2019-05-17 REPORTS: TX/KS/NE/OK

Dan Robinson

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A wild and fantastic chase day to start the sequence of Plains events! I was on the northern target's storm of the day since Atwood, Kansas. I witnessed at least 3 tornadoes from the storm, all in Nebraska: a dusty cone/rope northwest of McCook, a long-lived photogenic stovepipe south of Farnham and a close-range dust bowl under a carouseling wall cloud north of Farnham.


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We caught up with our first 2019 tornado east of Ft. Stockton, Texas on this setup. It lasted at least ten minutes from the first dust whirl beneath a broad, conical funnel to a slender stovepipe that just seemed to fade away. We were getting hit with large hail , possibly up to tennis ball size, as this was happening and I was trying to balance the smooth finish of my car vs. the spectacle we were watching off in the hills.

I didn't have much confidence at all in the tornadic potential of any storms in southern target. It primarily came down to preferring slow storm motions on a typically exhausting Day 1 drive from Arizona.

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1813918140Couple of pics from the cell phone here, will post rest later. Awesome day, left Manhattan Kansas around 1030am and got to Colby right before the storm of the day exploded over goodland, cell went from sprinkles to golf ball hail in 20 minutes time. I was on it from its start. Tracked it all the way to just south of Farnum, NE before I lost it. Top pic is the stove pipe northeast of stockville, bottom is the dusty rope west of McCook. Been since Chapman KS 2016 that I've had anything this good.
 

JeremyS

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My day started wonderfully by capturing the start of the McCook tornado, but in the end I missed the rest of the tornadoes to the northeast due to a bad decision on going north out of McCook instead of east, a horrible road network, and not being able to chase too aggressively due to trying to avoid the hail. Finally got close again but was turned around by damage across the road effectively ending my chase. Haven’t gone through pics or my video yet, but threw up this video taken by my phone of the tornado forming west of McCook. Huge clear slot that reminded me of the Stanton NE tornado the day of Pilger.
 
Mar 8, 2016
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I waited for initiation in Colby, KS off the dryline. Got on the storm that passed near Goodland and stuck with it all the way into Nebraska until after the McCook tornado dissipated. The still dry dirt road grid allowed me to be a bit more aggressive with this tornado, allowing for one of my best intercepts to date!

Unfortunately I cut my chase short to check on a damaged farm NW of McCook and missed the rest of the Nebraska tornadoes due to the deteriorated now mud road grid and limited paved options to catch back up. An elderly couple and their dog were present in the home when the tornado hit, but fortunately were just shaken with minor injuries. Outside of this, yesterday was one heck of a way to start off my chasecation!
 

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May 28, 2011
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Had a pretty good day minus one tiny mistake to start out with that cost me a chance at closer views to the last several tornadoes. I dropped south from North Platte after it became clear this was going to be the storm of the day. When I got to Culbertson, I debated about just staying on 34 and waiting for it to get to me rather than dropping S on 17. But I saw it had recycled and thought it might produce just south so I headed down. It didn't except for a very high funnel, and I got stuck in the conga line of chasers (it would become a theme) waiting for the RFD and core to cross the road. After getting back to 34 I headed east and watched the beautiful ropeout of the first tornado (pictured below) which was positively gorgeous.

From that point on, though, I was behind the storm due to the poor road network and extremely slow driving of several people who were holding things up. At McCook I headed north and then east to Stockville where I caught the next two tornadoes - the dusty stovepipe and slender elephant trunk - while driving. I headed north on a dirt road with the rest of the horde then got stuck on 23 where the police had blocked off the highway. Taking mud roads around that set me back too far to see anything else and the day was basically over. That one decision to not wait on 34 set me behind everyone else and, without a good road network, prevented me from getting in position again. Lesson learned! But what a beautiful first tornado that was!



 
I caught the McCook tornado, pretty much from start to finish, albeit from a fair distance to the SW of the tornado, with a big crowd of chasers a little south of Culbertson. I was the first or second one onto a sideroad that became very crowded, initially just to wait out the big hail hitting Culbertson at the time, but almost as soon as I pulled onto that road, there was the tornado. Not as close a view as others had, but a good place to see it go through dramatic changes in its appearance. Also caught what may have been another tornado from the same meso 15 minutes earlier south of Culbertson - it was reported as such by multiple spotters, but I couldn't tell. And later what was probably the tornado reported 8 miles NE of Cozad, although I was a long distance away, and my views of the other tornadoes in that area were blocked by rain. Basically I intercepted the storm 3 times; once in Kansas, again south of Culbertson from where I viewed the McCook tornado, and finally near Eustis. Also adding a pic of a spiky 2.5-inch hailstone I found in Culbertson after the McCook tornado. Full report will eventually follow, as time permits.

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Because of time restraints from driving from Arizona, I chose the Southern target. We started the day in Odessa. Saw towering cells going up to the Southwest and headed that direction. Encountered a wallcloud near Fort Stockton Texas. It finally produced this tornado that lasted about 10 minutes. It was kind of an odd formation...no horseshoe and the tornado formed next to and above the lowering.
 

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Me and my father have released a Weather Balloon with Go Pro into the McCook, NE, supercell as it was producing a tornado SW of McCook. Weather Balloon reached top speed of 227 km/h (we still need to verify this, but based on Doppler radar data it's realistic) and landed with only minor damage in the bluffs between Farnam and Cozad. It was recovered a few hours later after dark about 0.5 mile north of a path of another tornado. Unedited GoPro from launch till cloud base: https://vimeo.com/manage/337197809

Higher up in the storm the winds became turbulent and icing became an issue, covering the lens of the camera. The camera was suddenly switched off at an altitude of 4410 metres. The battery was still at over 50% and memory nearly empty. We believe an impact of a hail stone on the power button caused the switch off, or possibly the pressure created by icing. We will take measures to prevent this from happening on our next flight. The balloon then rapidly descended, even that it was still in the updraft, to 1480 metres, likely below cloud base, before beginning to ascend again. We believe this was due to the weight of ice. It then again ascended to 9860 metres above sea level before it's final slow descent to where it was recovered. Video from the final 6 minutes before camera was switched off:
Edited full flight video will be posted on my Facebook when there is a chase down day: Miroslav Provod
 
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JeremyS

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Finally getting around to my chase account after I posted my video a couple of days ago of the McCook tornado forming.
I left Omaha in the morning with an initial target of North Platte. I had the same concerns many mentioned with the poor road network in the Sandhills and was really hoping things would avoid that area. I made it to North Platte and saw the big cell that had just formed near Goodland, but didn't want to commit to that storm that was that far south in case something formed that looked good closer to the stationary/warm front nearer North Platte.
I waited, initially holding off the temptation of going south to Kansas. I eventually dropped south to about 1/2 way to McCook before stopping again for about 10-15 minutes. At this point the storm looked great and was making it's way into Nebraska. Once the first report of a funnel came in south of McCook and there was nothing else really to chase I finally gave in(not sure why I was being so stubborn in dropping south).
I went west of McCook as the storm was still southwest of town bit. It had a nice wall cloud and soon I had hail falling at my location so I went back east just a bit out of the hail. It was at this point that I took the video I posted above of the tornado forming. From this vantage point though I had a horrible view of the tornado.
I then made the mistake of trying to go north out of McCook after the storm instead of going east to get back around to the front of the storm. This mistake never let me catch back up to the storms partially due to my overabundance of caution I take with my car and not wanting any hail damage and the poor road network.
On the way home I had to drive through the line of now severe storms that formed along the dryline/cold front on I-80. Once I cleared those storms the moon came out and illuminated the line rather brightly. I stopped and took some pictures of the line of storms and then headed home making it back to Omaha about 130am.

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Jan 10, 2014
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I started the morning in the cold sector in the Nebraska panhandle where it did not feel like a chase day. But then I moved to North Platte where it was warmer and waited. Once the supercell formed near Goodland I started heading that way. But my first mistake was being too aggressive going after the storm in Kansas. I should have stopped in McCook, anticipated the storm's motion better and let it come to me. But my reason for going into Kansas was kind of dumb: I had never chased there before and this was my chance. The storm went tornado warned soon after reaching the base near Atwood.


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Somehow it seemed like it sped up once I reached it. With the 45 mph storm motion to the northeast, I quickly fell behind trying to use side roads. Back in Nebraska I watched this RFD cut and wall cloud form over the stone church.


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This dusty EF-2 tornado dropped west of McCook 10 minutes later, and was 3-4 miles away from my location. Even though I had to use a telephoto lens to shoot it, I should be glad I was able to see it at all.


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My 2nd mistake was giving up on the storm too early. I assumed I would not be able to catch it again, but I made my way north anyway. I stopped for awhile to try and shoot some lightning bolts, when it started to cycle again.


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After reading the latest warning text, I saw that the storm had slowed down to 25 mph and it was moving more easterly. I was not expecting that, so I quickly tried to catch back up with it. But I was too late. I almost got through to the other side of the hook near Farnam (didn't even have to core punch). But then I ran into the tornado damage path, with downed power lines on the highway. The side roads were too muddy at this point to find my way around, so that was the end of the chase. On my way back to North Platte there was a decent sunset. Another line of storms formed on the edge of the cold front. After dark the lightning was non-stop as the last cell moved off to the east. Below is a stack of 10 lightning shots.


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This was the farthest I've ever driven to chase, but I was getting tired of waiting for setups closer to home. It was my first time chasing in Kansas (for a few minutes lol). It was also the first time I've driven through a snowstorm on the way home from a chase. Also, just like last year my season began in Nebraska and I captured a twister both times.
 
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Frustrating day, despite seeing a tornado. After several days of going back and forth on where to target, the consistency of models showing nothing happening along the dryline in the southern sector led to the decision to head north. Drive all day Thursday and ended up in North Platte, Neb. The thinking there was that from there we would have the option to target either the warm fron play which would be east of us or the northern dryline play with the advantage there that storms would be headed towards us. Woke up Friday morning and made the decision to go south to McCook. My one big point for the day was to not end up behind fast moving storms trying to catch up from behind them to the south. Sat in the parking lot of the McCook WalMart for about three hours before deciding with Bill Hark to head south toward Oberlin to try and intercept a storm that had formed. Went from Oberlin over to Atwood and sat there watching the storm for a while. Then headed back east and that's where we made the mistake. Instead of heading north on the 117 behind the storm, we went all the way back over to Oberline before heading north because we were afraid of getting cut off by the storm if we went north at 117. A valid concern, and a decision made with logical reasoning. But a wrong decision nevertheless. And just like that we were in the one situation I had vowed not to be in, behind the storm trying to play catch-up. We did catch a glimpse of the McCook tornado off to our west as we headed back to town. Wasted more time getting thru McCook and then almost gave up for the day before deciding to go a little further north, having seen that the storm had slowed down. Could get the idea that there was something going on in the murk as we near Farnam but never actually saw the tornado. Had to detour around Farnam because of the downed power lines east of time - chased it almost to the interstate before gas and light became issues. Got gas at I-80 and then went to Colby Kansas for the night. Hate to think what we could've seen had we just stayed in that Walmart parking lot in McCook. A+ for stagi Sometimes on-the-fly choices that have valid reasoning turn out to be wrong decisions.

First pic is from just west of Atwood
 

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cdcollura

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Good day all, Here is my report for storms for May 17, 2019...

Chase Summary: May 17 was a very complex chase day that was frustrating at first but ended up being a pretty good day, with at least 3 beautiful tornadoes observed in Frontier County, Nebraska. I woke up and did my forecasting and objective for the day. The SPC had an enhanced risk in two areas most of the day, with one in SW Texas, and the other in SW Nebraska and extreme NW Kansas. The latter was my target area I was looking at the past few days. Tornado probabilities were 10%, with hail and wind both hatched (for significant) at 30%. The Texas outlook was for a 5% tornado probability. A conditional threat connected these two areas with strong capping from W Texas into SW Kansas. A surface low was moving out of NE Colorado, with an upper Pacific trough providing the support for severe weather. A stationary frontal boundary intersected this surface low, and a dryline extended south from there near SW Nebraska. This was a very challenging forecast, with two "sub targets" in this northern risk area (the "triple point" OR the dryline "bulge" about 100 miles to the south). I left North Platte and waited in Ogallala. Mesoscale discussion 649 and subsequent tornado watch box 172 (valid until 10 PM CDT) were also issued by the SPC. An extremely complex convective scenario unfolded - With an isolated supercell over NE Colorado, smaller supercells near the triple point over SW Nebraska, and more storms over NW Kansas ahead of the dryline. I headed south via SR 61 to Grant, then east on SR 23 to near Highway 83. Initiation was confusing and I headed towards a storm near Grant, then eventually north to I-80, then back east to North Platte. Realizing the best chance of seeing tornadoes was a storm near McCook, I hastily headed south on Highway 83 to catch up with the cyclic "tail end Charley" storm near Curtis via SR 23 and 18. Tornadoes were finally encountered in Frontier County with damage east of Farnam. I continued east and north on SR 21 through Cozad to I-80 east to SR 21 north to observe the storm evolution. By dusk (around 9 PM) I left the storm, heading southeast on SR 40 and into Kearney for the night.

Storm Interception Details Are Below

1). May 17, 5:00 PM
- Interception and observation of a severe thunderstorm north of Grant, Nebraska in Perkins County north of SR 23 and south of I-80. The storm was a supercell storm that developed ahead of a triple point / convergence area. This storm did not last long as it continued north of I-80 and down-scaled / merged with a line of storms. The core of this storm was not penetrated, and a small wall cloud was observed with the storm at peak intensity. The core had golfball sized hail or larger. Strong inflow winds of 45 MPH and lightning was encountered east of this storm. Conditions causing this storm were surface heating, a low pressure area, frontal boundary / dryline interactions, and an upper trough. Documentation was digital stills and HD video. A 2016 Jeep Wrangler was used to chase the storm. A tornado watch was also valid for the area until 9 PM MDT.

2). May 17, 6:30 PM - Interception and penetration of an extremely severe and tornadic thunderstorm in Frontier County, Nebraska from near SR 18 and 23, near Curtis and Farnam, and northeastward across I-80 to near Gotenburg and Highway 47. The storm was a cyclic supercell storm. Mainly classic mode from near McCook to Farnam, and HP like afterwards. The storm was penetrated as it was between cycles near Curtis and hail up to 1" was encountered with heavy rains, frequent lightning with close hits, and 60 MPH winds. At least 3 tornadoes were encountered with this storm, two of which highly visible and below a supercell with an impressive structure. Powerful RFD was encountered near Farnam, with gusts near 75 MPH and hail up to 2" as the tornado became rain wrapped. Damage was observed east of Farnam with downed powerlines, trees down, and some damage to outbuildings. The storm continued northeast past I-80 and continued to produce tornadoes until 8:30 PM, but these were less visible, before evolving to a line segment over the Nebraska sand-hills. Conditions causing the storm were surface heating, a dryline, low pressure system, and upper trough. Documentation was digital stills and HD video. A 2016 Jeep Wrangler was used to chase the storm. A tornado watch was also valid for the area until 10 PM CDT.

Pictures For May 17, 2019 Are Below

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Above: his is an annotated visible satellite image at roughly 23z showing the storms and environment unfolding over SW Nebraska and NW Kansas on May 17, 2019. Note the main supercell of interest at the southern most area in the convective activity, which is also the same cyclic supercell that affected areas from McCook, Nebraska and northward on May 19.

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Above: This is an image showing the impressive supercell storm and hook echo on the base reflectivity as it was northeast of McCook, Nebraska and approaching Farnam on May 17. The inset is the Doppler Velocity. The radar site is from North Platte and may not reflect the low level details of the storm as the beam was transecting the storm at or above 10,000 feet MSL.

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Above: Ground circulation and dust / debris cloud confirms a tornado near Stockville and southwest of Farnam, Nebraska near 7 PM CDT on May 17.

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Above: Large multi-vortex and dusty tornado, confirmed by expansive dust under rapidly rotating wall cloud, to the southwest of Farnam, Nebraska at about 7:15 PM CDT on May 17.

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Above: Beautiful elephant trunk tornado as of 7:30 PM to the southwest of Farnam, Nebraska on May 17. Image is slightly enhanced to reveal the details.

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Above: Close up view of the elephant trunk / stovepipe tornado southwest of Farnam, Nebraska on May 17.

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Above: Hurricane Hunters WP-3 "Orion" aircraft circling overhead and east of the tornadic supercell on May 17 near Farnam. This is a research project known as TORUS (Targeted Observations by Radars and UAS of Supercells) going on in 2019.

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Above: This is a view looking east of Farnam, Nebraska with the tornado lifting to the left, and the road way up ahead blocked by powerlines. Note the powerful RFD clear slot and dust being kicked up below it! This was about 7:45 PM CDT on May 17.

Note: For DETAILS on this storm / setup as well as others in May 2019 … Please visit the link BELOW for more information!

http://www.sky-chaser.com/mwcl2019.htm#EXP19
 
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Started the day in Stuart, IA and left my hotel mid morning with a target of McCook, NE of all places. Stopped at the Lexington, NE exit off I80 to evaluate things. Decided to keep heading for McCook, but on the way there, storms started forming nearby. I knew wind shear was excellent thanks to the warm front nearby, but I questioned the quality of the thermos. This proved to be a wise thought, as I followed the storms for a bit, but eventually let them go as it was clear the low level instability was still lacking, as the storm bases seemed anemic and stable. At that time I noticed a beefy cell had initiated near Goodland, KS and the thermodynamic environment also looked better to my SW, so I again plotted a course for McCook. I finally arrived in McCook after negotiating two rather lengthy and annoying one lane road/pilot car road construction zones on US34. Things were really looking good at this point though, as the Goodland cell was slowly intensifying and heading my way. I stopped for gas and food in McCook, and then headed just a bit SW to get a view and let the storm come to me. The cell took a bit to really get it's act together, but eventually became a cyclic beast just west of town. Followed it till just before dark, and witnessed multiple tornadoes of different shapes and sizes. A great way to start an extended trip to the plains!!!








 
Jun 24, 2010
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After reluctantly throwing in the towel on my original target (Southwest Kansas) my chase partner Dakota Maynard and I decided to swing for the fences and head northwest towards Colby, KS.

We left late and we knew we wouldn't make it in time before initiation, but we wanted to catch whatever supercell that did form in its infancy. We did not count on there being road construction on I-70 west of WaKeeney which had reduced the interstate to one lane and slowing us down in the process. Our original plan was to get to Oakley and head north on US-83, but we were forced to take K-23 instead through Hoxie before jumping on US-83.

By the time we made it to McCook, NE the first tornado was already in progress.mccook copy.jpgmccook2 copy.jpg
From our angle the contrast was poor and I had a hard time seeing the debris cloud. After the McCook tornado roped out we headed east on US-34 towards Indianola and then north on a dirt road pretty much stair stepping the storm.

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It lasted a few minutes before dissipating.

A few minutes later our third tornado of the day the Farnam tornado touched down. I was able to get video of the early stage of the Farnam tornado before losing visual on it due to the hazy contrast and dust being whipped up by every other chaser on the dirt road we were on.

As we continued northward on the dirt road we were on I began to see the tornado again along with at least one other funnel cloud that spun up from the wall cloud. The tornado at this point was a dusty column with a funnel attached to it. As we got closer the funnel began to condense fully to the ground.farnam copy.jpgne art copy.jpg843.jpeg685.jpegIMG_20190517_191055934_wm.jpg
We tried to stay with the storm in hopes of catching the next tornado in Cozad, but our chase ultimately came to an end in Farnam when downed power lines prevented us from following the supercell any further.

This day goes down as my second best chase day behind Rozel. I chased Nebraska only one other time prior to this day which makes it even more special considering how restricted I am on chasing the Central and Northern Plains.

I do have video from this day on my YouTube channel if anyone wants to check it out.
 

Bill Hark

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I don't have much to add to Robert Balogh's report earlier in this thread. This was my first day out for the season, and I was still quite sick from a bad throat infection. I met up with Robert and John Mann were already in my target area of McCook, Nebraska after a long drive from Wichita. Instead of waiting in McCook for a storm to the south to reach us, we decided to drop south to intercept it near Oberlin and then Atwood. It started rotating very nicely, but was quickly moving north. Due to limited road options and concern that the storm would block a safe route northward, we decided to go east and then north rather than directly north on 117. We got a poor view of the tornado from south of McCook. By the time we crossed the town, it had dissipated. After having heard about serious road construction on 34 east of McCook, we initially gave up on the storm before attempting an intercept by going north on 83 and east on 23 through Curtis. I was a few miles east of Moorefield at 7:51 CDT when I got a glimpse of the Cozad tornado from a significant distance. The chase was over due to power lines blocking the road and I didn't want to attempt the detour on a muddy dirt road. Robert and John continued a bit farther to I-80. Congratulations to those who had good intercepts that day. I take the blame for the decisions that resulted in a less than optimal chase day though at the time, the reasoning was good and similar decisions on different chase days produced good results.

Low contrast distant view (video still) of the McCook tornado. I am south of McCook looking northwest across the town.

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Apr 3, 2010
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Debated the entire day before about whether or not to head up to north KS/ south NE. I was highly confident in tornadoes up there, but had concerns about it being a bit more messy and challenging. Down south, I was confident models were underdoing convection. There was a clear n-s oriented, sharp dryline with a fairly deep circulation and a slight bulge centered over the far northern OK panhandle into far southern KS. The environment would very clearly support isolated supercells and tornadoes if a storm could successfully sustain.

Sat most of the day in Beaver, OK watching towers struggle, until eventually one grew into a storm.

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The storm took on supercellular characteristics extremely quickly and a rotating wallcloud developed within a few minutes.

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We moved north to get a bit closer, and while positioning the funnel began to condense.

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We stopped to watch the show unfold. An amazing tornado ended up on the ground for a little under 20 minutes.

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These days, I usually attempt to play tornadoes much closer than this, but as the tornado slowly moved nne away from us, I saw the opportunity to get shots I have always wanted : a beautiful tornado with the full supercell updraft above it. I took the opportunity.

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The above shot is probably the best shot I have ever taken, no immediate obstructions or powerlines or anything of the sort, just an awesome storm and tornado.

After getting that shot, we planned to get closer but noticed that the tornado was about to rope out, so we stayed to watch.

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Afterwards, the tornado dissipated and we began to follow the storm to the north. Unfortunately, I was having extreme acid reflux issues and opted to bail and miss the subsequent tornadoes the storm produced. Oh well.
 
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I started the day in Trinidad, CO and had 3 targets (s Nebraska, sw Kansas, e Texas panhandle) within reach. I was particularly torn between the dryline in the Oklahoma panhandle into southwest Kansas, and east of the surface low in southern Nebraska. Because I was running a week long tour, I decided to go with the safest play and targeted the surface low. We arrived in Goodland around 2pm as turkey towers were developing along the dryline to our south. I positioned us near Bird City, KS and intercepted a developing supercell north of Atwood, KS. We witnessed the entire life cycle of the Culbertson/McCook tornado. After the first tornado, I navigated north on HWY 83 to Maywood, NE, then east on HWY 23 to near Farnam, NE. We were positioned in the inflow notch on the foward flank. We watched the large dusty bowl tornado southwest of Farnam from a distance of a few miles, but were able to get an unobstructed view of the third tornado from about a mile away.

After these two cycles I navigated us north on HWY 47 up to Gothenburg, then east to north of Cozad. The supercell produced 3 more tornadoes, a brief spinup 4 miles northeast of Farnam, a large dusty bowl tornado north of Cazad, and a final weak tornado east of Cozad. This would be my favorite/best chase of spring 2019. That evening we were treated to quite a lightning show in Kansas as we made our way to Dodge City for the night.

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Video still-dusty cone tornado-north of Cozad, NE 5.17.19