, very strong supercell. Look at the waves of the mid-level inflow!

Textbook structure on the mesocyclone.

A closer peek!

Attempt four at a tornado.

Getting ragged again.

North of Abilene, still great structure, but all shrouded and rain, outflow dominant.

Fantastic mammatus show south of Manhattan.

Elevated and pretty at sunset!

Not a great photo, but I picked up the family. This is a shot from my 11 month old's first storm chase!

It is upon us! My son's first core punch! :)

First attempt at producing a tornado.