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What can I say, I love the weather! Since my childhood, I've always been captivated by clouds and storms. My first storm chase occurred during the summer of 1999. In the time since them, I've had several good chases, as well as many not-so-good [aka - bust] chases. To the left, you can view my chase logs from the past several years. Additionally, you can view all of my chase equipment that I've accrued over the years by following (obviously) the 'equipment' link on the left.

See the link to the left for an overview of my GR2/GR3 placefiles.

Year Tornadoes Other Severe Tornado Days Chase Days Total Mileage Miles / Tornado
1999 5 1 1 3 1200 240
2000 1 1 1 4 1500 1500
2001 1 0 1 5 2000 2000
2002 0 0 0 9 3200
2003 7 3 3 10 4700 671
2004 22 7 7 13 6600 300
2005 3 2 3 18 8380 2790
2006 3 2 2 20 8480 2827
2007 21 5 4 23 10518 501
2008 7 6 3 21 8567 1224
2009 5 7 4 37 16350 3270
2010 8 1 2 7 3470 434
TOTAL 83 35 31 167 74965 903

 

Most Recent Chase: 4/22/10

NOTE: The above statistics only correspond to actual chases. I have experienced other episodes of severe weather before (such as 3.0" hail), but I have not added them into the statistics as I did not observe them while actually chasing.



05-25-2009-SW OK / TX PH Print E-mail
Friday, 30 July 2010 23:57

Total Distance: 1035 miles
Target Area:
Chase Area: Hollis to N of Hobart, OK
Maximum SPC Risk category: Slight

Brief supercells that never lasted long enough for us to collect data.

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05-26-2009-Northern Texas Print E-mail
Friday, 30 July 2010 23:57

Total Distance: 510 miles
Target Area:
Chase Area: Denton to Forestburg, TX
Maximum SPC Risk category: Slight

FINALLY, good low-level moisture yielded strong instability in an environment of pretty strong low-level shear near an outflow boundary from overnight convection. Storms developed in the lower-RH air behind a weak dryline in an area of stronger heating and deeper boundary-layer development W of Fort Worth, but a storm on the northern side of this cluster moved northward into the better instability NW of Denton. This left-mover supercell was actually quite fascinating for a time, as it possessed pretty good structure (wall-cloud included) and a nice anticyclonic hook echo.

 
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