Storm Chasing Oklahoma

The chase started in Elk City, Oklahoma and ended in Goodland, Kansas.   I left Clinton, Oklahoma on May 30th and and drove west to Elk City.  Arriving in Elk City before noon, I decided I needed a day off before the next leg of the journey so I booked a room and relaxed all day.  I was extremely tired of fast food, beating myself up always trying to figure out where the next gas station was located, and of course driving.  Most of the day was spent in the…

Storm Shots I July 2009

  2009 JULY 22:  Monsoon moisture fueled an outbreak of severe thunderstorms that produced high winds and extremely dangerous cloud to ground lightning in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Storm Shots August 2014

We were all sitting around watching a marathon of Dexter on TV when I noticed some thunderstorm activity in the area north of Vegas.  At 11:30 p.m. I decided to jump in the chase rig and head for the desert initially going for the Indian Springs area.   I drove towards Indian Springs and found a place to reassess the storm versus my position.   Arriving near Corn Creek south of Indian Springs, I decided it wasn’t the only show in town and I needed to head over on the other side of the…

Ever Been in a Flash Flood?

Tired from storm chasing the previous evening, we decided to casually venture out in the desert south of Las Vegas for a little exploration of the Colesseum Mine south of Primm, Nevada along the California and Nevada border.  The day was amazing and we could see cumulous build up on the horizon as far as the eye could see.  Heading towards the Colesseum Mine we traveled up the road, which at times appeared more like a wash, and could see there were thunderstorm cells developing around us that appeared to be tracking…

Storm Shots July 2014

July 07:2014: Upon returning from Sunday’s chase I noticed the underside of the chase vehicle was coated in oil. I decided it was best to work on locating the source of the oil leak and fix it because there would be more days of chasing ahead.  As I was tearing down the engine looking for the leak, I kept noticing the sky getting darker. The winds began to kick up and the air the air smelled like rain. Wrenching along on the engine, I kept seeing flashes of lightning out…

Storm Shots July 06, 2014

July 06, 2014: Conditions looked favorable for storms in the area. I loaded up the truck and headed north again towards Coyote Springs. The sky is always amazing during the monsoon season and I watched as several cells moved around the area producing rain accompanied with lightning. Right at dusk, I decided to drive east towards the town of Moapa. The radar showed a storm moving across the Morman Mountains towards the west. I was in a good position to catch the storm as it moved across the desert to…

Storm Shots July 05, 2014

July 05, 2014: After reading the hazardous weather outlook by the NWS in Las Vegas, the chance to see and photograph lightning was a gamble however we decided it was worth the effort to drive towards the Lincoln county line and set up the cameras.  The NWS hazardous weather outlook for the evening: THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST ARIZONA…CALIFORNIA AND SOUTHERN NEVADA. .DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING ERRATIC GUSTY WINDS AND BRIEF PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN ARE EXPECTED TODAY AND TONIGHT. SOME DRY…