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…


Electra, TX Supercell – Lawton, OK Flooding 5/8/15

5/8/15 – This was the first day of a short “chasecation” weekend with my buddy Michael Gavan. We were talking about heading down to the plains a few days prior, noting the chances for severe weather to come for Fri/Sat/Sun. The setup looked promising, so we decided to partner up and head out for some good days of storm chasing. Loaded up his Toyota RAV4 and hit the road. We took turns driving all night/day from Allegan County, Michigan all the way to north Texas. We slept in shifts, and for a brief time, stopped at a Walmart parking lot among some semi truck drivers for a 30 minute or so nap. A long grueling, tiresome drive, but well worth it to see some storm action. The drive was about 16 hours long, not including stops for gas, bathroom breaks, or to stretch. Storms began firing and most of which were really junky, and you couldn’t see much. Some of which also had trouble sustaining themselves. The storms we saw … Read More…


April 30, 2010 – Oklahoma Storm Chase Summary

Video cut underneath a lowering mesocyclone. Right about this time a Tornado Warning was issued for this storm. By far, the best chase of my whole season. A High Risk day in southeastern Oklahoma. April 30, 2010. My good friend Charles Thomas and I were stationed in Hugo, OK, and decided we’d be chasing on the 30th. Great decision. We were chasing in a PT Cruiser, the right front tire was bald and the left rear was too small for the car, not to mention the other 2 tires were very worn. But that didn’t stop us. The planning started a couple of days before, checking the computer models, mesoanalysis and more. The models showed good agreement in a severe weather outbreak. I took over some of the main forecasting duties, suggesting the storms initiating to our west, intensifying over our chase zone, and then the storms would be moving into Arkansas. Which is indeed how it all went down. below is a radar image from April 30, 2010. We … Read More…