Archive for May, 2011

23 May 2011 Storm Chase (Pt. 1 of 2) – Summary and videos

After debating between a PA and southern VA target, Jason and I decided to head south towards the better instability. While several tornadoes were reported in PA, the day was not a disappointment as we caught multiple funnel clouds and a possible tornado on video. We started the trip stuck in traffic. After heading out […]

It’s quiet… too quiet

May 2011 has been very quiet in terms of tornadoes… Very few people have had success while chasing in the Plains this year… it’s truly been one of the worst years for Plains storm chasing. April had a lot of tornadoes, but most of them occurred in the Southeast outside of prime chasing territory. —– […]

5/8/11 Storm Pictures

Needed a bit more rest than I thought, heh. Pictures and video will slowly be rolling in as I process stuff. Meanwhile, below is a distance shot of the SD supercell that produced a tornado before we got to it on 5/8/11. The sun was setting, and the overshooting top actually cast a shadow on […]

A day of rest, followed by video/picture editing

Recharging the battery today, but tomorrow I’ll get on posting pictures and video that I got during the last two weeks. The 98% forecast for at least one tornado I made for Wednesday was a bit fool-hardy, but I was feeling pretty good after hitting the tornadic cell in South Dakota two days prior. Had […]

Chasecation Day 13 – Going home

It’s a long trek back to Maryland, but we’re going to make the ~900 mile trip from St. Clair, Missouri today no matter how long it takes. We decided to check out some storms in Missouri, and we saw tons of lightning, nickel-sized hail and strong winds. The storms formed into a MCS and made […]

Chasecation Day 12 – Tails Between our Legs

Yesterday was a complete and total bust for everyone… including us, the SPC, and about 100+ chasers that spent the day waiting for something that didn’t happen. The midday convection maintained itself in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and actually got re-invigorated during the afternoon as it slowly crept eastward. Those storms killed the return flow […]

Chasecation Day 11 – The Day of Reckoning

Well folks, today is the day. It’s what we’ve been waiting for the whole trip. There is a fairly significant chance for tornadoes today in Kansas and Oklahoma, and we’ve positioned ourselves quite well for the possibility of two or more intercepts as two rounds of storms, one in the early afternoon and one in […]