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5/31/13 El Reno, OK EF5 & OKC Intercept

 

Well I left Omaha early in the morning and we made it to OKC area and had lunch in Moore. Our plan for the day was to head to El Reno and be west of the city and hopefully chase it to the north east and bypass the city. We absolutely did not want to get caught in traffic in a chase in OKC. First storms formed and we went to the first one north of El Reno. Very shortly 2 more cells formed in a line from that one to the south. We waited for the southern storm to get its act together and head to the north east. The goal was to place a video probe in a tornado so we wanted to be ahead for the storm. The southern storm then took a right turn and started moving to the south east. We knew we were to far north and the base was getting wrapped in rain so we blasted south. We were right in between El Reno & Yukon when we saw the rain wrapped wedge make a left turn and come at us. We did also observe a satellite tornado with this that seemed to be anti-cyclonic. We decided to blast south to get to the other side of the storm. All was going good then our south road was closed. We had to go back to the north and forced to go into the city. We blasted east on I-40 and dropped the video probe on the side of the road near the turnpike and got this intercept as a new large rain wrapped tornado that was entering OKC. After we dropped the probe, we continued on I-40 and then tried to get south of the storm by going on I-44 south. It was okay for awhile then we came to tons of traffic. Knowing if this tornado continued we would be sitting ducks, we made our way to an exit and managed to get off the highway and continue south just east of the airport. Again we came to more traffic. One tornado wrapped in rain passed just to our north so we sat there as it passed. We heard the roar to this tornado and it was an scary feeling. Once it past, we then noticed the storm to the west also had a tornado and was coming our way so we continued south to avoid this one. This one got close and we saw power flashes behind us. Noticing it was going to the south east we made the decision to go opposite & go north of the traffic and get ahead of the circulation. This was a great decision and we watch the rain wrapped tornado cross the road from a safe distance. After this we went back to check on people & recover the probe but the highways were flooded. We were forced to wait for the waters to die down.

  1. States: NE, KS, OK
  2. Miles: 1542
  3. Hail: Ping Pong
  4. Tornadoes: 3

5/26/13 Ashley, NE LP Storm

 

Jeff, John, Sam, & Brandon chasing east of North Platte and chase amazing LP super cell. We got baseball size hail and saw a few funnels, but it never produced a tornado. The structure was insane and we got amazing night shots.

  1. States: NE
  2. Miles: 356
  3. Hail: Baseballs
  4. Tornadoes: 0

5/23/13 TX Panhandle Tornado Dust Storm

 

We chased the Texas Panhandle east of Lubbock Texas. The storm produced numerous funnels and then had a downburst. This downburst produced one of the worst dust storms we have ever seen. At times we could not even see on the highway. Jeff got sand blasted by 80+ mph winds while filling up gas. After this we decided to bail on the storm and have dinner at the Big Texan

  1. States: NE, KS,TX,OK
  2. Miles: 1634
  3. Hail: Half Dollar
  4. Tornadoes: 0

5/18/13 Rozel, KS Tornadoes

 

We chased in west Kansas. We got one of the first sereve storms by Ness City. We stuck with the storm while it became tornado warned. We witnessed an amazing wall cloud with storm then the area of rotation become rain wrapped & the storm became an HP mess. The tornado warning stayed with it, but we noticed the storm to the south was isolated and looking good and entering good conditions. It was hard to leave the tornado warning but the gamble payed off with 3 tornadoes near Rozel & Sanford, KS.

  1. States: NE, KS, OK
  2. Miles: 852
  3. Hail: Ping Pong
  4. Tornadoes: 3

4/17/13 SW Oklahoma Storms & Lawton Tornado

 

TRC chasers, Jeff and Nate, left early Wednesday morning and met up with friend Brandon Hammons in York, NE. Together the 3 headed down to south west Oklahoma. When we arrived near Lawton the first cells were firing out west early in the day. We chased the northern one in the Wichita Mountains. We got a very low wall cloud that looked to be touching the top of one of the mountains. The storm then formed a brief horizontal funnel and then gusted out. We made the trip back to Lawton, and picked up some Whataburger. We then took off to a cell sw of Lawton that just went tornado warned. We saw a nice wall cloud with rapid rotation, but never did drop a tornado. Hoards of chasers were on this cell and it was becoming an HP cell, so we decided to drop to the southwest and get the next cell. This cell looked healthier then the last two. We got a beautiful wall cloud and a brief spin up occurred under this. We continued to follow this cell as it neared Lawton. On the southwest side of Lawton we observed a cone funnel. We got close and then RFD brought a rain curtain that blasted us with high wind and rain. A telephone pole tipped over behind us and instead of punching through the rain curtain, not knowing if the funnel became a tornado, we decided to drop south and blast east to get back in front of the storm. While getting back in position, we then observed power flashes from the same area we observed the funnel. Reports came in as a brief tornado in Ft. Sill.

  1. States: NE, KS, OK
  2. Miles: 1352
  3. Hail: Ping Pong
  4. Tornadoes: 2

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