Today’s chase looks to be another tough one with trees and more contributing to plenty of frustration for chasers keeping up with tornadic cells. Strong shear and extreme instability will combine for yet another day conducive for tornadoes across Oklahoma into Arkansas and Missouri. The area we are most concerned about strong tornadoes appears to be south of I-40 and east of Highway 81, from the OKC Metro area to just about the Red River. Please be weather aware if you live in these areas.
A tornado outbreak occurred over central Oklahoma on May 19, 2013 with myself, Brandon Goforth and my wife Sara intercepting 7-8 total tornadoes from several tornadic supercells. Two of the tornadoes were particularly violent — the Shawnee tornado (first tornado) and the Luther wedge tornado (second one). Also in the video are a couple of clips of the Edmond tornado but not pictured are another satellite rope type of tornado near Edmond and two tornadoes near Prague — I will have much more video from this day soon! – Chris
An absolutely breathtaking image by Brett Wright of the (likely) violent Shawnee, Oklahoma tornado from earlier today. This tornado did serious damage to the west of Shawnee, with fatalities and numerous injuries reported. A very sad moment and a very intense tornado.
A look at Brandon and Brett’s intense video of the tornado outbreak in Central Oklahoma this evening. An destructive day of tornadoes occured in Central Oklahoma today, unfortunately with reported fatalities and injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these horrific tornadoes. Read More
A classic dryline slight risk day is in the offing, with just enough of every major ingredient to make things interesting today. Moderate instability and ‘just enough’ wind shear should combine for supercells late this afternoon and evening producing very large hail and damaging wind gusts from SW KS into W Oklahoma. The tornado threat should be mitigated by high LCLs, but the area near sunset could yield a surprise if a storm can sustain itself into the evening. We are still monitoring data before we head out, expecting to do so by early afternoon for a target just west of the OK/TX border. Hopes are high for at least good structure this evening.
People often ask about framing and the first thing I point them to is the rule of thirds. It’s the most fundamental artistic rule you can find.
The second thing I typically do is teach about balance, and how to achieve it within an image. Most people see balance and think ‘oh you mean symmetry?!” But balance is not symmetry! Balance is simply making sure the entire image has something important to say — and there simply aren’t huge vast amounts of wasted space within the image. Read More