Chasing Down a Supercell

When it’s May you chase.  During the week of May 22, 2016, a southward dip in the jet stream occurred in the West near Colorado, with favorable thermodynamics advecting northwards and setting the potential for a tornado outbreak. In the early afternoon of May 22, 2016, an Enhanced Risk was issued by the Storm Prediction Center for extreme southwestern Kansas, the Oklahoma Panhandle and northern Texas.  Numerous tornadoes touched down along the dryline that evening, with the strongest tornadoes touching down in Texas.        

Storm Chase Four States

The convective outlook for the day called for an enhanced risk and the main reason I decided to make the overnight drive from North Dakota to Wyoming. It was a long night of driving through some terrible weather and I was tired, worn down, and zombie-like as I pulled into the outskirts of North Platte, Nebraska.  Parked on the side of the road with one eye open, I tried to watch the sunrise but my eyes felt like heavy weights were attached to the lids and I easily fell right…

Storm Chase The Dakotas

The day started in Rapid City, South Dakota and ended 36 hours later in Denver, Colorado.  It was a tough chase day but well worth the lack of sleep and the 1,033 miles of driving.  If I had to remember one thing about this chase day that stood out in my mind, it was my night in Rapid City.  The bed at the Inn and Suites where I had stayed the night was so comfortable.  The morning arrived too quick and the ritual of looking at maps, looking at the…