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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.



06-04-2008-Southern NE Print E-mail
Friday, 30 July 2010 23:57

Total Distance: 440 miles
Target Area: Red Cloud, NE, to Osbourne, KS
Chase Area: Near Kearney, KS
Maximum SPC Risk category: Moderate

We awoke in GBD from the previous chase, and it looked like the area between I70 and the NE/KS border would be game this day. We meandered northward with time as hot 700mb air slowly advected northward and capped off the areas of central and northern Kansas. Widespread convection developed near and just N of I80 in NE, and this convection spewed out a lot of cold outflow that undercut the rest of the convection. We passed north of the OFB SE of Holdrege and witness an undercut supercell S of Kearney. This supercell actually had some structure (RFD, good rain-free base, etc), but it was definitely undercut by a shallow cold pool. This cell actually produced a brief funnel S of Kearney. Regardless, we were already north of our target and knew nothing tornadic would come of the undercut storms, so we called the chase off and headed to SLN for the night. We arrived in SLN after midnight in extremely windy conditions. Never have I felt gradient winds that strong at midnight!

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06-05-2008-Central KS to northern OK Print E-mail
Friday, 30 July 2010 23:57

Total Distance: 400 miles
Target Area: Ill-defined
Chase Area: Ellsworth, KS, to Blackwell, OK
Maximum SPC Risk category: High

We "intercepted" severe embedded HP supercells and assorted thunderstorms from NE of Great Bend to S of Wichita between 1 pm and 7:30 pm, hoping southward for the next storm as we watched the nearest one fly by at speeds that would be fast for March and April.

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