Day 11 – Caught in a mesocyclone

By | June 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Day 10 – Broken expectations

By | June 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Day 9 – Down day

By | June 9, 2009 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Day 8 – Hail

By | June 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Day 8 – Waiting…

By | June 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Day 7 – Bust day

By | June 7, 2009 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Day 6 – Supercells and sunsets

By | June 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

We continued to drive towards to the storm that had created the tornado earlier in the afternoon. It still had a strong rotation which created a super cell with a beautiful round shape with different layers. We drover in underneath the base hoping for more tornadoes but the supply had run out, I guess 🙂 […]

Day 6 – Funnel cloud

By | June 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

I do not remember if it was the same storm with the tornado that we ended up by a bit later again, but I believe it was. We stopped out on a field where a wall cloud came in slowly and majestically. It was the perfect arrangement for a beautiful tornado, but the rotation was […]

Day 6 – Tornado

By | June 6, 2009 | 0 Comments
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Yes, today we finally found a tornado – and what a tornado! Everything looked pretty good in the morning, the first storm we were going for to seemed to have all the attributes we want: a low wall cloud, strong rotation and large hail. We come out just in time to bring out our cameras. […]

Day 6 – The shit hit the fan

By | June 6, 2009 | 0 Comments
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I’m just about to leave our hotel in North Platte, Nebraska, so I do not have time to write or upload any photos. One thing is for sure though – the shit hit the fan yesterday and it was a fantastic day! It all started here with this photo. I will return with the rest […]

Day 5 – Rocky mountains

By | June 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

On Day 3, we learned how storms work. Today we learned that storms are not always reliable. In the morning we hurried up early from Colby, KS, to go to the Colorado plains. These plains seemed the most likely to create storms today, which basically means: The air needs to be moist so that clouds […]

Day 5 – Follow us on Cloud 9’s webcam!

By | June 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

As mentioned, it looks promising for the next couple of days and you can follow our trip through GPS and webcam here: I will try to put the image here and see if it gets updated a bit now and then:

Day 4 – When you are bored in the van

By | June 4, 2009 | 0 Comments

On a storm chasing tour you spend many long hours in the van. I was fully aware of this and it was also a bit of one of the things I really looked forward too. This spring, I have been busy with something from the moment I woke up to the second I had fallen […]

Day 3 – Storm chasing in Texas

By | June 3, 2009 | 0 Comments

Today was quite a classic day of Storm Chasing. We woke up, had breakfast / brunch at Ihop and by then our guides Charles had made a plan for today’s trip. They look at their radar images, listen to weather reports, look at their gadgets and make estimates where it is most likely that the […]

Day 2 – Close after all

By | June 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

We have been jumping back and forth between Kansas and Nebraska during the day and practically seen nothing. We had a quick stop by a local attraction – The World’s Largest Ball of Twine (!). It felt like we had given up on the hope of seeing some storm when we suddenly picked up something […]

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