Category Archives: Storm Chasing

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Eastland County until 8:45 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Eastland County in North Texas until 8:45 PM. A severe storm located 9 miles south of Cisco or near Romney is capable of producing quarter size hail and damaging winds above 60 MPH. This storm is moving east at 25 MPH and will impact Carbon and Highway 6. The strongest part of this storm will remain south of I-20 unless it takes a left turn.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
747 PM CDT FRI OCT 10 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
EASTLAND COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS…

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 747 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 9 MILES
SOUTH OF CISCO…MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
EASTLAND AROUND 810 PM…
GORMAN AROUND 830 PM…
RANGER AROUND 835 PM…

October 5/6, 2014 Storm Photography

Strong thunderstorms unexpectedly formed along a southward moving outflow boundary in Central Oklahoma late last night and continued into this morning. I ended up photographing four separate rounds of storms over the course of several hours. The first photo shows a strong multi-cellular thunderstorm taken on a high hill west of Norman, Oklahoma.

Strong thunderstorm west of Norman, OK late on October 5, 2014. This photo is owned by Paige Burress with all rights reserved.

Strong thunderstorm west of Norman, OK late on October 5, 2014. This photo is owned by Paige Burress with all rights reserved.

This second photograph was taken on a parking garage on the University of Oklahoma’s campus in Norman, OK sometime after 2 AM. It goes without saying these thunderstorms were very electrical in nature. Considering storms were not in the forecast at all this is easily one of the best photography events of the year for me.

Lightning from the University of Oklahoma's campus early on October 6, 2014. This photo is owned by Paige Burress with all rights reserved.

Lightning from the University of Oklahoma’s campus early on October 6, 2014. This photo is owned by Paige Burress with all rights reserved.

Chasing Diary: Heading to Kansas for Tuesday

Well at least that is the plan. Let me start out by saying this is a new feature we’re going to be doing that details the upcoming chase day’s expected events and basic plan. Since it looks like we could have a few days of chasing coming up over the next week I’m hoping this helps please some of our storm lovers and followers. These won’t usually be very long but I will include some more nerdy material. In this case I’ll keep it short and sweet since I need to get ready to hit the road.

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Here is the latest severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center for Tuesday. They’ve issued a moderate risk of severe weather including the potential for more significant severe weather across parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. Most of the purple zone on the graphic above is where severe weather is likely on Tuesday in the form of large hail, damaging winds, and the possibility of tornadoes. The most widespread severe weather threat will likely be in the form of widespread damaging straight-line winds perhaps developing into a derecho (long-lived wind event that moves several hundred miles east). While data later today/tonight and Tuesday morning will give us our final target we’re currently planning to head to Salina, Kansas for tonight. Paige and I will be chasing with Stephen Jones of WeatherStorm.net.

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I’ll leave you with a little storm-porn from one of our more nerdy sources. The supercell composite takes into account several atmospheric variables and puts them all in one algorithm. This doesn’t mean severe weather is expected nor does it mean storms will even occur inside the zone. In fact many of the times this graphic shows very high numbers is when the cap is thermonuclear and all that happens is a blue sky bust (no storms). Tuesday looks to be an exception where there will be just enough forcing to cause storms to develop in a very unstable, strongly sheared environment. We could very well end up in parts of Nebraska on Tuesday but the plan is to head to Salina, Kansas tonight. My plan is to stream tomorrow using YouTube Live (technically a Google hangout). I’ll share more information on that later tonight along with my latest thoughts regarding tomorrow’s chase once we arrive in Salina.

Enjoy your Monday!

Severe Storms in Ellis/Hill Counties with Large Hail

A severe thunderstorm warning is now in effect for Ellis and northern Hill counties until 8:30 PM. There are two severe thunderstorms in the warning. The first is near Waxahachie and has been producing nickel to quarter size hail between Midlothian and Waxahachie for the past 20 minutes. It’s slowly moving southeast. The second severe thunderstorm is located near Itasca and has shown signs of intensification over the past 10 minutes. Golfball size hail is likely occuring in or just east of Itasca. This storm is moving southeast at 15 MPH and will impact Carl’s Corner along with I-35 from the 35W/35E split northward to possibly Italy. I wouldn’t recommend travel on I-35E between those two towns as this storm approaches with the potential for destructive hail.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
724 PM CDT MON APR 21 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
ELLIS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS…
NORTH CENTRAL HILL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS…

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 724 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PING PONG BALL
SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS
WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM WAXAHACHIE TO 5 MILES
NORTHEAST OF ITASCA…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH.

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR…
CARL’S CORNER AROUND 755 PM…
ITALY AND HILLSBORO AROUND 805 PM…
BARDWELL AROUND 815 PM…

THIS WILL IMPACT I-35E BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 371 AND 409.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO A STURDY SHELTER UNTIL THE STORM HAS
PASSED.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE…SEEK SHELTER IN A STRONG BUILDING AND
STAY INSIDE…AWAY FROM WINDOWS UNTIL THE STORM HAS PASSED.

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