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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.

You can TRACK ME while I'm chasing! Using a Spotter Network, my position is updated every minute (assuming I have cell phone data coverage). This is not like previous seasons, during which I never really took the time to setup everything necessary. I've been running SpotterNet for the past two years, and I have it on ~95% of the time (not as often on the way back home after a chase).

CLICK HERE for a list and description of my GRLevelx dynamic 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.



06-12-2009-Oklahoma / N Texas Panhandles Print E-mail
Friday, 30 July 2010 23:57

Total Distance: 300 miles
Target Area:
Chase Area: BUSTOLA
Maximum SPC Risk category: General

Clear-sky bust, though not terribly surprising as a strong cap moved in to inhibit initiation.

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06-13-2009-Texas Panhandle Print E-mail
Friday, 30 July 2010 23:57

Total Distance: 395 miles
Target Area:
Chase Area: Amarillo to Panhandle, TX
Maximum SPC Risk category: Moderate

Well, we had seen several days of flow aloft that was respectable by June standards and moisture that was equally nice in the OK/TX panhandles without much in the way of tornado occurrence. This was one more day of the same... The left-splits actually persisted longer than the right-splits in the Texas panhandle, which isn't surprising given the 00z AMA hodograph. There was an interesting collision very near Liberal, KS, of a long-lived left-moving supercell that tracked through the TX panhandle and a right-moving supercell that tracked down from southeastern Colorado. We ended the project in Amarillo and dined at The Big Texan. Lots of chasing over the past 5 weeks, but an abysmal pattern in May left us with essentially 1 tornadic supercell dataset. There's always 2010...

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