Grainola, OK Tornado 2-27-2011
Jeff drove down from Omaha, NE to meet up with friend and fellow chaser Randy Cooper, of TwistedChasers.com. On the way to our chase target we picked up Randy’s friend Jacob Honeycutt. We headed down toward Oklahoma in a very cold and foggy conditions think what are we doing. We then arrived in Wichita, and intercepted the first severe storm of the day while eating at Braum’s. The hail was about quarter size. It was encouraging to see because we had doubts about storm development because of the strength of the cap in the area. We then headed to our target west of Blackwell, OK for a play on the dry line. Clearing happened and we started to see a CU field develop in the Texas panhandle headed our way. We waited for the storm to get to us, and just when it did, it went severe. We followed it as it kept struggling to maintain its strength. As it continued to the North East it got into good air conditions and it started looking really good. Soon it became tornado warned. The storm was moving very fast and it was hard to keep up with it. Soon the tornadic storm went into Osage County which is a Indian reservation and road options were very limited. We noticed a cone funnel come down and briefly make contact with the ground, however we were not about to follow the storm due to no road options. Overall it was a good chase and I got to see my first February tornado.
- Tornadoes: 1
- Miles 1044
- States: NE, IA, KS, OK
- Hail: quarter
6-17-10 Tornado Outbreak South MN
Jeff left from Omaha, NE shortly after he was able to get out of work. His initial target was just east of Sioux City. CU started to develop and Jeff followed them to the east as the became storms. Jeff noticed that the storms would go up quickly but then never gain enough strength to sustain itself. Being disappointed with driving that far and seeing weak storms, Jeff decided to make a break for the tornadic storms around the MN/IA border. After awhile of driving, Jeff finally made it to the cells just south of the MN boarder. He then saw some good roatation to the south east of him and decided he needed to go more east to let it come at him and follow them from behond so he went on 500th street (dirt road to go east). Shortly after a tornado came down and was on the ground only for a few minutes. Jeff continued driving toward the roatation as the same torando came down on the road in front of Him. A beautiful lighting strike lit up the area just behind the tornado. Just as that tornado began to die off and new lowering was taking place. This lowering produced two very nice tornadoes and then became a multi vortex shortly after that. Jeff stuck with the storm as it began to get stronger. He was alittle worried being on a dirt road with only 1/8th of a tank left, but he didn't want to abandon the storm. The storm quickly gained strength and became a large multi vortex tornado just north of Keister, MN. Jeff continued with the storm despite the gas situation hoping to be able to make it to Alberta Lea to fill up there as he followed the storm. Jeff stuck with the large wedge and it continued until he noticed it hit some houses. Jeff decided to break off the chase and check on the houses that got hit to make sure everybody was ok. Powerlines and trees were down. Jeff arrived at a house and was able to help two ladies get out of their basement. They were ok, but their house took some damage but still standing and their barns and cars were destroied. After Jeff checked on the houses, a new storm came through and produced a breif tornado. Jeff was able to make it to Alberta Lea, MN and filled up.
- Tornadoes: 8
- Miles 1034
- States: NE, IA, MN
- Hail: half dollar
6-3-10 Aurora, NE Tornadic Cell
Jeff headed out with friend Bryan and Nate and headed west from Omaha to wait for storm development. We were able to get to a beautiful cell that had amazing structure. The cell was severe warned and had some slight rotation. We ened up staying infornt of the cell as the shelf cloud came towards us. The storm quickly became outflow dominate and eneded up dying of. However more storm development was happening to our south west. We then decided to head south toward Central City, NE to let the storm come to us. The storm ened up becomeing tornado warned for a short time as it headed toward us. A beautiful wall cloud formed but shortly dispated. The cell had amazing structure. When it got near us, we headed to stay infront of it. The cell was moving to the south east so we had some good position. Alittle further south, we stopped to watch another wall cloud. A breif funnel was seen lowering from the wall, but never touched the ground. We then noticed in the gust front a nice gustnado. We headed toward it and let it pass behind us. Shortly after that the storm weakened and slowly died.
- Tornadoes: 0
- Miles: 350
- States: NE
- Hail: dime
5-19-10 Kingfisher and Dover Co. Oklahoma
Jeff teamed up with Randy Cooper and John Moon and headed down to Oklahoma for a high risk system. We stayed in Oklahoma City the night before and in the morning headed west to wait for development. We headed to the first cell which was exploding. It went tornado warned and there was a report of a breif tornado. When we go to the cell it seemed to be recycling. We then had to back track to the west some due to bad roads. When we got to a good road we were about in the middle of two torando warned storms. We decided to head to the one to our southwest so it could move toward us. The cell ended up become an HP supercell. We got ahead of the storm and saw some great rotation. We saw a breif funnel that was half way to the ground but never ended up becoming a tornado. Alittle later we had a breif needle funnel as the meso crossed over the road. The storm then dropped a multi vortext tornado and just as we saw it drop we got hit by the strong rain filled RFD. A wedge tornado formed and quickly became ran wrapped. We could see the tornado had became a wedge inside the rain curtin. We followed the storm as it continued to move to the east. We noticed a nice funnel formed close to us that had some amazing rotation as it formed ahead of the rain curtin. Shortly after that, the storm becaome outflow dominate and ended up dying out.
- Tornadoes: 3
- Miles: 1200
- Hail: quarter
- States: NE,KS,OK
5-10-10 Oklahoma Chase (Wakita tornadoes)
I left from Omaha, NE on Sunday evening to join up with Randy Cooper of StormChaseMO.com. We then headed to Wichita, KS where we stayed at a Motel 6. While we were there we hung out with chaser Scott Bennet as we waited for the updated models to come out. On Monday we decided to head south and hang out in Blackwell, OK to wait for development. While there, we ran into a few other chasers including: Roger Hill, Steve Polly, Cory Sloan, and James Skivers. Most of the morning and into around 1:00 cloud cover seemed like it would be a problem. However, it soon cleared and we were able to get storm development to our south west once the cloud cover cleared in that area. We all headed west to intercept the storm as it matured and moved into our area.
We arrived near the cell and decided to head north so we could get ahead of it and watch it come to us. A quick short lived tornado touched down as we watching from the side of the road. Only using my streaming camcorder, since my HD camcorder is out of commission, I was able to stream and record that tornado live, being careful not to pop out any cords (power cord and firewire). As the meso got closer, multiple funnels started forming close by and one directly over head, so we decided to go east on hwy 11, since vortices were starting to touchdown to prevent us to go west to get behind the storm. We ended up have to try to out run the storm. Just behind us, a multi vortex tornado dropped down on hwy 11 just as we had turned east. Trees were snapping near us and dust being blown up.
During that time I had a hard time getting my camcorder out to shoot because the power cord was stuck in the door since we hopped in the car really fast when we saw the funnel over head. After I managed to free the cord held the camcorder out the window to try to recorded and stream what I could while Randy drove away. One suction vortice formed just to the north of us in a field across the road. After the storm passed away from us, a wedge tornado was seen in the field. We decided to try to blast north east to keep up with the storm because it was still looking amazing. We saw Reed Timer had the same idea as he passed us trying to get ahead of the storm.
The storm movement ended up being to fast to keep up with so, Randy and I decided to drop to the south east to make a play on the tornadic storm just to our south. We ended up intercepting that storm in Osage County Oklahoma, where data was very bad. We did manage to see a brief thin tornado in the field. We then decided to head north of try to make a play on the next storm. However, storm weakened as it got closer. As we watched that storm go by, we ran into Shawn and his TIV. As it got dark, Randy and I decided to head back and hope to have a nice lightning show on the way back. Video and pictures have already been upload on TRC.
States: MO, KS, OK, NE
Hail: Half Dollar