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2003 Chase Images

WRAPPING UPDRAFT - CLARENCE, MO 5-10-2003 (s)

This supercell's updraft region begins to "wrap up" as a small funnel cloud developes. Looking northeast from highway 36 in northern Missouri.

TORNADO 1 - MONROE CITY, MO 5-10-2003 (v)

A tornado delights the Tempest Tour guests a few miles east on Monroe City, Missouri.

TORNADO 2 - MONROE CITY, MO 5-10-2003 (v)

We are looking ENE as the tornado moves rapidly off to the northeast. Bands of condensation begin rotating around the upper portion of the tornado.

TORNADO 3 - MONROE CITY, MO 5-10-2003 (v)

The tornado reaches the mature stage as it continues racing off to the northeast.

SEVERE STORM - ALLIANCE, NE 5-17-2003 (s)

A dramatic mammatus field forms above the advancing gust front of this severe warned storm near Carhenge - Alliance, Nebraska.

CLOUD SHADOW - ILIFF, CO 5-18-2003 (s)

Weak storms to our north cast this razor edge cloud shadow over farm land in northeast Colorado.

WHICH WAY? - PALO DURO CANYON, TX - 5-20-2003 (s)

The Tempest Tour guests passing time waiting for storms to initiate.

BUILDING CONVECTION - ORLA, TX 5-25-2003 (s)

Storm towers begin to build over a remote area of southwest Texas.

OROGRAPHIC STORMS 1 - RATON, NM 5-26-2003 (s)

A moist easterly flow over high terrain (upslope) results in late afternoon storm development.

OROGRAPHIC STORMS 2 - RATON, NM 5-26-2003 (s)

Rainfall intensifies as this cumulus congestus cloud grows into a cumulonimbus (thunderstorm) cloud.

OROGRAPHIC STORMS 3 - RATON, NM 5-26-2003 (s)

Strong updrafts are made evident by these building cloud towers above a flat dark base.

OROGRAPHIC STORMS 4 - RATON, NM 5-26-2003 (s)

This cloud tower had become tall enough to start producing CG's (Cloud to Ground lightning) around the time this photo was taken.

WEAK STORM - CHADRON, NE 5-27-2003 (s)

A weak thunderstorm offers a picturesque valley view in northwestern Nebraska.

MINI LP - CHADRON, NE 5-27-2003 (s)

A small moisture starved updraft takes on LP (Low Precipitation) characteristics in the northern Nebraska Panhandle.

FARMSTEAD - CHADRON, NE 5-27-2003 (s)

White updraft towers offered a splendid backdrop for this abandoned farmstead in the Nebraska Panhandle.

SNOW PASS - ROCKY MTN NTL PK, CO 5-29-2003 (s)

A day with no storms in late May is a good time to visit Rocky Mtn Ntl Park and be dwarfted by the winter's snow pack.

CLOUD TOWERS- ROCKY MTN NTL PK, CO 5-29-2003 (s)

Towering Cumulus form during the early afternoon hours over the mountains. A familiar afternoon scene when moisture is present.

SEVERE STORM 1 - FT MORGAN, CO 5-30-2003 (s)

Strong convective towers and a white hail shaft near Kersey, Colorado.

SEVERE STORM 2 - FT MORGAN, CO 5-30-2003 (s)

Pretty cloud structure forms below a developing severe storm in northeastern Colorado.

SEVERE STORM 3 - FT MORGAN, CO 5-30-2003 (s)

As this storm evolves, the structure and color become more dramatic.

CROOKED CG - YUMA, CO 5-30-2003 (s)

An isolated CG (Cloud to Ground lightning bolt) occurs with this advancing line of severe storms in northeastern Colorado.

LIGHTNING 1 - WRAY, CO 5-30-2003 (s)

A nicely branched lightning bolt is captured during a time lapse photo in eastern Colorado.

LIGHTNING 2 - WRAY, CO 5-30-2003 (s)

Another highly visible strike make possible by minimal rainfall close to the lightning.

LIGHTNING 3 - WRAY, CO 5-30-2003 (s)

A nicely branched CG (Cloud to Ground) lightning bolt.

LIGHTNING 4 - WRAY, CO 5-30-2003 (s)

This wide angle view reveals increasing lightning activity filling the skies over eastern Colorado.

CLOUD TOWERS - BREWSTER, NE 7-5-2003 (s)

The lonely dirt road appears to lead directly to the developing "storm of the day" in northern Nebraska.

SEVERE STORM 1 - ELSMERE, NE 7-5-2003 (s)

A powerful "tail end charlie" storm gathers strength as it plows southward in north central Nebraska.

SEVERE STORM 2 - ELSMERE, NE 7-5-2003 (s)

Looking north at a fast approaching severe storm in north central Nebraska.

SEVERE STORM 3 - ELSMERE, NE 7-5-2003 (s)

An overwhelming presence is felt as this severe storm moves nearly overhead.

SEVERE STORM 4 - ELSMERE, NE 7-5-2003 (s)

A view to the northwest into the heavy rain and hail core of this fast approaching severe thunderstorm.

MAMMATUS 1 - ELSMERE, NE 7-5-2003 (s)

A severe storm's passage leaves a fantastic field of mammatus clouds in its wake.

MAMMATUS 2 - ELSMERE, NE 7-5-2003 (s)

Another look to the north as the setting sun paints a beautiful field of mammatus clouds.

MAMMATUS 3 - ELSMERE, NE 7-5-2003 (s)

Looking to the south, a severe thunderstorm fills the sky with a fabulous display of orange mammatus clouds just after sunset.

MAMMATUS 4 - ELSMERE, NE 7-5-2003 (s)

The western edge of a powerful updraft tower can be seen below this beautiful field of bulbous mammatus.

ANVIL CRAWLERS - SIOUX CITY, IA - 7-4-2003 (s)

These anvil crawlers were filmed around midnight after a line of severe storms had moved thru the area.

TOWER LIGHTNING 1 - SIOUX CITY, IA 7-4-2003 (s)

A CG (Cloud to Ground) lightning strike is caught hitting a radio tower east of Sioux City, Iowa.

TOWER LIGHTNING 2 - SIOUX CITY, IA 7-4-2003 (s)

A highly branched spectacle of lightning is seen striking a radio tower east of Sioux City, Iowa just as the 4th of July begins!

SUPERCELL 1 - BELLE FOURCHE, SD 7-8-2003 (s)

Looking west, a supercell begins to take on a nice "stack of plates" appearance as it crosses the Belle Fourche dam in South Dakota.

SUPERCELL 2 - BELLE FOURCHE, SD 7-8-2003 (s)

Under the base of an approaching supercell thunderstorm in western South Dakota.

SUPERCELL 3 - BELLE FOURCHE, SD 7-8-2003 (s)

Looking to the north at the beautiful structure of a tornado warned thunderstorm near the town of Newell, South Dakota.

SUPERCELL 4 - BELLE FOURCHE, SD 7-8-2003 (s)

A high point near Enning South Dakota affords a view west along highway 34 as this dramatic supercell noses its way southward.

FEATHERY CLOUDS - LAMONI, IA 7-9-2003 (s)

An interesting display of feathery cloud shapes fill the western sky just after a line of thunderstorms passes through the area.

LIGHTNING 1 - BETHANY, MO 7-9-2003 (s)

Lightning adds a dramatic effect to the beauty of this farmland in northwest Missouri.

LIGHTNING 2 - BETHANY, MO 7-9-2003 (s)

A CG (Cloud to Ground) lightning bolt lights up the clouds over northwestern Missouri.

LIGHTNING 3 - BETHANY, MO 7-9-2003 (s)

A "ziggy" bolt of lightning lights up the early evening sky over northwestern Missouri.

CUMULONIMBUS - LAST CHANCE, CO 7-11-2003 (s)

This impressive storm explodes over east central Colorado in the center of SPC's severe watch box area during the late afternoon hours.

CUMULONIMBUS 2- LAST CHANCE, CO 7-11-2003 (s)

This isolated thunderstorm begins to weaken as it moves away from the photographer to the southeast.

TWIN TOWERS - LIMON, CO 7-11-2003 (s)

New convective towers develop in the southwestern sky near Limon, Colorado just after sunset.

BACKYARD CG - BERNVILLE, PA 7-21-2003 (s)

A close CG (Cloud to Ground) lightning strike is captured in my back yard during an early evening thunderstorm.

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VISIT 2003 CHASE SUMMARIES FOR MORE PHOTOS!

TRIP ONE:     MAY 9 - JUNE 1, 2003:

TRIP TWO:    JULY 2 - JULY 13, 2003:

HURRICANE ISABEL:    SEPT 18, 2003:

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