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Cloud 9 Tours

Here you will find blog entries of my experience of storm chasing with Cloud 9 tours, and other things related to Cloud 9 tours.

Put together a video of the Goshen County tornado of 2009

I had some shaky and low quality video clips from the Goshen County-tornado I saw on my tour with Cloud 9 Tours back in 2009 (June 5th). It was the first tornado I ever saw and is still the best one. The tornado was covered by many chasers as well as the Vortex 2-project. The...
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Day 14 – A puny tornado

We went down to Texas our last day and I’m now on my way home from there. I will have about 2 hours sleep before I go to the airport and then back to Stockholm. We ended Day 13 at a gimmick Texas theme restaurant – The Great Texan. They had bull cojones (“mountain mushrooms”)...
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Day 13 – The last repositioning

Sitting in the car now on the way from Colorado to Texas to position for the very last Storm Chasing Day. Texas is supposed to be quite promising for tomorrow, and Texas feels good – everything is a bit bigger in Texas – and it was here we saw our first super-cell. I heard this...
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Day 12 – Photogenic storms

Day 12 turned out to be a classic Storm Chase-day. We went to Colorado in the morning and drove toward a promising storm, but the roads were not in the same direction as the storm so we got behind and inside the storm again, which meant rain and poor visibility. Fortunately, the storms pops up...
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Day 11 – Caught in a mesocyclone

I was talking about broken expectations yesterday. I do not know what the opposite would be called, but it was certainly what happened today. In the morning two girls dropped out of Tour. They have had a bit different expectations about Storm Chasing (more party, less waiting – more shopping, less driving). They were quite...
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Day 10 – Broken expectations

Today was the most promising day of the year according to the forecast. I tried not to get my expectations up too much but it was of course difficult. Especially, when the day begins with the first storm coming in over us when we are driving already at 11:30 a.m. A lightning bangs down about...
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Day 9 – Down day

The large low pressure that caused the storms we have been observing lately has come to pass, and our choice was either to continue eastward to Illinois, or wait a day and go back to Kansas on Tuesday. We chose the latter and took a  so called “Down day”. During Down days, you often go...
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Day 8 – Hail

Can hail really be exciting? Yes! This promising Sunday started out slow and it was not until 4 in the afternoon when we actually landed at our first prospect. A very beautiful storm that seemed promising, but above all gave us a…sense of hail. At first, we heard a constant and fairly loud rumbling above...
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Day 8 – Waiting…

Sitting in the car in an extremely humid and hot Kansas, not far from Manhattan, where I studied at K-State 03-04. It is a fairly typical “before” scenario. Everyone walks around a bit restless, moving back and forth into the gas station and buying more and more junk food (I have eaten so much bad...
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Day 7 – Bust day

The amazing day yesterday ended in a really nice hotel, simply because we could not find anything else. Not a problem to me, since lodging is included in this trip! This weekend is expected to be really great and it apparently started of really well. Saturday, however, was a “bust day”. This means, you go...
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