Picture of the new sign post at the end of my driveway, a gift back from my sister Jo.
January 26, attending the Kansas integrated weather team conference at Lyons.
In the past, I've called this the emergency management meeting. Attending were emergency managers, NWS forecasters from Wichita, Topeka, Dodge City, Goodland and Hastings Neb. and media from Wichita TV. Myself and another guy from Hutchinson represented radio. Interesting topics were the possible raising the bar for severe thunderstorm warnings and a presentation on how to handle landspout tornados in the warning process. NWS chat room during severe events still seem to be needing some "clean up" and EM usage. After dinner there were "breakout sessions" where the 3 major network meteorologists and radio sat together and discussed some of the proposed changes. I started the session, venting about last year's EM complaints about storm chasers, and how they were missing a valuable asset. Since this was not brought up this year, it was thought not to rock the boat too much. In our report back to the main group, Ross Jansen from KWCH TV kept my thoughts on storm chasers in the report and gave it very diplomatically. For me, it was exciting to interact with the TV folks that I have looked up to for many years.
Feb. 15,Storm chasers convention.
Liz and I just returned from chaser con. in Denver. Highlights included forecast class taught by Brandon Sullivan from Accu-weather and Rich Thompson from SPC. I picked up some pointers that I'm not looking at from this class. I'll see how it helps when severe season gets going. Rich also gave a 1 hour presentation on super cell/tornado formation Saturday morning that was great. I spent 3 different times, talking to Rich one on one, clarifying tornado formation points. Dr. Greg Forbes gave a good presentation on highlights of 2014. he showed that year's 2010, 2013 and 2014 were well below average tornado years for the nation. The Sat. night banquet key note address was much better than I expected. Blake Naftel, told how he is making a documentary on storm chasers and only about the people, not chases. So much documantation is recorded on 16 mm., super 8 and VCR which is being thrown away due to the digitation age and is lost forever. He is attempting to produce a 1 hr and a multi hour documentary on the roots of storm chasing (people who were first) and how it evolved to the present day legion of storm chasers. Also as usual, I got to meet friends made from previous conventions.
Rich Thompson, lead forecaster for the Storm Prediction center, talks to someone off camera. I had several good conversations with Rich on tornado genesis after his forecast class and morning presentation.
The beginning of Rich's morning presentation.
Tim Marshall's presentation as usual, was full of laughs.
One of Tim's funny pictures.
April 5, not much happening.
Severe weather, no, any thunderstorms have not happened around Salina so far this spring. I'm now bummed because I didn't chase storms in southern Barton-Rice-McPherson counties last week in a severe watch. All day the winds were northerly and temps cool. I watched a cluster of storms move southeast from northwest Kansas and they just didn't look robust at the time (no deep red or purple cores). Reports came in of copious hail to golf balls and very severe winds. This occurred on the southern fringe of KSAL listening area so I didn't go. I guess part of me didn't want to drive in heavy rain only to come home to dryness that is compounding our drought. Things look very interesting for Wed/Thursday as a dynamic upper system moves over for the first time in a while. Still time for it to change and miss so won't get excited until Tues. am.
April 8, Storms in southern Kansas during a tornado watch.
SPC had an "enhanced" risk, then upgraded to a moderate risk in the morning. Tornado % was 10 per/cent from Wichita through central Missouri. With the storm threat high, I took off the afternoon to chase. Around 3 a tornado watch was issued for south central Kansas into Oklahoma. I drove to Hutchison and waited there as I figured the warm front to lift towards central Kansas and maybe some elevated hailers would form. Kody was on the Ok/Ks. border south of Wichita. Storms erupted in northwest Ok. further west than anticipated. Finally, the tail end storm was tornado warned as it was crossing into Kansas. Kody was on this storm soon and reported a huge wall cloud with it. I took a look for any development around Salina and decided to shoot for the southern storms. As I took roads southwest, reports of tornados came in with the tail end storm. My GPS was inop. and coupled with a bridge out I lost some time getting to the storm. I made it to Kingman then south and then west to close. At around Zenda Ks., I pulled over and stopped. There was a nice wall cloud for a while then a finger funnel poked down for a bit. I let the storm move over me as darkness fell. By now the tornado warning was dropped and it was severe warned for hail. I had a few flat quarter size hail fall at this time. I drove back to Kingman and drove through the hail core again with copious dime hail falling on me creating the pop corn popper effect. At this time a storm east of me became tornado warned with reports of a tornado in Colwich, NW of Wichita. I was too far west to see structure and that storm quickly lost strength and the warning was dropped. I made it home around 11 pm. I believe the upper low lagged in timing, so most of the action was west of where the percentages were. Also due to the timing, the tornados were not long tracked as was forecasted witch kept the threat for Kansas lower than it might have been.
Kody's picture of the tornado warned storm that moved into Kansas from Oklahoma. He got on the storm a lot earlier than I did and got better pictures.
Kody's picture. He has closed with the storm and is much closer to the turbulant wall cloud.
My picture of the storm from the Zenda area looking southwest. The time is later and the sky is darker so I had to contrast the picture some. There is a wall cloud on the northern area of the rain free base near the precip. core. A few minutes earlier there was a wall cloud on the south side of the rain free base that vanished when I stopped to view.
Picture of a "finger" funnel poking down for a few seconds.
I let the storm approach just to my northwest. It's almost dark. The tornado warning was dropped by this time. Still a cool shot of a short double beaver tail on the northeast side of the storm.
April 12, severe thunder storm warning for Rice/McPherson counties within a severe watch.
There was a "marginal" outlook for northern central Kansas with a slight risk for south central Kansas. In the late afternoon there was a severe watch from Barton--Rice--Mcpherson counties on south into Oklahoma. A severe storm moved into Rice county and moved east-northeast. I loaded up and drove to south Lindsborg . I made 3 live reports on KSAL about blinding rain and wind but no severe. I also made an info call to the NWS. After that the warning was dropped. New storms built up in Lincoln county so I drove up to Minneapolis and set up. These storms never became severe so I went home.
April 18, storms in the vicinity.
There were "slight" risks Thursday and today with attendant severe watches. There were severe warnings for Barton, Rice, McPherson and Lincoln counties for mainly large hail. I thought that today (18), there would be a higher tornado risk and SPC had a 5% from northwest Kansas down to Salina. Storms fired early and overturned the atmosphere so no tornado chance this afternoon. I didn't chase as Thurs. was my sister's funeral and we worked cattle up until the thunderstorm line hit. Looking at the middle to end of next week for the next opportunity although I have cattle work scheduled, I can break off if I have to.
April 24, tornado/severe warnings in a tornado watch.
The storm prediction center had an "enhanced" risk of severe weather with a 5% prob. of a tornado. My room mate from college was helping us with working cattle and rode along on this chase. The short range models were uncanny in showing a isolated super cell popping up around the Hays area. At around 3 pm. SPC issued a tornado watch for northwest to central Kansas. We started west on I-70 towards Russell. I was thinking that storms would fire southward down the dry line and wanted to be able to take good roads south of I-70. A storm blew up NW of Hays and it was soon evident that this would be THE storm. Kody was NW of us and nearer to the storm. We drove north of Russell then took back roads NW and closed somewhat with the storm. The storm started out classic but turned into a high precipitation super cell. We could see a wall cloud from time to time as the storm was tornado warned. Kody was closer and saw funnels and a brief tornado. There was so much haze that we couldn't see the tornado. The super cell turned right (east) and the warning was extended in to Russell Co. then Lincoln county. At the Russell/Lincoln county line the storm seemed outflow dominant but brief funnels/touchdowns still were coming in. We gave up trying to stay with the storm on the back roads and dropped to I-70. We drove east (very fast) then up to Lincoln to get ahead of the tornado warned storm. At Lincoln we joined continuous live coverage on KSAL and made many reports from Lincoln to west of Salina about what we were seeing. Finally, the tornado warning was dropped then severe warnings for Saline county was dropped. We called it a night and went home around 9 pm. The interesting things about the tornado warned storm was that the short term models were dead on, depicting a super cell development around the Hays area. No where else. The second was that the storm was the only storm to evolve until about sun set. It started out as a classic super cell that morphed into a high precip storm. For most of the tornado warning time, there was no "classic" hook echoes, just "bright" velocity couplets. I still have GPS/laptop issues so especially at Lincoln, I couldn't stand my ground as the storm moved in.
Picture of the storm looking west. Pretty much a classic super cell at the early stages. I had to use some "contrast" to see the picture better. We are in northwestern Russell Co. with the storm 15 miles away in Ellis Co.
Picture taken a little later of the storm with a shallow wall cloud with a tail. We should have been closing with the storm to get a better view and see the tornados.
We are a little closer. The storm has morphed into a HP super cell with a large wall cloud in the rain area. The picture was darkened to highlight the wall cloud.
Picture of a funnel looking north in Russell Co. It looked better a few seconds earlier and did not last long. Too much cool outflow seemed to limit tornado duration.
Kody's picture of one of the brief tornados in Ellis county. The storm is more of a "classic" super cell at this time. He was correct to get closer to the storm to combat haze and rain visibility while we stood back and could not see all the structure.
May4, severe thunderstorm watch for all of central Kansas.
SPC had a slight risk outlook for central Kansas this day. Around 4 pm. a severe watch was issued. Thunderstorms had formed in the Great Bend area as well as northeast of Salina. I left home around 4:45 to get on the storm southwest of Ellsworth that was very heavy but not warned yet. I met the storm east of Ellsworth and gave info calls to the NWS Wichita and KSN. A new storm popped up west of Brookville and got strong but not severe. Jeremy said that he was getting pea to nickel hail as the storm moved over. I informed NWS and KSN about that and drove north of Brookville and set up near the I-70 area. New heavy (by radar) storms were moving towards me but only heavy rain fell. I could see that there was heavy rains persisting north-northeast of Salina so I headed east on I-70. A call came in over the fire channel of an overturned cat in the medium at 135 and highway 143 north of I-70. A subject was trapped upside down and the heavy rain was filling the medium. A water filled extraction was taking place. I had already decided to go that way to check potential flooding. As I headed north on 135, I called KSAL and interrupted the sports program. KSAL went to me live and I was warning drivers of the heavy rain and now pea hail that was reducing visibility dangerously. During my live report I passed the wreck scene seeing firefighters kneeling in water trying to retrieve the trapped motorist. I stated live what I had seen but called the 143 jct. 141 as I had been hauling cattle earlier in the day up and down 141 highway. DANG! Talking live and driving in pouring rain and hail, I didn't see the sign clearly even though I knew what highway it was. I then talked with Dave at KSN about all of this as well as Todd with KSAL news. I checked old highway 81 for flooding, then Niles road. There was high water in a narrow band but no flooding. I refueled in Salina, ate supper with Liz and went home. Both Wed. and Sat. look to be severe days for us.
Lincoln county tornado.
It's 10:30 at night and I'm still trying to come down from this one. SPC had a slight risk for a couple of days for central Kansas. Their 11:30 outlook went to an enhanced risk with a 10% hatched tornado probability. At 2 pm. SPC issued a tornado watch for most all of central and south central Kansas. Soon after this a storm popped up south of Ellsworth so I drove west on I-70 and met it at I-70 and K-14. I didn't know it at this time, but storms today were flying along at least 45 mph. About this time the storm was severe warned. I pulled off highway 14 and set up. There was a long rain free base with the precip core displaced 3 or 4 miles north. The base was flat but the north side had converging clouds moving south while the whole storm raced north. That really got my attention. I headed north to maintain pace with the storm. I suddenly saw a tail cloud feeding southwest into the rain free base. I called the NWS Wichita, stating I didn't like what I was seeing with this storm. I hung up and looked back southwest over my shoulder and saw a wall cloud/funnel draping halfway to the ground. I speed dialed the NWS again reporting the wall cloud. They asked me if it was rotating but I said I was driving and couldn't tell. I stopped and could see rotation. I recalled NWS and said yes to rotation. They immediately issued a tornado warning. I snapped a couple of pictures then called KSAL. By this time, even though the funnel was on the other side of the hill, I could see debris. I went on live stating what I was seeing and paralleled the tornado as I drove north towards Lincoln. The tornado got increasingly larger as a truncated cone with multiple vorticies. The closer to Lincoln I got, the closer the tornado came to me on K-14. I became filled with dread for the town of Lincoln as the tornado kept getting larger and looked to head right for the town. Just before the tornado crossed the highway, it tossed a 30x30 tin roof off a shed that landed 200 yards west of the highway. Tin and debris were filling the air when I saw St. Johns Lutheran church ahead on the west side of the highway. I thought I was going to see the destruction of the church as the tornado moved right over it. A vorticy passed just south of the church, then one passed north of the church and not a shingle blew off that I could see. God must have been there to protect His church, I sure expected to see it disintegrate in front of me. The tornado moved over the Saline river and sucked a stream of tree leaves and branches up into itself. It passed 1/2 mile east of Lincoln and damaged the old former Carrico implement buildings and disapated north northeast of Lincoln. A very close call for Lincoln. For most of it's life, there was no condensation funnel on the ground, only small vorticies (up to 4) revolving underneath the funnel aloft. The other thing weird was the wide circular collar cloud with an open center with this tornado. Much to my dismay, I double tapped my Go Pro movie and got no video. DANG! Search for Lincoln Co. tornado on u-tube May 6. Find Brandon Ivey's video or I think Ben Mcmillen video. I am the white pickup with the NBC emblem on the back that is in front of them. Their video is what I would have got on my Go Pro.
Pictures above and below taken of the tornado as I paralleled it in it's early stages. Condensation was not all the way to the ground but was on the ground doing damage.
The rest of May 6.
After Lincoln, more storms were moving into central Kansas. I moved east to northeast Ellsworth county to watch the next storm move through my home area. I watched a rotating wall cloud move right over my home. I even called my mom and told her to go to the basement. Luckily this wall cloud was higher based and never progressed beyond the point of wall cloud status. It was an indication of the low level helisity was horrendous as moderate strength storms had rotation. After making a stop at home, another storm approached southwest Ellsworth county and was severe warned. I set up by I-70/K-14 north of Ellsworth. This storm raced by, then reorganized in southern Lincoln county almost in the same area as the tornadic storm did earlier. It produced a wall cloud so I followed it north. Other storms moved into western Saline county and my old chase pard called that he had funnels sighted northwest of Brookville. I called Kody, who was closer to these storms, and told him to get on them as I was farther away. My Lincoln storm waned so I busted east to western Salina county. I set up at I-70/Brookville Rd. and watched the storm race away. Kody joined me here and we waited on another storm moving towards us. It passed by and we followed it north to Tescott. Kody saw a funnel with this storm and we went east on K-18 and set up on a hill. The storm produced a wall cloud to our distant north, (west of Minneapolis) then dissipated. I stated this live on KSAL then they said a tornado was sighted south of Minneapolis! I think what we were seeing was west of town and the south sighting was in the rain south of Minneapolis. Anyways, all through this I made reports to KSN, NWS and KSAL.
2nd wall cloud in southern Lincoln county with a RFD cut, looking north.
Picture of one of the storms trying to show a feature common to many this day. A five to eight mile wide circle of clouds with a hole in the middle.
Wall cloud/funnel west of Minneapolis, looking north.
Memorial Day chase.
SPC had a slight risk outlook for us today---a high cape low shear environment. Storms started first around Wichita then built northwestward into Rice county, then northeastward to near Salina. NWS issued a severe warning for Rice/McPherson counties (moving north northeast) before SPC issued a severe watch for most of central Kansas. I drove to a storm west of Salina although it wasn't warned, had a decent wall cloud that really didn't rotate much. I watched this storm until it cleared Saline county to the northeast. The Ernst's were real close the this storm and kept me apprised of the wall cloud. At this time, a tornado warning was issued for McPherson county. Kody was running strong on this storm and bagged a funnel cloud in the Marquette area. I drove south on Burma road towards this storm as it was moving towards south Saline county. Other storms moved into Saline county and a severe warning was issued. KSAL went continuous coverage at this time. I made many reports of wind and heavy rain in the Smolan area, then reported high water between Smolan and Lindsborg. The tornado warning was allowed to expire but other severe storms built in mainly the Rice county area moving northeast. KSAL dropped live coverage so I made reports to the NWS Wichita of hail and high water I saw from Lindsborg--Marquette--to Geneseo. Storms finally settled down and I went home to find no high water on my farm. We were missed.
Picture looking at the wall cloud north of Salina. There was little low level shear this day or things could have gotten more exciting.
Picture west of Marquette of excess water going right over the pond dam. The spillway couldn't handle the excess water.
Picture of water over the road south of Marquette.
Picture taken west of Geneseo of rushing high water with 4 mules stranded in the flood.
Kody's picture of the Marquete wall cloud/funnel.
May 27, tornados in western Kansas.
SPC had a slight risk outlooks for the Texas panhandle and southwest Kansas for a couple days. Then, on May 27, they upgraded to a enhanced risk for southwest Kansas with a 10% tornado prob. I had work to do but Kody called me in the morning and stated he'd taken the day off and was heading towards Dodge City or points northwest of there. He got on the Lane County storm and caught 5 tornados---a great accomplishment. I'll just let his pictures below speak for himself. The other thing is a tornado that could have been a disaster had it happened in a more populated area. Sunday night May 24. A tornado touched down northeast of Liberal Ks. and probably stayed on the ground clear up to the south side of Dodge City then lifted after 1 in the morning. I watched live coverage on TV until it lifted. Jeremy said he watched live streaming and it looked like Greensburg all over again. Just update after update "large tornado on the ground". It missed all towns but there was Ag. damage that didn't make the news. It traveled through sparse populated areas luckily.
June 3, severe storms in a tornado watch.
SPC had a slight risk outlook this day. Another high cape low shear day with a hefty cap in place. Kody drove out west on I-70, then south to the Kinsley/Larned area where an isolated storm popped up and moved little for a couple of hours. It probably dropped a tornado, but was shrouded in rain. I had a meeting in Salina and left it at 8 pm. I headed for a sig. weather advised storm over Beverly in Lincoln county. Upon arrival, I promptely killed the storm. I headed on west through Lincoln towards severe warned storms that were scraping northern Russell county. They had been tor. warned a bit earlier so I set up north of Sylvan Grove on a hill. Nothing seemed to be happening with these storms and the severe was dropped so I went home. An hour later they produced tornados around Tipton, 22 miles where I was sitting. The next day, SPC had better prospects for us on to the northwest. Kody took the day off and set up at Osborne. Although SPC had a meso discussion for his area with a 80% chance for a tornado watch, the cap held strong and absolutely nothing happened, a rare chase bust for him.
Kody's southwest Kansas storm, June 3. What a catch. At one time, there was a tornado in the rain shaft in the middle but was very hard to see.
My picture of an updraft west of my house as I was leaving for Salina on June 3. I think the cap kept shutting off the updraft, keeping it narrow. Storms in central Kansas had trouble sustaining themselves.
North of Sylvan Grove looking northwest. Again, a narrow (LP) storm maybe fighting the cap. This storm probably went on to produce tornados around Tipton Ks where conditions were better later in the evening.
June 7, severe warnings, Lincoln-Ottawa-Saline-Dickenson counties.
Spc had a "slight" risk outlook for central Kansas. After church, I got home and looked at the computer. Nothing much was happening and no discussions from SPC so I went out and swathed hay. While swathing, I watched towers rise up to my northwest. Their anvils merged (maybe seeded)and I became increasingly nervous. I finished swathing and cleared the trees and was astounded by the sight of a wall cloud up in Lincoln county (northwest). I hurried and gathered my "stuff" into the pickup and raced off to the storm in Lincoln county. I called the Wichita NWS stating the wall cloud with no rotation at that time. I snapped a pic and closed with the storm south of Beverly. I encountered high winds (around 50 mph) and sporatic heavy rain. Again I relayed info to the NWS and KSN TV. A severe warning was issued for eastern Lincoln and northwest Saline Counties as well as southwest Ottawa county. I paralleled the storm driving east to Brookville Rd. 1.5 miles south of Tescott where it began to hail. KSAL went live at this time and I reported golf ball-even larger at my location as well as strong winds. I wanted to go on east to parallel the storm but it started to turn right. The warning was extended to northern Saline county so I drove south to I-70 then east clearing northwest Saline county (Glendale) from being affected by this storm. The storm developed a double wall cloud structure and the south wall with a tail was over west Salina. I noted this on my next live report then stopped at Ninth St/I-70 where there was high winds and hail starting. I drove to I-70 and Ohio St. watching the wall clouds clear Salina. Up to golf ball hail was hitting me when I stopped at Ohio St. to give another live report of the wall clouds passing clear of the Salina area. I followed the storm on I-70 driving through Solomon and Abilene, clearing them from danger as the storm passed out of or by those towns. I drove south of Abilene and punched the storm's core once more as live coverage ended at KSAL when the Saline warning ended. I took a couple of pictures of the storm to my east and ended my chase.
Picture of the storm with a wall cloud with a tail over Beverly before the storm was even warned. Minutes before the wall cloud was even better formed than in the picture.
An image taken off my go pro camera video of the storm at Beverly, taken a bit earlier than the picture above.
I have closed with the storm and am south of Beverly in Lincoln county. Strong winds and rain were buffeting me at this time.
Meghan and Jeremy chased this storm and was looking east on State St when this picture was shot of the wall cloud west of Salina. I was northeast at I-70 and ninth St. somewhat submerged in the rain/hail shown at the far left of their picture.
Picture of the storm in the Hope/Herington area looking east. The storm still had mid level rotation.
Reflections reflections. I was taking a radar image picture off my laptop of the storm in the picture above.
July 13, severe warnings, McPherson/Rice counties then a tornado surprise.
SPC had a marginal risk for today. Temps were in the low 100s with dews in the 70s, a good day for microbursts. I had finished baling hay and was cooling off in the house when the weather radio alarm went off for severe for the counties south of home. I decided to chase because of microburst potential. I was delayed as my "stuff" was scattered throughout the house and truck, plus the truck needed fueling (slow process at home). I left home and discovered that the storms were moving away from the Salina area and KSAL wouldn't do much coverage so I almost quit and turned back home but didn't. At first I was going to cover storms south of Salina (McPherson area) then could see on radar that the storms were back building along a wind shift line, (Rice county)so went for that storm. Again, I almost quit the chase but radar was beginning show a hook NW of Hutchison. At Marquette area I could see a very interesting cloud base to my south-southwest. I'm still thinking "you dummy, it's 100 degrees" but I charged south just to get a little closer. The radar started to show a rotation couplet and I started to see a "knob" shaped wall cloud. I still kept thinking "nothing will happen" thoughts as I sped south but soon a definite funnel sharpened up and extended halfway to the ground. I called the NWS Wichita reporting the funnel and saw the tornado box around the storm on radar. I pulled off the highway and snapped pictures even though the storm was 20 miles away or so. Suddenly a fan of dust rose from the ground towards the funnel creating an hour-glass appearance for a moment then widened out to a large stove-pipe tornado. This tornado lasted for a while (many minutes) then kind of dissolved leaving a large dust plume. A little while later a rope tornado extended to the ground for a moment then disapated. Later, I talked to a police officer in Lyons. He said he heard on his radio that lots of trees were tore up but not much structure damage. To me, these tornados were a "landspout hybrid" since the parent storm looked super cellular. There was never any watches issued for the area. The tornado was rated Ef-3 where it destroyed a unanchored house.
Beginning to show a wall cloud. Lots of knobs on the rain free base.
Funnel sharpening up.
Structure shot with old camera.
Large, dusty tornado. Most pictures in this group were darkened to counter glare.
This is either the rope out phase of the large tornado or a second tornado. It was hard to determine with all the haze, dust, rain and distance.
Aug. 8, severe warnings for Russell and Lincoln counties.
SPC had a "marginal" risk outlook for this day with temps in the high 90s to low 100s with dews in the 70s. A high cape low shear day. In the afternoon I was baling hay and watched repeated attempts of cu towers going up. Finally, when I finished a couple of towers established themselves to my west around Russell. I hurried home thinking there would be microbursts and hail. I had just gotten home from vacation the night before and was not prepared. I finally hit the road as the storm was warned for Russell into western Lincoln county. I angled up into Lincoln county thinking that the storm would move east or northeast and I would be in front of it. The storm never really moved east at all then back build to Bunker Hill/Russell area. I closed with the storm at Lake Wilson seeing heavy rain 45 mph winds but no hail. Later, I encountered severe winds south of Lake Wilson. I mad several info calls to the NWS in Wichita as KSAL did no live coverage. After around 1.5 to 2 hours warned, the storm weakened and the warning was dropped.
A picture of a rain foot taken in the Lake Wilson area indicating a possible microburst.
September 10, severe warnings in a severe watch.
SPC had a slight risk for Kansas the 9th, then increased it to an enhanced risk today stating large hail with wind. Around 4 pm. a super cell developed west of Phillipsburg and got severe quickly. The storm looked to traverse straight to my home area so I went northwest to meet it around 5:45. Kody was ahead of me by 20 minutes. We ended up in the Lucas/Luray area where I took some pics. then decided to check out the core of the storm. At Luray, there was 55 mph winds with dime hail. Reports west of Luray had baseball hail. There was no power at Luray due to wind. I gave info reports to KSN as well as the NWS Wichita. Kody and I played tag with the storm through Russell- Wilson- Holyrood and Claflin/Bushton. I got into nickel to quarter sized hail south of Holyrood for the biggest hail but also had deluges of pea to dime hail in Barton county. This was reported to the NWS Wichita. This energized storm produced a swath of severe reports from Phillipsburg to Hutchison.
Picture of the storm northwest of Luray as I was closing in. Baseball hail was reported around this time.
Picture taken between Lucas and Luray. Closer to the storm now.
Picture taken of the storm as it passed over Russell. Still has a lot of wind.
November 16, NOVEMBER tornados in western Kansas.
A regional outbreak of tornados happened today from western Kansas down to the northern Texas panhandle. SPC. had an enhanced risk outlook with a 5-10% tornado probability a low cape hi shear day. Kody called that he was going to chase the Garden City area and bagged 3 tornados in southwest Kansas---his first November tornados. The outbreak started around 3-4 pm. but when I came back to the computer at dark, I was chagrined to see more T-warned storms with beacon bright velocity couplets along with tornado on the ground reports. Only Grainfield Ks., was hit direct with Garden City and Dodge City with near misses. Large, night time, tornados are UGLY. After contemplating the outbreak, as well as seeing stats this week that Kansas had above average number of tornados this year with no significant fatalities/injuries, I am starting to fear the public's attitude/apathy because some town is going to get smacked---maybe like Greensburg.
Kody's picture of maybe his first tornado located southwest of Dodge City.