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NEW VIDEOS POSTED!

  • Some kinds of "ROTATION" are more interesting than others... *lol*
  • Here's a short clip of the tornado that we chased on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. We witnessed it from birth until just a couple of miles short of its death --- from north of Solomon, KS to east of Chapman, KS --- which was a total track length of approximately 25 miles during its 90 minutes on the ground.
  • Here's a quick and dirty video of the third tornado that we saw while we were north of Leoti, KS on May 21, 2016. Sorry that this is all I got of it, but it was a real quickie and I was on the wrong side of the vehicle. You'll get the idea, though.
  • How about a little "Brain Lightning"?
  • Here's a "BEST OF" collection of photos from my 2015 chase!
  • More Adventures With FLARP!
  • FLARP!!!
  • Here's some "quick 'n dirty" footage of one of the tornadoes that we saw on May 11, 2014 near McCool Junction, Nebraska.
  • Check out the new videos from El Reno, OK that I uploaded to YouTube! You can find them here.
  • There's also video from the Bennington, KS tornado, as well... which can be found here on YouTube and also here on Vimeo.
  • I even went back and over-enhanced the contrast on a portion of my El Reno video, to make it even more obvious how enormous that monster really was. You can now see that short clip here on YouTube.

    
    

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PLEASE NOTE...

I have been experiencing problems with updates on this page, so for now, only the most recent updates will now be reflected here on the Weatheraholic home page. For past updates, please go to the CHASE NOTES and/or CHASE DATA pages. Hopefully they will remain stable.

Thanks very much for your understanding.

Here is the latest news for you...

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 0930 EDT: For those of you who have been waiting for more content from the 2016 storm chase, you will probably have to wait a bit longer. Sadly, the laptop that I traveled with died a couple of weeks back. (I'm pretty sure the hard drive is toast, but I'm still working on that.) Of course I have backups of all of the raw materials (i.e., photos, videos, etc.), but I had not done a backup of the work-in-progress stuff since I returned from Tornado Alley. *curses* That just means that I will need to start from scratch... *sigh* ...and you will need to be patient with me for a while.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 @ 1100 EDT: The complete travel maps for Tours 1 and 2 are now available! You can find them all at https://kingkey.smugmug.com/TornadoChase/Chase-2016/Travel-Maps/ . One note: The May 19th map includes the side trip that John made to Trinidad, CO, from the Capitan Volcano in order to pick up the part required to repair the radiator hose problem with Van #2.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 @ 2200 EDT: After a few days of sleep 
(Ahhhh... and what glorious sleep it has been!)
, I can finally declare my final numbers for Tour 2. We traveled 4600 miles, in five states, and I saw roughly 18 tornadoes. I say "roughly" simply because on May 24th, we saw probably 20-25 tornado touchdowns during the course of the day. It became impossible for me to say how many of those were repeat touchdowns by the same tornadoes and which were new tornadoes, so I am simply going with the number that Charles said there were... which was nine. He knows a whole lot more about this than I ever will!

Anyway, here is the travel map for the entirety of Tour 2, along with the daily breakdown for the tour.





Monday, May 30, 2016 @ 1430 EDT: Home again, and a nice long night of sleep... followed by several long naps... which will likely be followed by several more! Man, these last four weeks have really worn me down, but it was TOTALLY worth it!

So just to catch you all up, my flight out of OKC left late yesterday, which shortened my layover in Houston and made it impossible for me to get my final meal at Pappadeaux. *sigh* Oh well. It would have been nice, but I improvised and found a nice quick alternative delicacy along the way. During our approach to the Houston airport, though, I was taken by the flooding there that we could see from the air! I had no idea of the extent of that flooding!

Then I boarded the flight to Fort Lauderdale and, as always, had my window seat for a good view of everything. I was a bit cramped, as usual, with long legs and typically much-too-little leg room on the flights, but additionally due to a really fat old lady in the center seat. She "overflowed" her space quite a bit, and her fat arm on the armrest was constantly changing the channel and volume on my TV. Towards the end of the flight, she was just turning my TV on and off repeatedly! I just tried to ignore it and used my time to grab some shots out of the window... which worked out well when we were approaching Fort Lauderdale and we had to divert around a localized storm cell. Not too bad as a finale to my month of storm chasing!

So now I'm home and counting down the days until the next storm chase! And what is the count? That would be 342 days, to be exact!

You can see a few iPod Touch shots from the journey home HERE: https://kingkey.smugmug.com/TornadoChase/Chase-2016/2016May29/

Sunday, May 29, 2016 @ 0700 CDT: Yesterday was a day for a bit of rest, some exploration of the Oklahoma City area and, most of all, reminiscing about our experiences. And wow, what we have seen has been truly incredible! I count twenty tornadoes --- Yes, TWENTY of 'em! --- while chasing in six states and almost 8800 miles during the four weeks in Tornado Alley with Cloud 9 Tours. And that doesn't even begin to touch on all of the great structure... the hail... the flooding... the ferocious winds... the jokes and good times... the food... the friends... What a great time it has been!

As is always the case when the tours are over for me, I'm pretty damn depressed about the idea of leaving Tornado Alley and my friends here. I will admit, though, that this tired old body of mine will be grateful to get home and sleep for about a week. Tour 2 has really taken its toll on all of us. No complaints, though, because I would definitely do it all over again if I had the opportunity!

Many many thanks to everyone during the last month: To Charles, for doing it all (and working himself way too hard in the process, while never losing his sense of humor); to John, Rocky and Brian for their endless hours of driving --- and doing it incredibly well --- and for their endless tolerance of our idiocy *lol*; to my Tour 1 compatriots for enjoying our "Restaurant Tour" and the "Large & Bizarre" tour ALMOST as much as the storms; and to all of the Tour 2 crazies for sharing in the experience of a lifetime! It was a tour for the ages, and I hope everyone understands how special it really was! You guys were an absolute blast, and it was an honor chasing with you!

I hope to see you all next year. We'll try to do it all over again!

So anyway, you can see a few shots from my Saturday experiences HERE: https://kingkey.smugmug.com/TornadoChase/Chase-2016/2016May28/

This morning, I will be heading to the OKC airport and then begin my trip back to the Keys. If all goes according to plan, I will have sufficient time for another crawfish etouffee meal at Pappadeaux in the Houston airport, and then it's on to Fort Lauderdale and Key Largo. My bed will feel REALLY nice, that I know for sure!



Saturday, May 28, 2016 @ 1000 CDT: We really didn't expect that there would be much to chase when we left Wichita yesterday, but we tentatively targeted Chickasha, OK... by way of Wakita, OK, for obvious reasons. Well, while we were inside the Twister Museum, a cell of interest popped up nearby, and we just couldn't resist chasing it. We got into some gusty winds, saw some nice mammatus and a little hail along the way before we bailed on it and headed back to home base in Norman, OK.

You can see a few shots from our day HERE: https://kingkey.smugmug.com/TornadoChase/Chase-2016/2016May27/

Since there's nothing within range for us to chase today, we FINALLY got a decent night's sleep and will do some stuff around Oklahoma City today. Then we will meet up with the Tour 3 chasers who are flying into OKC. We will have many MANY stories to tell them before they leave on their two-week chase... and we depart... *pout*

Keep up with my latest updates on Twitter, which you can see by going to https://twitter.com/StickerThad.



Friday, May 27, 2016 @ 0900 CDT: After the last few days, I guess Mother Nature just didn't have the energy left for our chase yesterday. Everything that we chased ended up either fizzling out or turning into a line of high precipitation crap. Oh well... We really don't have any room to complain, do we?

You can see a few shots from our day HERE: https://kingkey.smugmug.com/TornadoChase/Chase-2016/2016May26/

...and I have finished Wednesday's shots as well! You can find them HERE: https://kingkey.smugmug.com/TornadoChase/Chase-2016/2016May25/

As for today, the chances look pretty slim that we will see tornadoes, but with the way our luck has gone recently, I wouldn't be surprised if we do!

Keep up with my latest updates on Twitter, which you can see by going to https://twitter.com/StickerThad.



Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 0930 CDT: For a day that was initially going to be a travel day, the conditions yesterday certainly changed rapidly! We were surprised with a cell south of Minneapolis, KS, where we saw a tornado from birth to quick death. Then we witnessed the birth of what would be an absolute MONSTER tornado, chasing it from near Solomon, KS until around Chapman, KS (almost 90 minutes later) when there was not enough light to safely chase it. This thing was one of the most intense and long-lasting tornadoes that I have ever seen, and it was a huge threat to the people of Chapman, KS! As far as I am aware now, no one was killed or injured by it, so I am very very thankful for that!

Even though I have not yet processed photos from yesterday's surprisingly great chase, I **did** finish the photos from Tuesday's awesome chase day! You can see them HERE: https://kingkey.smugmug.com/TornadoChase/Chase-2016/2016May24/ I will try to get yesterday's shots processed ASAP and share them with you.

As for today, it looks to be yet ANOTHER great chase day. I have included the SPC's description below.

Keep up with my latest updates on Twitter, which you can see by going to https://twitter.com/StickerThad.



SPC AC 261300

DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK  
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0800 AM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

   VALID 261300Z - 271200Z

...THERE IS AN ENH RISK OF SVR TSTMS THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING FOR PARTS OF CENTRAL/NRN KS AND SRN NEB...

...THERE IS AN ENH RISK OF SVR TSTMS THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING FOR PARTS OF W CENTRAL AND SW TX...

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS THE CENTRAL/SRN PLAINS THROUGH TONIGHT...

...THERE IS A MRGL RISK OF SVR TSTMS SURROUNDING THE SLGT RISK AND EXTENDING INTO THE MS VALLEY...

...SUMMARY...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF TORNADOES AND VERY LARGE HAIL ARE EXPECTED THURSDAY ACROSS MUCH OF THE SOUTHERN NEBRASKA AND KANSAS VICINITY.  VERY LARGE HAIL WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE ACROSS PARTS OF WEST TEXAS.  ISOLATED LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS WILL OTHERWISE BE POSSIBLE OVER A BROAD AREA OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS.

...CENTRAL/SRN PLAINS THROUGH TONIGHT...

A MIDLEVEL SHORTWAVE TROUGH OVER AZ THIS MORNING WILL PROGRESS EWD OVER NM TODAY AND REACH THE SRN HIGH PLAINS TONIGHT.  A RELATED LEE CYCLONE WILL DEEPEN TODAY NEAR THE SW CORNER OF KS... AS A OUTFLOW-REINFORCED SURFACE FRONT DEVELOPS NWD AS A WARM FRONT FROM CENTRAL KS TOWARD THE NEB BORDER BY EARLY AFTERNOON.  A VERY MOIST AIR MASS WITH BOUNDARY LAYER DEWPOINTS IN THE LOW 70S IS PRESENT S OF THE BOUNDARY AND E OF A DRYLINE THAT ARCS SWWD FROM THE ERN TX PANHANDLE TO THE W TX/SE NM BORDER.  THIS RICH MOISTURE LIES BENEATH A PLUME OF NEARLY DRY ADIABATIC MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES... THE COMBINATION OF WHICH WILL RESULT IN MLCAPE AOA 4000 J/KG AS SURFACE HEATING COMMENCES IN THE WARM SECTOR.

THE INITIAL THERMODYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT AND LARGE-SCALE PATTERN APPEAR QUITE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS TODAY ACROSS THE PLAINS... BUT THERE ARE SOME COMPLICATING FACTORS THAT ARE ALREADY BECOMING APPARENT THIS MORNING.  CLUSTERS OF THUNDERSTORMS HAVE FORMED AND CONTINUE TO EXPAND ACROSS CENTRAL TX... WITH MORE ISOLATED CONVECTION EXTENDING INTO NW TX.  SOME OF THE OVERNIGHT CONVECTION... ESPECIALLY NEAR SJT... HAS RESULTED IN DOWNWARD TRANSPORT OF DRY AIR FROM ABOVE THE RELATIVELY SHALLOW MOIST LAYER.  THE THERMODYNAMIC PROFILE WILL REMAIN FAVORABLE FOR DOWNDRAFT PRODUCTION WITH MULTICELL CLUSTERS IN AN ENVIRONMENT WITH RELATIVELY WEAK FLOW/VERTICAL SHEAR IN THE MIDLEVELS... ESPECIALLY FROM N TX ACROSS OK.

DURING THE AFTERNOON... IT APPEARS THE WARM FRONT IN KS WILL PROVIDE THE PRIMARY FOCUS FOR THE MORE SIGNIFICANT SEVERE STORM THREAT.  THE WARM FRONT SHOULD REMAIN LARGELY REMOVED FROM THE STABILIZING AFFECTS OF THE EARLY TX/OK CONVECTION... THOUGH THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE TIMING AND MODE OF STORM DEVELOPMENT EVEN IN KS.  DEEP-LAYER AND LOW-LEVEL SHEAR WILL BE MOST FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS/TORNADOES NEAR THE WARM BY EARLY AFTERNOON... AND CURRENT EXPECTATIONS ARE FOR A FEW STORMS TO FORM ALONG THE BOUNDARY BY THIS TIME.  ADDITIONAL STORM DEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED ALONG THE DRYLINE CLOSER TO THE KS/OK BORDER BY MID AFTERNOON...AND THESE STORMS WILL SPREAD NEWD.  AGAIN... THE TORNADO RISK SHOULD BE GREATER WITH STORMS INTERACTING WITH THE BOUNDARY... AND DECREASE WITH SWD EXTENT GIVEN WEAKER VERTICAL SHEAR.

BY LATE AFTERNOON/EVENING... THE SCENARIO WILL CONTINUE TO GET MORE COMPLEX WITH INCREASINGLY NUMEROUS STORMS AND LIKELY OUTFLOW/STABILIZING INFLUENCES.  AS SUCH... THE LARGE HAIL AND TORNADO RISK SHOULD PEAK DURING THE AFTERNOON ALONG THE WARM FRONT IN KS OR EXTREME SRN NEB... PRIOR TO MORE WIDESPREAD CONVECTIVE OVERTURNING.  FARTHER S... VERTICAL SHEAR WILL INCREASE BY THIS EVENING INVOF THE DRYLINE FROM WRN OK TO W TX.  THE LIKELIHOOD OF RELATIVELY EARLY CONVECTIVE CONTAMINATION... AND WIND PROFILES WITH PRONOUNCED MIDLEVEL BACKING BOTH CAST DOUBT ON THE MAGNITUDE OF THE SEVERE RISK FROM NW AND N CENTRAL TX INTO OK.  THE MORE INTENSE STORMS SHOULD FORM LATER THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY TONIGHT ACROSS PARTS OF W CENTRAL/SW TX... TO THE W-SW OF THE EARLY CENTRAL TX CONVECTION.  LARGE HAIL... DAMAGING WINDS... AND A FEW TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE. 

...ERN CO THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING...

AN UPSLOPE FLOW REGIME N OF THE LEE CYCLONE/SURFACE FRONT WILL DRAW LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE WWD INTO SE AND E CENTRAL CO TODAY BENEATH LINGERING STEEP MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES.  SURFACE HEATING AND LIFT ALONG THE FRONT /IN ADVANCE OF THE APPROACHING MIDLEVEL TROUGH OVER NM/ WILL SUPPORT THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT AND THE POTENTIAL FOR SUPERCELLS THIS AFTERNOON.

..THOMPSON/COHEN.. 05/26/2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 @ 0900 CDT: Awesome awesome AWESOME chase day!!! We saw AT LEAST NINE TORNADOES, including several that were multi-vortex, and some situations where we had two or even three tornadoes on the ground at the same time! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

That being said, it was yet another late late night, and after a few hours of sleep, I still have not even started to work on the literally hundreds and hundreds of photos that I took... or the little bit of video that I grabbed... so you're going to have to bear with me! My priority right now is to get ready for another chase day. I will try my best to at least post a few representative shots from yesterday so you can see what we saw! I promise! In the meantime, go back and take a look at the two quick shots that I sent via Twitter during the chase yesterday.

For now, though, here's today's SPC graphic for the tornado outlook.

Keep up with my latest updates on Twitter, which you can see by going to https://twitter.com/StickerThad.



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Signs that you or someone you know may have a weather addiction problem include:


Psychological signals:

    * chasing storms as a way to forget problems or to relax
    * withdrawal or keeping secrets from family and friends
    * loss of interest in activities that used to be important
    * problems with schoolwork, such as slipping grades or absences
    * changes in friendships, such as hanging out only with friends who chase storms
    * spending a lot of time figuring out how to get to the good storms
    * stealing or selling belongings to be able to afford to chase
    * failed attempts to stop chasing
    * anxiety, anger, or depression
    * a severe craving for Krispy Kreme doughnuts


Physical signals:

    * changes in sleeping habits
    * feeling shaky or sick when trying to stop chasing
    * needing to chase more frequently to get the same effect
    * changes in eating habits, including weight loss or gain



Supercell Deprivation Syndrome (SDS)

This is a particularly debilitating disease for Weatheraholics. For more information on it, GO HERE.

Getting Help

If you think you're addicted to the weather, recognizing that you have a problem is the first step in getting help.
A lot of people think they can kick the problem on their own, but that doesn't work for most people.
It requires the help of professionals. Seek them out, and heed their advice. Here is one of those professionals...





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