2016 Storm Chase Videos

May 21, 2016 Storm Chase | Super Photogenic Tornadic Supercell near Leoti, Kansas

The Leoti supercell is well known amongst chasers for its various photogenic qualities. This storm formed in an environment just supportive of supercells. It maximized the shear available by turning right against the mean flow, increasing helicity and producing tornadoes along with some incredible structure. The directional shear on this day was pretty intense, so…

May 9, 2016 Storm Chase | EF4 Tornado near Katie, Oklahoma

This was a pretty famous chase day, where a supercell formed along an effective triple point in SC OK and pretty much immediately dropped a photogenic EF4 tornado while the storm was still pretty LP. When a storm does something like this, its because there is a really good combination of shear/instability along with what…

May 9, 2016 Storm Chase | Wedge Tornado North of Sulphur, Oklahoma

We could probably make a pretty awesome compilation video of our tornado and supercell intercepts near Sulphur, Oklahoma. However, despite all of that this was probably the biggest/baddest tornado we’ve encountered in this land of the Arbuckles. This wedge was rated as an EF-3, but radar close to the tornado indicated that had the tornado…

May 8, 2016 Storm Chase | Chasing Down Left Splits in NW OK

The target on this day was W and NW OK where we were hoping for storm development and the possibility of tornado producing supercells. Instead, we ended up struggling as supercells which formed a bit earlier to the south kept throwing off fast moving left splits which moved northerly and swept up the instability in…

April 26, 2016 Storm Chase | PDS Watch Squall Line Fiasco

A storm chase becomes a fiasco when the expectations are high but the results are low-end because of either the day not panning out or because of chase decisions…or a combination of both. While rooting for big days to produce isn’t really what we’re talking about here, there is a certain amount of preparation and…

April 16, 2016 Storm Chase | Weak Supercell in the Texas Panhandle

For whatever reason, this day really sticks out as a fun little adventure down to Turkey, Texas. The edge of the caprock escarpment is a favorite place for chasers to venture towards and this day was no different. Storms struggled for quite awhile but eventually became severe while taking on supercell characteristics. The timelapses here…

April 15, 2016 Storm Chase | Texas Panhandle Marginally Severe Storms

The words ‘marginally severe’ are never a good sign when discussing how a storm chase went. A dryline was set up north/south across the Panhandle with pretty strong shear — but instability and the cap were both limiting factors. Unfortunately for our forecast and photography desires, the cap ended up largely winning through the daylight…

April 10, 2016 Storm Chase | Pretty Supercell near Walters, Oklahoma

This was a day where parameters weren’t so great early in the day and it showed. Storms were a mushy mess, with little structure and organization. However, as sunset approached, the low level jet really began to crank which increased shear and overall storm organization. Because of that, a supercell with some pretty structure really…