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Chasecation 2012 Videos

La Crosse, KS tornadoes from 5/25:

…and a time-lapse of the supercell that spawned the nighttime tornadoes:

Thunderstorm time-lapse in May, OK from 6/3:

And here’s a re-post of the Piedmont, OK tornado from 5/29 (just to have all of the videos on one post):

Chasecation 2012 Day 13 – Heading home part two

With a little over 700 miles until home, today marks the last day of the chasecation. We saw six tornadoes and got on storms every chase day. It’s a little disappointing that we didn’t get to chase storms through the end of the week, but at the same time we get to save some money and get some down time at home before returning to work.

It will be a late night tonight, followed by a day of recovery tomorrow before returning to work on Thursday.

Chasecation 2012 Day 12 – Heading home part one

We left Ponca City, OK a little after noon today with the goal of getting back home late tomorrow. The drive home will be a little under 1300 miles, but at least we don’t have to worry about a target area for chasing or anything relating to getting on the storms… we just have to drive.

I might get some more images processed in the car today, but I have a feeling that I will just be relaxing and taking in all of the visuals of the trip home.

Chasecation 2012 Day 11 – Might be the last day

We are in Waynoka, OK on what could be the last chase day before heading home early. After today, the pattern does not really support active severe weather except up in Montana, and the tornado threat up that way is too marginal to justify going all the way up there from the central Plains when it would take just as long to drive there as it would to drive home. Leaving early would leave us with some extra cash, too!

The outflow boundary virtually killed tornado chances for us yesterday, though it look like if we had kept going north into the cluster of storms in east-central Colorado we might have caught a quick tornado or land spout.

We did see some decent structure and other things on our chase yesterday, including this:

Chasecation 2012 Day 10 – Same as yesterday

After spending our third night in a row in Amarillo, TX, we are heading north towards Boise City, OK for the initial staging of today’s chase. The goal again will be getting some supercell structure shots.

There was a beautiful supercell well east of us on the eastern border of the Texas Panhandle, and we took some shots of it while also chasing a storm that kicked up a nice RFD dust plume.

We ended up staying with our original storm as the light faded, spending some time to get lightning shots before calling it a day.

In the end it was a pretty fulfilling day despite not getting a tornado, which we hadn’t planned on seeing, anyway. Below is a cropped, wide-screen video still of one of the lightning shots:

Ian caught the same shot on his camera:

Chasecation 2012 Day 9 – Texas Panhandle fun

We are currently driving northwest towards Dalhart, TX to get some supercell structure shots today. Tornadoes aren’t out of the question, but it looks like today will be better to sit back from the storm a ways and enjoy the cloud formations.

With land this flat, even if we are 15 miles away from the storm when it drops a tornado we could probably still see it!

I got the Piedmont, OK video finished yesterday, so if you don’t follow my Twitter or Facebook accounts (which you should!), here’s the video:

Of course, there were just tornado warnings in my home county back in MD just a little while ago. Been waiting on a Mid-Atlantic setup like the one going on now since last June, and I’m missing it! Oh well… these things happen.

Chasecation 2012 Day 8 – Down day in Amarillo, TX

We’re spending the day in Amarillo, TX after a failed chase yesterday. It’s nice to not be on the move for the first time in eight days. I’ll be working on processing video from the Piedmont, OK tornado from 5/29 and will post it on Facebook and Twitter later today.

Today is a good day to get laundry done and get the oil changed, so we’re doing exactly that.