- Today was an unusual chase day. I was
teamed up with Brad and Dayna Rousseau, a husband and wife team
of meteorologists from The Weather Network. This was our first
real chase day together. They had picked me up yesterday in Canada,
and we blasted to get into position for today's setup. We also
met up with a bunch of other chasers, and we stopped for lunch
in McCook. We sat at the Subway there for quite some time, waiting
for storm initiation.
- Storms began to fire back south near
the Colby, KS area and started to move east. We repositioned
ourselves back south and watched the storms organize. The storm
began to take on a favorable shape and reflectivity on radar
but the issue was roads... there weren't a whole lot of options.
Proper east road options were few and far between.
- We headed north on the 117/17 toward
Culbertson then east to McCook and watched the tornado just north
of town. We drove right past the Subway restaurant where we had
lunch earlier. We could have literally set up lawn chairs in
the parking lot, sat and waited, and we would have had a great
view of the tornado! Ha!
- We took the 83 north to Maywood and
had to play it very carefully because we had a rotating storm
to the east of the road and to the west of the road with cores
and large hail on both. As we just passed the town of Farnam,
while getting hit with some sizable hail, we noticed a circulation
to our south rapidly approaching the road in front of us. We
pulled over while it crossed right in front of us. The rotating
wall cloud was very close to the ground and it was unclear at
that moment if it was indeed a tornado. That being said, as soon
as it passed the road, we continued east to get a view but were
blocked by power poles that had just been snapped! The circulation
was just beside us to the north of the road pulling away. We
couldn't continue east anymore because of the fallen poles so
we had to route around.
- By the time we got back into position,
the storm had become very rain wrapped and we couldn't see the
tornado in the rain. We followed the storm a bit more but it
was rapidly moving away from us so we decided to call it a chase.
We stopped in Lexington for the night while a squall line approached
from our west so we decided to do a bit of lightning photography.