Oklahoma Storms and Funnel 5/29/12

May 29, 2012 was sort of a failed chase day if we only wanted to see tornadoes that is. The day started off with a drive north from Texas. We passed through a small town called Roosevelt, OK. At the gas station, I was greeted by a friendly dog (in the photos below the video), and we also found this really neat sculpture down there of a guy made of tires (also in photos below the video). It’s cool to come across these sorts of fun and interesting things while out on the road. You never quite know what to expect in these small towns. We continued our journey northward. We targeted an area along the OK/KS border. Storms initiated there, and then developed southward. Mike was reluctant to chase in the infamous “data hole” but we had no choice. It was chase there, or bust. We followed the first batch of cumulus, which developed into the first storms of the day, and began to drop hail, and develop a … Read More…


Gusty Rain Shower 8/16/12

Today I experienced a gusty rain shower and a high based shelf cloud. Alright, not what I expected after being put in the slight risk by the SPC earlier, and then taken back out again. But I’ll take it. I woke up today to find that a dying MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) was heading in my direction, so I went out to the balcony and grabbed a couple shots of the high based shelf cloud, which I was in all honesty a bit surprised to see. This was in the morning around 10AM. Then I waited all day until about 7PM and I was treated to a gusty little rain shower. It didn’t have any lightning or any significant structure, but it was nice to see anyway. The below images however, were taken with the new camera that many of you friends and fans donated for back in June. I finally got it! This is the first decent weather test, so I present to you, gusty rain shower photos and … Read More…


Texas Supercell 5/28/12

The image on the left is a composite of video cuts. The lightning was intense in this storm, so I came away with a lot of good shots. We began chasing this storm in it’s early stages when it was just developing a core. Hail had already been reported up to at least quarter size, so we knew it was a healthy storm. Plus it looked rather menacing on radar. It was high based for what seemed like forever. We were hoping it would produce at least a small tornado, but the most tornadic thing we got out of it was a shear funnel right overhead. That wasn’t a downer really though, because this storm was an absolute beast. We core punched it a few times, and each time was more exciting than the last as the storm continued to gain strength. We experienced blowing dust, high wind gusts, heavy rain, large hail and insane lightning. The largest hail we experienced was ping pong ball sized. At times in the … Read More…