Getting Their Act Together

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The base of the northernmost supercell, located in northeast New Mexico, featured this ragged base (background center) as it drew nearer to this location along Highway 406 at Seneca Road (A081), and just over 10 miles north of US Highway 56/64. This image looks north at 3:56 pm CDT on Monday, May 16, 2016.

A zoomed view of the lowered base is shown two minutes later. Though no real definite funnels would emanate from the base at this time, the area would get its act together as it entered the Oklahoma panhandle and produce a tornado near the town of Felt about a half-hour later.

Meanwhile, at the same time and location but looking southwest, the underside of another supercell moved steadily east (left) and would produce another tornado near US Highway 87 in the far western Oklahoma panhandle around 5:40 pm. Note the protruding small hills of the Rocky Mountain foothills in the landscape of the background. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


Double Trouble

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The two images above show the billowing updraft of a growing supercell in northeast New Mexico. The camera looks north alongside Highway 406, between 6-7 miles north of US Highway 56/64 and about 7.5 miles NE of Clayton, New Mexico. Top image was captured at 3:44 pm CDT, Monday, May 16, 2016; the above image at 3:50 pm. At the same location but looking southwest, is the anvil underside of separate supercell shown below. Capture time also 3:50 pm.

Both supercells would produce a tornado, the top one just north of Felt, Oklahoma just after 4:30 pm. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


Plains Vigil

Monday, May 23, 2016

My son (background) and I continued to wait as this storm cell billowed to life. The image looks west from E0132 Road, about .2-mile west of Highway 324, about 16.3 miles northwest of Boise City, Oklahoma. Despite the fact that this road runs for miles, its entrance from Highway 324 contains a gate. Cattle roam free on the open land. Time and date here was 2:46 pm CDT, Monday, May 16, 2016.

This image looks northwest and was shot at 70mm focal length. The zoomed view shows dark cumulus clouds and mesa-like ground features at 3:00 pm. The dark area at the top of this image is the line of clouds seen at lower right in the first image.

A group of storm chasers from Texas parked a short distance west of us just after 3:00 pm, and are here observing a mother cow and her calf which were roaming the area. The two cows were getting their looks in too. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


Enhanced Risk Day

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had issued an Enhanced Risk for severe weather for the panhandle areas of Oklahoma and Texas on Monday, May 16, 2016 (above), but our confidence for tornadoes or any form of severe weather was in doubt because of cool temperatures (low-to-mid-60s). There was however, enough instability and shear to initiate storms.

The supercell above was in full organization when the image was captured. The leading edge was laced with mammatus clouds, but there was a curious lack of lightning activity. This image was captured at 2:46 pm CDT and looks west from E0132 Road, about .25-mile west of Highway 324 and about 16 miles northwest of Boise City, Oklahoma. The flat and open terrain made for excellent observation/photography.

The above image looks north toward the storm at the same time. Note the obvious turbulent nature of the approaching storm in the background. Standing watching the storm near our vehicle is son Ryan. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


Let The Storms Begin!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The first of many images I captured from a storm chase that took my son Ryan and me through Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas on Monday, May 16, 2016: The above image looks southwest as we were approaching Fowler, Kansas on US Highway 54 at 11:12 am CDT. Clouds are beginning to form in the distance after a foggy and overcast morning earlier in central Kansas. iPhone 6-plus camera.

By 2:36 pm, signs that severe weather was indeed initiating as the sky to the north and west began to darken. Here we were pulled off at the junction of a dirt road at the bend of Highway 324, about 15.5 miles west of Boise City, Oklahoma in the Oklahoma panhandle.

As we continued north on Highway 324 at 2:40 pm, the darkness of a distant building supercell was punctuated with mammatus (seen in the background above the white foreground cumulus). This image looks northwest. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


Smoked Sky

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Elevated smoke from wildfires in Alberta, Canada on Saturday, May 7, 2016 stretched some 1,300 miles to the southeast, diffusing sunsets over eastern Iowa. The above image looks west from Interstate 380 just south of the Center Point, Iowa exit at 7:24 pm CDT. Below is a closeup of the sun about 20 minutes later as seen from Bowman Woods Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The amount of smoke was potent enough in Iowa to cause breathing aggravations to people. Nikon D7200 DSLR camera.


Flame Out

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lasting ten minutes at the most, this brilliant flaming sunrise quickly gave way to cold rain and high winds on the morning of Wednesday, April 27, 2016. This image was captured at 6:13 am CDT and looks east at Wolf Creek Trail and Miller Road in Hiawatha, Iowa. Temperature was a chilly 44 degrees F. iPhone 6 Plus camera.


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