Friday, May 30, 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

May 27th Sunset Cell





Tomorrow target area looks to be Nebraska.....

Reports for May 23rd













Waking up to a GVTH to start the day is so pleasing to an ear....the thunder was awesome and the smell of rain is soothing....We doodled around than went to Oberlin where we chilled in the rain until intiaition began out of Oakley....this was the first storm we decided to punch to pass the time....inside revealed a quick meso with hail the size of quarter to inhailer sized...lol! than we headed south to get east of a cell that became severe and had better potential to be tornado warned...sure enough as we got on I70 heading east to punch to get in the southeast quadrant of the storm there was a tornado on the ground....it was just rain so this was good news so I got through no problem....wrapping around we positioned ourselves in front of the tornado's path....in the back of my mind I was already thinking of everybody else leaving at the last minute...I was thinkin of every possible scenario....I couldn't help but be fascinated by the intensity and size of the tornado as it approached closer and closer....it was at this point I knew I may have been the dumbest chaser out there! I was not a meteorologist in the moment....I had no purpose being where I was but just to get the suspense of the video and pics....I look back on this and realize if I was doing a bit of research or had a purpose in being in the path of the tornado than no regrets....but there are regrets....looking back at the video I can't help but realize God lifted that monster into the sky within seconds of it coming towards us.....than respawning over I70 on the north side redeveloping into a wedge which me nor Shep saw....we only saw a beginning staged tornado with multiple funnels wrapping around this thing...after this I turned around where every chaser went north...there was freakin suicide traffic...I said screw that....on I70 we headed further east and stopped to look back to see some intense Tsunami Shear....moving in waves through convection and evaporation.....beautiful for sure! This pretty much ended the chase due to radar quitting on the laptop....we headed back early before the severe storms in the night got dangerous with multiple wedges....at the edge edge of the storm near Colby...we saw a roll cloud that went for miles...it was cool!



Report for May 22nd




















An epic day for both Colorado/KansasTo start the day early a wedge tornado swept through Windsor around 11:30AM causing F3 damage.....driving outside of Fort Morgan out of reach to this historical event....I was angry....sad...concerned....all emotions at this point driving east to Kansas....today I learned not to be a chaser but to be a meteorologist....all the conditions were perfect, but it was cloudy in Greeley when we left around 10 in the morning which left me dumbfounded....the only thing was to keep going and go with what I forecasted in Kansas a week out not a wedge in Colorado though.....I knew there would be tornadoes in CO but not a wedge....matter of fact I figured they would develop closer to Fort Morgan area...but the front range got the attention....In Kansas later that day around 2 pm near Oakley popped the first severe warned storm....this was punched to get in front....this is where we ran into Chris Yates and Kristi Deibel! We headed north running parallel to the wall cloud with the greatest potential to drop a nader.....near Hoxie we watched the wall cloud move into higher dewpoints allowing the lowering to finally enhance tilting for multiple vorticies. Multiple vorticies wrapped each other for 7-10 minutes till finally a tornado developed and connected....this is where we watched from a distance the tornado moving south to north crossing 24 damaging power poles and letting cows free....after this storm Chris & Kristi headed home as me & Shep went to catch a storm for hail....the coloring of this storm was spectacular with the light glowing and reflecting the green color....again this storm moved NNE....after this we waited in this small town letting the core pass over with heavy winds and rain....it was nice! Than we drove to Norton, KS...not really thinking of the nxt day...but more just sleep...it was a long day due to the CO incident lingering in the back of my mind for sure....bittersweet.....my prayers for the rebuilding of the community of Windsor and Kansas towns impacted by today....



Thursday, May 22, 2008

I like my chances today!


c you on the plains all!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Weds-Thurs 21-22

Next chance for severe weather setup....await further updated models....

May 13th








The Return Home

It was a slow day for us in DFW....got to see good family and friends...unfortunately we were in the area of the cells that were going on, but were too far....so it was bittersweet....
There will be more storms no doubt about it....We left Dallas around 8 pm and now just got back into Greeley an hour ago...all in all it was a fun trip....
Ready for another chase...but right now I have to move all my crap out of my house...till then keep watching the skies....peace out!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Other Side of the Bust

if u want a bust than we will bust it out just for you!
music made possible by screaming Demon Hunter & this Shep's Chasing Techno Music

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

May 13th





The only quickie supercell of the day given the cold front killed off any chance of cells structuring.....so I apparently lost my leg....or did I?
So we finished off near Graham and headed towards family's house in DFW.....Slight risk for tom....shows promising value for staying another day.....more updates later....

Hangin with the Duncans

You suck Shep! yea we are waiting for any cells to put to the southeast, south....to chase after! peace out!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Slight Risk for Tues....


Moderate Risk for Tuesday looks promising in later updated SPC's heck even a PDS would be fantastic....

models look very exciting....border of TX/OK gonna be tornadically important...be ready storm chasers...
than there's always late night cells bfore the MCS...Springfield, MO...
forecast will be up later when models update....

Saturday, May 10, 2008

May 9th







This was a beginning of just these ragged looking dieing cells producing east of Brush/Ft. Morgan....at first my target in the beginning of the forecast period a couple days back was North Platte...but I wanted to make sure initiation would begin....A cell popped up north of Sterling....this moved east out of Nebraska cutting through the NE corner of CO producing a bunch of hail....but the storm of interest was the cell producing behind the massive cell in front....the outflow fed into a classic supercell....very photogenic....this cell was intense with the nice skinny Beaver's Tail from the south wrapping around into this storm. A possible landspout tried to form from this storm but dissipated from cutoff outflow and here's the pic below....



May 8th






Phil Webber & I went driving all around Greeley....north/east/south of a perimeter of 2 hours from Greeley all around.....a bust of just rain....in the later hours of 6pm to 8pm...a cell produced over Greeley...ha....this produced smaller than pea sized hail....yes....anything works for me....I didn't even drive for this one....it chased me....than I drove out a little on the outskirts with Ben Heckel to get some sunset shots...this ended the day well....