2013 Storm Chase Videos

October 4, 2013 Storm Chase | Beautiful Supercell in Western Oklahoma

In the Autumn as the days begin to shorten, every supercell feels so special because it could be your last of the calendar year. 2013 was no different, with the October 4 chase day really showing a lot of promise and delivering with some sweet structure near Clinton, Oklahoma.

May 31, 2013 Storm Chase | Massive Tornado near El Reno, OK

The famous day of El Reno — our view here wasn’t as exciting as others as we stayed to the right of the path at all times, despite the somewhat unorthodox (but not unheard of) track the tornado took. Oftentimes, big and messy HPs along boundaries can behave this way so its always best to…

May 30, 2013 Storm Chase | C. Oklahoma Tornado Warned Supercells

Supercells erupted up and down the Highway 81 corridor and moved into the I-35 corridor into the late afternoon/evening with gorgeous structure and even a couple of weak tornadoes. This was almost a prolific tornado outbreak, but low level winds were just slightly off, preventing a larger event.

May 26, 2013 Storm Chase | Behind the Scenes Views

This was the start of a fun multi-day excursion across the plains which culminated in the May 31, 2013 El Reno chase day. On this day, the storms weren’t too cooperative but we made out with a fantastic sunset anyways!

May 20, 2013 Storm Chase – Moore, Oklahoma EF5 Tornado

There isn’t much more you have to say about this day. It was a horrific, tragic day of chasing. While we certainly do love storms and the complexity of the atmosphere, this was where chasing them down wherever they happen wasn’t at all what we wanted. The thrill of a forecast correctly made and chase…

May 20, 2013 Storm Chase | Duncan, OK Tornado

While a supercell to our north was doing enormous, untold, historical damage — we were in southern Oklahoma chasing a supercell which went on to produce a cone tornado. For us, this was a worst case scenario from a chase standpoint where we weren’t ready to commit north until it was too late to get…

May 20, 2013 Storm Chase | The Duncan, OK Tornado Sequence

The view in the chase vehicle and outside of it as we filmed a distant tornado near Duncan, OK. This tornado was a pretty stout one, but it was the only one this storm could manage to produce as the environment seemed to go downhill quickly after it formed.

May 19, 2013 Storm Chase | Central Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak

A localized outbreak of tornadoes struck the central Oklahoma area, with several recording strong ratings and one SW of Shawnee, Oklahoma earning an EF4 rating. This was a day we chased extremely well, as we were on the first to last tornado of the day in Oklahoma, seeing multiple tornadoes from a couple of supercells…

May 15, 2013 Storm Chase | Tornadic Supercells Across North Texas!

This was a pretty interesting chase day with two separate targets. We chose the easternmost target with the better moisture over the dryline. This moisture gradient almost acted as a second dryline with storms forming along it and eventually going on to produce tornadoes from the DFW metro north towards the Red River.

May 15, 2013 Storm Chase | Tornado in North Texas With Trees Galore

This tornado encounter was one where we really never could afford a great view thanks to a lack of good roads and dense trees. We ended up having to back up about 1/2 mile with this one (probably a bit excessive all things considered in retrospect 6 years later). Overall this was a day I’d…

April 17, 2013 Storm Chase | Tornado Warned Supercells in SW OK

This was one of the first days we really began to get not so fond of Veer-back shear profiles. These profiles are when winds, instead of gradually veering with height (supercells like this) actually back after a time. Oftentimes, this makes for messy looking storms and bad photo opportunities — even if a day still…

April 15, 2013 Storm Chase | Supercell in North Texas

This was a great photography day in north Texas. A supercell formed late in the day with some incredible storm structure as it moved across North Texas. No tornadoes from this one, but the storm was certainly spinning on the large scale, which made for some fantastic views.

February 12, 2013 Storm Chase | Snowstorm Across Oklahoma

Southern Plains winter storms may not be the big, bad productions of the northern parts of the country — but they are a nightmare for local residents as ill-equipped local governments struggle to maintain good roads when the snowfall becomes overwhelming. Of course, when mother nature creates chaos we tend to feel the urge to…