The first chase of the 2012 season has arrived and the team heads to SW Oklahoma once again in search of twisters…
The hodograph is a super important tool for storm chasers to master because it can anticipate storm mode and…yes, how they’re going to look and behave.
In our first ever guest lesson on Titan U, guest star Cameron Nixon (https://twitter.com/cameronjnixon) takes you through the hodograph and what it looks like to use them to gauge how photogenic storms are going to be on a particular day.
Cameron is a PhD student at Central Michigan with a master of science from Texas Tech and a Bachelor of Science from Valparaiso. You can read more about Cameron on his website here: https://cameronnixonphotography.wordpress.com/about/
Gauging storm photogenic-ness with hodographs is possible. But this is an even more powerful lesson if you combine it with the other bits of forecast knowledge you need.
The hope is that after watching this lesson (and taking in a few other lessons with Titan U *hint*) you’ll be more prepared to tackle the 2020 storm season. Gauging which target will result in storms that are more interesting for the camera is always a tough call, but hopefully you’ll feel more confident going forward!
Check out Cameron on the web!
Nestled in what some might call the fringes of tornado alley — New Mexico is often an overlooked destination for storm chasers — especially compared to its bordering states of Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado.
However, New Mexico is an enchanting place where the supercells of the plains meet the desert landscapes of the southwest…
This was easily the most photogenic day with a squall line/whale’s mouth in years. We’ve posted some great shots from this on our social media feeds over the years, with an almost unmatched sky that looks ominous and scary. A whale’s mouth is the backside of a shelf cloud that often looks like you are being swallowed, with chaotic motion and cool outflow winds hitting you all at once. The day itself was kind of an expectations letdown as initial supercells gusted out rapidly into a squall line, but the whale’s mouth show made up for it photographically!
This was another of our tornado intercepts from the historic fall day in SW OK. This tornado in particular appeared quite strong and likely was a stronger tornado though it moved over mostly open land during its lifespan.
This timelapse is of an LP supercell moving along the Oklahoma/Kansas state line during the boom/bust June 18, 2011 storm chase day. This storm produced giganto hail and eventually a tornado in the roadless expanses of Osage County in Oklahoma.
On a day few chased, this incredible supercell formed in the late afternoon hours near Greensburg, KS with inflow winds blowing into it that were up near hurricane force. A true beast!
This was one of the most powerful Tornadoes we’ve ever witnessed. Unfortunately the haze of May 24 and the slight distance we were dealing with kept us from getting a truly spectacular angle on this one. Still, one we’ll always remember.
This was a pretty standard mid-April chase day with a nice dryline just west of I-35 in Central Oklahoma set to fire off supercells in the late afternoon. We gave chase on one particular tornado warned cell into the evening.