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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

    Here are some pictures of the 2nd half of the Netweather Storm Chase Trip from 15th - 31st May. A much more active 2nd half to the trip with 11 Tornadoes most of which happened between the 22nd and 29th May when a few Severe Episodes occured

    Nothing much happened on the 15th & 16th but the 17th saw a few Upslope Storms in New Mexico - 4,900 feet asl

    post-24-1212872953_thumb.jpg - New Mexico Border

    post-24-1212873020_thumb.jpg - Caprock Ampitheatre

    Again not much to report for the 18th, 19th and 20th so we picked up the last tour members in readiness for an active Period

    We overnighted in Dodge City and headed for Colorado on the 21st where one Storm reached Supercell Status, the Hail Andy is holding was just a baby compared to what we would see over the next few days

    post-24-1212873166_thumb.jpg - Dryline Initiaton near Burlington (Colorado)

    post-24-1212873305_thumb.jpg - Sampled the Quarter Sized Hail

    post-24-1212873339_thumb.jpg - Andys Largest ever Hail - a record that would last just 24 Hours!

    post-24-1212873395_thumb.jpg - We did not sample these Baseballs

    post-24-1212873427_thumb.jpg - Beautiful Mesocyclone which would drop the Nightime Sielbert Tornado

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    After overnighting in Burlington we then had a High Risk day in Western Kansas and would come to bag 2 Tornadoes on the 22nd May both near Hoxie (Ks) the 1st Destroyed a House and knocked Powerlines across the road and the 2nd would miss our ditched cars by just 1 Mile, thanks to a Kansas Farmer and $100 for the use of his John Deere Tractor which saved us

    post-24-1212873681_thumb.jpg post-24-1212873747_thumb.jpg - Initiation near to Garden City (Ks)

    post-24-1212873809_thumb.jpg - Driving underneath the Meso which would go on to produce a 1 Mile Wide Wedge

    post-24-1212873851_thumb.jpg - View from our Ditched Car looking North at Multiple Vortices

    post-24-1212873897_thumb.jpg - Dave Mud-Ridden - At least the cars are saved!

    post-24-1212874028_thumb.jpg post-24-1212874069_thumb.jpg - Tornado moving away

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    Friday May 23rd would turn out to be the best Chase day of the Netweather Tour with 5 Tornadoes on this Moderate Risk Day

    post-24-1212874162_thumb.jpg - Wedge Tornado just 2 miles to our West - Tornado # 1

    post-24-1212874306_thumb.jpg - Satelite Cone Tornado around the Wedge - Tornado # 2

    post-24-1212874381_thumb.jpg - Fat Elephant Trunk Tornado - Tornado # 3

    The 4th Tornado was another Cone Tornado North of Ness City which one of the other guys has pictured and the last was the Ellis Cone Tornado with Power flashes

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=EIC9dOu1zUc - Tornado # 5

    The Dighton Intercept at 520pm on 23rd May

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=x65_ECbXA2U

    ... also video clip of us in the Bear's Cage:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XA9Qvdql3NE

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    On the 27th May we got onto some nice LP Supercells near Elk City and then dropped down to the Red River Valley for an amazing Shelf Cloud with nice Lightning.

    post-24-1212874548_thumb.jpg - LP Supercell

    post-24-1212874669_thumb.jpg - Pratt Tornado with Barons Showing our Storm & Tornado just in front of us

    post-24-1212874708_thumb.jpg - Nice Green Sky!

    post-24-1212874747_thumb.jpg post-24-1212874769_thumb.jpg - Time to Move

    post-24-1212874805_thumb.jpg - Pano of what was chasing us down Highway 287!

    post-24-1212874867_thumb.jpg - Finally darkness and the Lightning pictures

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    The last real Chase day was the 29th May with another HIGH Risk day, we started in Concordia (Ks) and headed west to intercept the 1st Supercells near Kearney, what we would see over the next 5 hours was nothing short of Amazing, another 2 Tornadoes, one too close for comfort south of Aurora

    Some Video of the 29th May around Kearney, the Aurora Footage will be shown on ITV Next Year

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=4BD82rLxRrw

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=yfTVHG4eUeQ

    post-24-1212875050_thumb.jpg - Chase Team

    We intercepted a Cone Tornado just SW Of Kearney, this had already derailed a 90 Wagon Freight train in front of us, we then played around with the Storm until 7pm when we got to a Loves Gas Station just off the I80, Thinking of booking into a Motel in Lincoln for the night and awaiting the Kansas MCS We took our eyes off the now rapidly developing Supercell just to our West, when I came out of the Gas station this was what I saw before bundling into the car with no other option that to ride out the approaching Tornado, this was rated EF2 With winds between 130-150mph

    post-24-1212875142_thumb.jpg - Tornado Approaching

    post-24-1212875293_thumb.jpg - We rode it out for 6 minutes and this was the scene

    post-24-1212875341_thumb.jpg - EF2 & RFD Damage

    post-24-1212875378_thumb.jpg post-24-1212875403_thumb.jpg

    The Chases were great this year, still have 12 hours to pull off nearly 1,000 Images of Lightning as well as other funny pieces from the trip, so will get some more Pictures up over the next few months

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  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Continental winters & summers.
  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset

    Wow, some great cloudscapes there. Very good pictures! ;)

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    Great pictures there Paul :)

    I love the color hail sends the clouds, we get a slight tinge sometimes here in the UK, but never as vivid as that, it must feel strange, the atmosphere with the sky and the light going turquoise.

    By the way how much in $ did you depreciate the value of the cars you hired? :doh:

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    tks for those later shots Paul, and for all the other shots and videos, they certainly gave everyone at home a good idea of what the weather can be like in America during the tornado season.

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  • Location: Swallownest, Sheffield 83m ASL
  • Location: Swallownest, Sheffield 83m ASL

    Super pics Paul... I still love the blues of the hail cores.. stunning!!

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  • Location: Copdock Village, near Ipswich
  • Location: Copdock Village, near Ipswich

    ive got the money but would feel nervous going all that way with people i'd never met before. Sounds childish I know but IF I was garunteed there would be a nice bunch of guys then I'd def go. hopeuflly I can win the competition that netweather has, then I won't say no for sure, love freebies

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  • Location: Redhill, Surrey
  • Location: Redhill, Surrey

    :D damn forgot to enter the comp :D

    Paul thanks for sharing your amazing trip with us, you and the others have definately had a trip to remember and one I hope to experience in the next couple of years myself.

    Stormtracker, I can assure you that Paul and Nick are great guys, and would make you feel extremely welcome and at ease :)

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  • Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire - 80m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Tornadoey
  • Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire - 80m ASL
    ive got the money but would feel nervous going all that way with people i'd never met before. Sounds childish I know but IF I was garunteed there would be a nice bunch of guys then I'd def go. hopeuflly I can win the competition that netweather has, then I won't say no for sure, love freebies

    I can't complain either. I know I was a bit grumpy at times due to lack of sleep when I chased with the team 2 years back but nobody moaned at me :D The other guests were really nice people and as you'd expect conversation isn't too difficult in the quiet periods given the shared interests... It was always a pleasure to meet up with the guys this year whilst out in the plains also but one word of warning, If you do go, take a pair of earplugs is all I can suggest as a few members of the team do snore! :)

    To be perfectly honest, I'd spend 2 weeks with the msot annoying person in the world just to see those storms (Is Paris Hilton free next May I wonder...!) Its certainly a spectacle you won't see over here...

    Anyway, this is a nice recap. I might have to do one of my own, as I've gone through and enhanced some of my photos since then. I also still plan on getting more video uploaded. Maybe something I can get done at the weekend.

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