Chased in north central Kansas.
Got the Hanover KS Tornado.
Chased in north central Kansas.
Got the Hanover KS Tornado.
Ben Tucker and I chased the same Hanover tornado. Got some wild video and pics. Will post tomorrow.
Got the Hanover tornado as well. It was a smidge close when it formed(probably 1/4 mile south). It was forming too close so I went east and it went right behind me and turned into a stout tornado(larger than Doug's image of it here).
JB and Randy Chamberlain got it as well.
Caught the Manchester, KS tornado, it was about seven miles away. Seemed to be very close to the rain core north of the puesudo rain free base. Looked like a lot of people were watching this, the base, instead of the tornado. Contrast was very poor from my location, you had to look for it
Well after getting off work around 4 i headed south on 50, then at Hwy 2 and 50, i go west on Hwy 2 to 66 south , and pretty much was on gravel roads, plenty of spotters out tonight , kind of funny when the winds kicked in the firemen sitting at the cemetery entrance watching the storm, i looked at them and they look at me ,, when them winds kickedd up we both kind of said Oh Crap" it was almost a sandstorm but mroe like gravel being blown at you, i had to roll up my windows and i cant wait for the scracthes on the car to appear in the morning light ;-), also before that line came through i had been on the direct path of the beatrice storm and only to be fed up with the tornado reports from beatrice storm i get all the way down there and the storm CRAPS OUT! figures" anyways encountered some strong winds, couple of signs blown over , and it was cool to see muddy dirt getting kicked up under the mush line stuff going east, pretty cool pics of clouds but thats all i can really report... im working on pics"
Bring on the next chase im bound to win sooner or later ;-)
EDIT Pics and Account Now Up At ) http://www.stormchaserdan.com/cyclon...006_photos.htm
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I was able to observe about 20 minutes worth of a long-lived tornadic supercell near Clay Center, KS. The supercell raced NNE at 45 mph, so 20 minutes was all I could manage. It produced 3 tornadoes in that short time frame, two were so so, but the third developed into what appered to be a wedge as it raced away from me.
Seemed like about every chaser in the world was somewhere between Clay Center and Marysville. It was actually quite tough to travel with so much traffic. Especially those that would partially park on the shoulder, but leave part of there vehicle on the road. My crew first intercepted the wall cloud near Abilene and rode NNE to the NE/KS border. We came across two funnel clouds to our N and NW about 8 miles NNE of Abilene. Unfortunately, was not able to get out and get any stills since we were just fighting to keep up with the storms. I did get a little video of it though. From the looks of things, the funnel directly to our north never touched down, but the one to our NW may have. We were unable to tell because it became lost in the high precip. This may have been the one that eventually got to Clay Center. Unfortunately, working through the road system dropped us well behind and we arrived in Clay Center just in time to see multiple emergency vehicles head to the west of town.
Our crew continued to head NNE into Washington Co. figuring that we were stuck in between the storm now well to the north and the one hailing on Manhattan. As we arrived in the town of Barnes, we made the last minute decision to continue to head east to HW77. Had we turned north on 148, we would have had a nice view like Doug's picture above. Unfortunately, we didn't notice what had quickly shown up directly behind us until after passing the 148 turn. Probably should have paid more attention to the 50 guys in Barnes out of their vehicles and cameras set up. I believe this is the tornado that eventually got to Hanover.
By the time we reached Marysville, there was some more activity to our west as the updraft was working hard once again. But just to the north of Marysville, a stupid train decided that it had to get going just then. So we were stuck there for about 10 minutes. Our other crew was able to catch up to us and tell us all about the tornado that they captured to the south of Hanover. As we crossed into Nebraska we eventually hit the heavy precip and we all know what happened to the storms from there.
So all in all, it was an exciting chase, but from looking at the pictures above, we just barely missed some great tornadoes. Hope next time they will be quite a bit slower. I would like to get out of the car and stretch every once in a while. Not to mention take a picture or two. Can't wait to read the other chase accounts in the upcoming days. Sounds like a lot of people got a good look at these storms. I pray that there were no injuries from the tornadoes and that every one is ok.
My chase group and I were on the same storms, but not until they crossed the border into Gage county. Honestly would have had a perfect view of the "multi vortex tornado" near Odell, but had a smaller cell moving in for a merger at that exact time frame and it totally obscured the wall from view for about ten minutes. When we could finally see the beautiful wall again, it was due west and partially rain wrapped, but really hauling to the North (nothing new).
Followed it for a while and eventually we were located about 2 miles west of it with a solid funnel reaching toward the ground (perhaps in contact), but I couldn't tell too well as I was trying to watch the road at the same time and had a couple hills in the way. The new storm was quickly rolling in on us from the South so we booked it East, at one point, debris from the torando was falling around us which was a crazy experience. After getting out of the way of storm 2, the wall cloud became evident to our SSW and was bearing down on us this time. Inflow was great, and a large funnel was once again reaching downward but I was busy driving away from it at 80 and couldn't really stop to look back until the rotation became rainwrapped once again.
After this, yet another cell slightly farther east was headed in. We were trying to get into position, ran into bad road network suddenly, and looked up and slightly North to see a well developed meso centered almost right above us. Maybe a quarter mile to the North was a tight rotation, but it did not descent very far. Inflow into this beast was screaming, and it was warned about a minute after it developed on top of us (NE Gage County). However, with a dead end, and minimum maintenance roads going both North and South, we were forced for the second chase in a row to take the brunt of the hook echo precip. Luckily, hail was minimal. Just some heavy rain. And also, this chase, we weren't pinned due to poor map reading, but rather because the chasers had become the chased for a bit.
I hate when that happens, but I guess it's just a fact of chasing. Luckily, what we ended up underneath wasn't the wedge it could have been. For now, I'm mentally exhausted and time for some sleep. Also... next time, I'm not driving!! haha
Dick McGowan, Eric B'Hymer, Jordan Wrecke, and I managed to capture two tornadoes today in Clay Co. KS. Both were on the ground at the same time. One about a mile to our east and one a mile to our west. One was a classic stovepipe and looked a lot like the Big Springs Nebraska tornado a few years ago. Here are a few pics. These photos of the tornadoes were near Manchester,
tornado to our west..will get better vid capture later
All in all not a bad chase day...might have seen a few more touchdowns near Clay Center.
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Jon Davies and I chased NC Kansas near Salina this afternoon. Initially, we were on the Lincoln County storm, but let it go as it was moving away from us at 50+ MPH. We then picked up the McPherson County storm and followed it N/NE past Salina. After nearly getting munched by a fast moving meso and gust front, we followed a new meso that developed E/SE of the original one and watched what may have been a F0 type circulation pass 1/4 mile to our west in rapidly rotating rain curtains.
We followed this some distance toward Manchester (15 miles N/NW of Abilene), and saw it produce a tornado in low contrast to our north for several minutes. At one point, this had the appearance of a narrow cone or stovepipe, then began to lift and rope out. This tornado was probably located roughly 3 miles N/E of Manchester around 4:15 P.M. The storm continued moving north at such a rapid pace that we could not stay with it, and opted to intercept another supercell near Junction City that was non-tornadic before ending our chase.
Here are a few pictures of the Manchester tornado.
Wide Shot (of stovepipe, looking N/NW):
Shots of the tornado toward the end of it's life cycle:
This was a fun chase. However, I'm now ready for the late spring SLOW MOVERS!!!!