Beautiful Finish To Long Chase Day

Saturday, June 25, 2016


A somewhat iffy start to the day for severe weather and tornado chasing potential finished spectacularly with this view of the HP supercell that had been chasing us all the way through the Texas panhandle on the evening of Monday, May 16, 2016. Camera position here was a safe distance of about 19 miles ESE of the most intense part of the storm, at a cell phone tower lot along US Highway 83 in Hemphill County, and about 11.5 miles northwest of the town of Canadian. Time for all three images posted today was 8:18 pm CDT. The supercell's shelf cloud can be seen low along the horizon in the distant background.


A vertical view of the scene. The setting sun created brilliant color and shade contrasts.


Panorama image. At right watching the scene is Alan Broerse of News 9 Oklahoma City outside his Storm Tracker 9 vehicle, and Ryan Alliss in the foreground. The storm's heavy rain finally caught up with us as we entered the town of Canadian and continued unabated all the way to our night lodging destination of Woodward, Oklahoma. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


Radar screen capture of the moment with our position indicated with a target icon.

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Mixing Oil And Water

Friday, June 24, 2016


A small Texas panhandle prairie oil station is about to be overrun by an approaching HP supercell in the image above. Image looks west at 7:47 pm CDT, Monday, May 16, 2016, from the bend of Highway 281, about 13 miles southeast of the town of Spearman.


This panorama image spans the west sky (left) to the north at the same location and time. Note the intense rain and hail core lurking behind the supercell shelf cloud. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


A closely corresponding radar screen capture of the moment. The target icon shows our position in relation to the storm. The lavender color is the area of intense hail.

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Admiring From Afar

Thursday, June 23, 2016


This severe storm cell began firing up in Illinois just east of the Mississippi across the river from Camanche, Iowa around 6:20 pm CDT, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The image above reveals its appearance at 6:51 pm, looking southeast from along C Avenue and just south of Echo Hill Road north of Marion, Iowa.


Another view from the same location but a minute later. A very strong overshooting top can now be seen peeking over the edge of the anvil at center.


6:54 pm and looking southeast from Echo Hill Presbyterian Church just a little south from the above two image locations. The area of the overshooting top, located about 100 miles distant near Sterling, Illinois, can be seen in the right circled area of the radar screen capture below. The billowing cumulus tower above right is the left circled area on the radar screen image. Over a half-dozen tornadoes were spawned from this system. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


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Almost Here...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


One of many abandoned but still photogenic farm houses in the Texas panhandle, this one made for a great foreground element as the outflow from an HP supercell drew closer on the evening of Monday, May 16, 2016. Image looks northwest at 7:39 pm CDT from Highway 281 near Highway 1, about 9.3 miles southeast of the town of Spearman. As I approached this barbed-wire fence to get a better shot I was suddenly startled by a feral cat, which came flying out of the tall grass in the extreme foreground!


Above is a wider-angle view of the same place and time.


 7:40 pm. A still-wider (panorama) view, backpedaled more than a hundred feet to include all elements. Our chase vehicle can be seen parked along the highway at far left. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.

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Ringer Of A Horseshoe

Monday, June 20, 2016


A horseshoe-shaped shelf cloud was becoming more defined in the now-increasing outflow-dominated HP supercell in the Texas panhandle at 7:33 pm CDT on Monday, May 16, 2016. The above image looks north from the junction of Highway 51 (foreground) and Highway 760, about 7 miles south of the town of Spearman. Storm was moving left-to-right in the picture.



West facing at 7:39 pm. Location is alongside Highway 281 at Highway 1, a little over 9 miles southeast of Spearman. The shelf cloud is low and menacing, packed with hail inside its core. Note the circling birds at upper left.


Panorama image at the same location and time. The abandoned farmstead in the foreground appears to be on the verge of being swallowed by the monster. 



Radar screen capture from this moment. White curve indicates area of the horseshoe. Target icon shows our position relative to the supercell, lavender color is hail, and the white arrows indicate storm movement.

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Now With An Outflow Horseshoe Base

Sunday, June 19, 2016



As the HP supercell matured in the Texas Panhandle on the evening of Monday, May 16, 2016, it began to form an outflow horseshoe base. The four images in today's posting were all stationary and located along Highway 520 at Highway 2, about 8 miles northwest of the town of Morse. The panorama image above was captured at 7:02 pm CDT and looks north.


A similar image one minute later.


7:03 pm and looking west along Highway 520. Ryan Alliss stands warily next to our vehicle as the storm draws nearer.


A slightly zoomed-in view of the rain and hail core looking north at the same time. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.

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Keeping Pace On The Backroads Of The Texas Panhandle

Saturday, June 18, 2016


Now it was time to stay with, or try to get ahead of the advancing HP supercell in the Texas panhandle on the evening of Monday, May 16, 2016. Photo ops such as the image shown above made that difficult. It is 6:14 pm CDT and we are eastbound (right) on Highway 3212, pulled up at the intersection of Highway 807, about 16 miles east of Dalhart. The heavy rain and hail core (left, horizon) was to be stayed clear of!


A similar view, but later at 6:42 pm. We are on the move eastbound (right) on Highway CC at the intersection of Highway 17, about 5.8 miles northwest of the town of Sunray.


Three minutes later and still eastbound on Highway CC. We were just a short distance from a left turn (north) onto Highway 119, bringing us briefly but dangerously closer to the supercell, which sports an unusual inflow cloud in the image above. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


Radar screen capture corresponding closely to the times for images two and three. The target icon shows our position to the storm and hail core (lavender). The white arrows indicate storm movement.

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