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Tornado

Leoti, Kansas - May 21 2016
Today was our first storm chase day of 2016. I was teamed up with Mark Robinson and Jaclyn Whittal from The Weather Network and we were targeting Kansas.
 
The storm that went up near the town of Leoti sat almost stationary for a couple of hours, giving us plenty of opportunity to photograph the incredible structure of the storm and we witnessed at least one tornado underneath it. We tried to get closer, but the road was blocked by one of the Doppler on Wheels research vehicles. It had tried to turn around and got stuck in the ditch. This prevented us from seeing some of the other tornadoes that were spotted, but you never know what kind of obstacles you are going to encounter while out storm chasing. It was a fantastic first day for us.

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The entire storm structure with the tornado underneath.
A closeup of the tornado.

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The storm continued on, with some of the most impressive structure I've seen.
Because the storm was nearly stationary, it was easy to get great views of it.

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As the sun started to set, the storm was lit up with golden light.
Supercell structure over a Kansas field.

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Amazing mammatus clouds at sunset.
Yours truly, in front of the storm.

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The Weather Network vehicle in front of the mammatus clouds.

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