Capturing Incredible.

April 2, 2015

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THE GANG IS BACK TOGETHER

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Some days in storm chasing, you wake in the morning not really expecting to chase and then — because the atmosphere makes it irresistible — you end up chasing anyways.

April 2, 2015 was totally that day, as it was just painfully obvious we needed to chase by early afternoon — and the SPC obliged that with a 10% tornado risk in their newest day one outlook by mid afternoon.

In what was a rare event this year, the original team got the band back together for a chase in Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma. Leaving very late in the day, at 4 p.m., we knew everything had to go right for us to be on time today.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container][fusion_builder_container background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]

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As we left the Tulsa metro area and moved towards Coffeyville, KS — we observed several attempts at towering convection both to our north along the warm front and to the west along the dryline.

The question on if storms could form seemed to be getting easier to answer by the minute — but we expected storms. What we were afraid of were too many storms firing at once. When storms fire all at the same time, they tend to compete with each other and thus they don’t maximize their environment.

If you think about storms as sort of living things which need food to eat — and the atmosphere can only supply a finite of that ‘food’ (energy) each day, the more storms there are, the less of a chance that they’ll be strong enough to produce tornadoes or very significant weather.

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We did it!

The move to stay on the southernmost storm and ignore the northern storm, despite its tornado warning and massive wall cloud paid off with one of the best views possible of the tornado near Altamont.

One of the golden rules in storm chasing is to try to pick the southern cell as much as possible, especially if they are tending to cluster up. That storm will have the cleanest air to work with and more importantly, will likely have the best chance of producing something that will come out better in photography and videos.

This tornado is a relief in many ways, and was so close to being an all-timer. But it’s certainly nice to be on the board with a largely non-destructive tornado, our first of 2015!

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To get a tornado in the early season like this today is a big coup.

We always consider any tornadoes before April 10 or so to be early season surprises. Climatologically, the tornado season in the Southern Plains really takes off in Mid April — but it could easily be a full-on winter pattern on April 2 as much as it could be a spring and stormy pattern.

We did it today, and there are surely many more chases to come this year!

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<- May 7, 2014

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April 8, 2015 ->

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