From: "Jim Duncan, KU0G"
Subject: Close, but no cigar in Kansas City... Two nights in a row!!! Haven't had this good of a weekend since that last "all-school/all-night combination beer-bust/toga/naked-dancing-girls party" at CMSU way back when. Best part of this one is that I can actually remember all of this one! Tonight's chase went like this... Sitting at the computer all day watching Mesoscale Discussions, Outlooks and my live radar feed just waiting for the caps to break...Thunderstorm watch finally issued and the storms started lining up from just west of Wichita to near Des Moines. The line started filling in around 1830 CDST. Called my ham radio net on the local repeater and the SKYWARN net control station came up as soon as I closed and said they were activating immediately with storms due in the area within 30 minutes! WOW!!!! Right in my own backyard... Grabbed the camera and binoculars and headed west to greet the first cell. Was instantly gratified when Net Control relayed a reported of a rotating wall cloud coming out of Wyandotte County, Kansas, moving right toward me. Parked on the Kansas side of the Missouri River on I-435 and watched the reported RWC move across the river and abruptly take a 45 degree right turn and start moving rapidly eastward...I never observed rotation but there was certainly good inflow to this one...Took a quick photo of the alleged wall cloud, well back-lit by the setting sun..Hope it turns out!!! Of course, I made the wrong choice of roads to grab east and got slowed WAY down by traffic on Mo-45 through Parkville but kept good view of the RWC. Other observers reported seeing rotation but I simply couldn't confirm that part.... By the time I got to I-29 the RWC had already outrun me but I still tried to play catch-up. Headed up 169 then east on I-435 through 1/2" hail and heavy rain but finally gave up on this one as a lost chase... Gassed up and headed back west into Platte County MO to catch the next cell in the train of storms that were lining up to move through. Caught a request from NWS to Leavenworth KS on a cell that was indicated by radar. Got myself north up I-29 to KCI airport and watched another nice lowering develop. Finally! In the right place/position at the right time! Pursued this one across Mo-291 to I-435, again on 291 to Liberty then I-35 north to US69. The lowering never produced a solid, well-defined wall cloud but the CG from it was SPECTACULAR. By the time I hit Excelsior Springs the lowering had dissipated but the CG light-show continued!!! All during this chase KB0UZQ, Bill Young, was out in The Behemoth (mistakenly noted in previous messages as The Family Roadster!) giving reports and joining in the chase along with several other hams from the Clay County ARES group. The evening ended with three of us, Bill and I along with Tim Mitchell (KA5RYF) making a late call at Sonic in Kearney, MO. and swapping stories from the evening's sport.... Tonight's chase, along with a LOT more actual sightings and information have been posted to my JavAPRS site at http://www.kcaprs.org/aprs/radio.html BTW: Got 897 hits on this page as of 1:00 p.m. today. Would appreciate hearing from those who take a peek!!! Happy chasing to the guys on east tomorrow!!! -- 73 de Jim, KU0G Chairman/Coordinator Kansas City APRS Working Group Rogue Squadron Storm Chasers EMail: email@example.com Webpage: http://www.kcaprs.org
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