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    Wow, what a day for a lot of chasers out there!

    Here's the link to my chase log from the day: http://www.eyeonthetwister.com/2012/04/23/april-14/

    And the link to the video if you're more interested in watching that instead of viewing the log:

    I would have had these posted earlier, but having a 4 month old really impedes on getting anything accomplished at home

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    I drove all the way from Seattle to be here for this event and here are some of my pictures of the Salina Kansas tornado. 4,200 miles of driving in 4 days, totally worth it.IMG_1928.jpgIMG_1930.jpgIMG_1942.jpg

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    Hey Ya'll,

    I forgot to share my pictures here from our 4/14/2012 Chase. A few chase buddies and I made a last minute decision to chase the epic setup in KS, so we left Raleigh, NC around 5pm Friday and got in to Kansas shortly after noon or so. Later that, we picked the right supercell SW of Salina and got these shots of what was rated as an EF-4 Tornado.

    Photos are on my Flickr photo stream. For video of our vantage point, see my chase partner's video (his HD camera is ALOT better than mine):

    Tornado near Salina, Kansas 4-14-2012 by CackalackyChaser, on Flickr

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    My post is pretty late, but I guessed it's better late than never. Dave Fick and myself started our day in Kansas and concluded by chasing the Cherokee, Oklahoma storm. We observed 5 tornadoes today. I will have a detailed report up on my site in a few days.. Here are a couple photos of a couple of the tornadoes we observed.

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    I don't recall any on-camera or followup reports of large hail from chasers on Hwy 4 between Crawford and Langley that day --as they followed closely, just northwest of the tornado. Did you know in advance there would be none or were you just taking a chance?

    I stopped my northward pursuit on 26th Road, two miles south of the Hwy 4 curve (southeast of Crawford) and within 1 1/4 miles, as it passed to my northwest. I recently completed a detailed study of chaser locations from southeast of Geneseo to near Marquette --for my archive files. Anyway, curious about the hail absence and, if so, why it wasn't there. That was easily the best I have seen in 56 years of chasing (taped 13 minutes on HD/DVD from basically the same location) and a perfect chaser tornado, with little damage and no fatalities.

    - - - Dave Hoadley

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    Here's a report to make good on the placeholder I posted earlier in this thread. The lateness is attributable to my coming down with a nasty, long-lasting virus the day of my return from the chase, and to catching up on work as I finally got to feeling better. After looking at other chasers' fabulous photos and videos from this day, I doubt I've got much to add, but it's still another piece of the puzzle for what to date has been the last significant setup of this season.

    My long-time chase partner Bill Oosterbaan and I teamed up with fellow Michigan chaser Robert Forry and a friend of mine, Steve Barclift, both of whom were experiencing their first Great Plains chase, and Steve's first chase ever. We couldn't have picked a better day--one of those proverbial shooting-fish-in-a-barrel setups, though in actual practice it wasn't quite that simple.

    We had overnighted at Ben Holcomb's after chasing SW Oklahoma the previous day. After grabbing breakfast, we headed out. Our plan was to simply mosey north into Kansas up I-35, then drift west toward the dryline as storms initiated--not the most sophisticated targeting, but a practical approach for that day. We took US 160 west toward Coldwater and eventually closed in on our first storm of the day. As we got close enough to get a clear view of the low-level features, we could make out a tornado in progress in the distance. It was far away but distinct, a nice cone.

    We tracked with this storm, but after its initial tornadic outburst it seemed to go mushy and was having a hard time organizing as it drifted northeastward. We hung with it for quite a while but eventually opted to drop down toward the storm to our south, which appeared more robust. Naturally, the storm we dropped reorganized after we left it and started putting down tubes while our new target attenuated into a skinny cell and eventually disappeared from the radar. By then, we had dropped down yet again to the next cell below, and this one did the trick. From our first point of contact near Pretty Prairie, on up to Lost Springs and Delavan, we tracked with this storm as it dropped several tornadoes.

    Here is my YouTube video. The latter part was shot after dark, and it's best viewed in low light. Then you can easily make out the tornadoes; otherwise, in brighter light you probably won't see much. For a more detailed report that also includes the previous day in Oklahoma and the following day in Minnesota, visit my blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Hoadley View Post
    I don't recall any on-camera or followup reports of large hail from chasers on Hwy 4 between Crawford and Langley that day --as they followed closely, just northwest of the tornado. Did you know in advance there would be none or were you just taking a chance?

    I stopped my northward pursuit on 26th Road, two miles south of the Hwy 4 curve (southeast of Crawford) and within 1 1/4 miles, as it passed to my northwest. I recently completed a detailed study of chaser locations from southeast of Geneseo to near Marquette --for my archive files. Anyway, curious about the hail absence and, if so, why it wasn't there.

    - - - Dave Hoadley
    David, our plan was to skirt the FF-Gust front and stay to the east of the main hail core and estimated tornado track. We were right at the top of the bend on K-4 initially, but then adjusted about 2 miles east near Plum ave. shortly before the wedge came into view. After our adjustment, and with the approaching tornado in sight, we did experience some brief and light hail. One of my chase partners, Kevin Smith, documented that brief hailing in the first 30 seconds of his video :



    She was indeed a beauty, and probably the best I'll ever see for some time to come!
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    Below is a visual chronicle of the 14-April-2012 Central Kansas storm trek as experienced by chase partners Ryan Miller, Keith Brown, and myself. Documented using four different imaging formats (analogue, digital, and motion picture film -- the later is set for it's own lone video). This 10-minute video highlights more of the experience, rather than the tornadoes from the day as a whole... but was quite fun to produce.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15O00qKnAKE&list=UUuJvQxINFTbjXHSOel3zxTw& index=1&feature=plcp


    Enjoy.

    ..Blake..

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    Finally got my chase log posted for this event which includes a full account, annotated map, stats, pictures, and video. At 40 images, 20 minutes of video, and pages of text it's my longest chase log yet. These take entirely too long to write so I'll probably be posting briefer accounts from now on:
    http://skip.cc/chase/120414/

    Although not my most spectacular chase, this was a crazy, hectic day filled start to finish with chasing, storms, funnels, and tornadoes. Thanks again to Jennifer Brindley Ubl for the photography and Brad Goddard for driving and saving the day through our near catastrophes.

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