Yet again I spent nearly
seven weeks in May and June searching the Great
Plains of the United States for the best storms. May proved to be stormy
but lacked the "big tornado days" that often occur in the southern or central
plains during this time of year. June storms ramped up in number and
intensity and chasers enjoyed several significant, if not always tornadic, chase
days. Two tornado days of note were recorded on both June 5th and June 17th.
The former was known as the "Lagrange, Wyoming" tornado that was widely made
public by the media following the Vortex II project. The later event near
Aurora, Nebraska occurred right after the conclusion of Vortex II and was
undoubtedly the highlight of the year for many chasers!
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We targeted a tail-end supercell in
Alfalfa County that formed along a broken line of severe storms that
stretched northeast all the way to Illinois. Although the storm
wrapped up like a "top" it could not produce a tornado. A fun
chase day was had never-the-less!
May 25 - Shelf
Cloud - Perryton, Texas
After abandoning the pursuit of a
supercell that was weakening to our south in Oklahoma, we set our sights
on a menacing line of severe storms that was approaching Perryton, TX.
June 5 - LaGrange,
Although the tornado was in Wyoming we
made our intercept from the east in Nebraska, south of the
Harrisburg area. We later followed this tornadic storm eastward to
Dalton, Nebraska where it produced an incredible ground hugging wall
June 10 -
Supercells - Southwest Kansas
The first storms went
up just over the border in Colorado and then moved east into Kansas
where the atmosphere was more unstable. We had fun chasing the
storms for awhile but they eventually overtook us as they became messy.
June 11 - Twin
Supercells - Southeast Colorado
A fun time was had by all as we chased
two Supercells eastward across southern Colorado that were located
directly to our north and south. We ended the chase in Lamar just as the town
was about to be swallowed up by the massive southern storm!
June 14 - Tornadic
Supercell - Haskell County, Kansas
A long-lived supercell tracks across
Kansas and produces at least one tornado, then continues to move
eastward into central Kansas.
June 15 - Western
Kansas Supercells & Slapout LP!
After tornado warned Supercells east
of Dodge City turned ugly, I headed south looking for more isolated
activity along the Oklahoma Panhandle border. I found a beautiful
LP (Low Precipitation) supercell
just south of Slapout Oklahoma!
June 17 - Gibbon -
Aurora, Nebraska tornado!
A long-lived supercell produces a
brief tornado near Shelton, Nebraska and then goes on to produce
photographic storm structure which is topped off with an
18-minute long-tracked tornado that moves towards Aurora.
66 minutes of spectacular storms including time-lapsed sequences put to music.
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