Storm Chasing Chasecation 2016

This entry is overdue, and I am still going through all of the footage from May 23 – May 25, but I will get there, with time. Individual chase logs will be posted at a later date(s)! Well, where do I even start? These were amazing days of chasing the plains. I was out there with my good friend Cort Scholten, who has wanted to chase with me for years, but we never could pull it off before. This year, we made it work, and headed out to the plains in search of severe storms, and tornadoes. The drive was long, and tiring, coming all the way from Michigan, but it was worth it. The first day, we targeted the Texas panhandle region. It was a dryline setup, which meant big, beefy storms that would barely move, and drop lots of rain and hail, perhaps a few tornadoes. Although we missed the tornadoes on this day, we saw some pretty amazing stuff, including some great lightning strikes, heavy rainfall, high … Read More…


Low Topped Supercells 5/26/15

This was an interesting day. The dynamics were in place for storms to go into a supercellular mode if they developed, but the overall instability was mitigated a bit by cloudiness in the morning, followed by more cloudiness and approaching showers in the afternoon hours. Despite the limited instability, the atmosphere still put on a show with supercells. These supercells were low topped, and some of them didn’t even contain any lightning. I watched one small shower which developed to my south, and moved NNE toward my location. I tracked it up through Greenville, MI and all the way north to just south of Lakeview, MI. I abandoned it after I saw that it wasn’t going to get the job done. During the chase though, it did produce quite a few nice scenes. The initial wall cloud was flat on the bottom, but soon, it began bringing in some scud clouds, and an appendage appeared beneath the wall cloud. Many claim this was a funnel cloud, this was not the … Read More…


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…