2019 Chase Season Epilogue: How was yours?

Aug 19, 2005
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From a tornado standpoint, just OK, blew a number of chances, missed the Tulia, Mangum, Luray and Okemah events by making bad decisions. Also just missed the Imperial structure, still stinging from that one. It would have been a below average year until I came out for the past week, really enjoyed the general lack of crowds and had one of my best structure days ever on the 21st in Colorado and western KS. Chased a total of 20 days.
 
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This year was better for me in terms of forecasting, targeting and execution but quality of tornadoes was subpar for me. Most of them were short lived, from a distance, or after dark. Like Tony said earlier, I don't really have that one tornado this year that makes my season (like Laramie last year which absolutely saved 2018 for me). Aside from quality issues, I did have what I'd consider a good season. My main chase vacation was 5/17-5/28 and I took my Mom along with me this year lol. It's always interesting telling family that you chase but always hard to explain what that entails, so she got to experience the whole grind this year with the forecasting, long drives, busts, and some successes.

Back in 2014 when I failed on the Pilger Day due to general apathy and giving up on the day too early, I've committed to sticking out a chase day until the very end. This resulted in 4 or 5 tornadoes this year that I would have otherwise missed because I would have already been driving to the hotel. On top of that, some of the more fun experiences occurred near sunset or just after. So, that's probably my big take away, that sticking to that mantra of not abandoning a chase until it's dark-dark can pay off.

As far as statistics go, I did chase on 6/22 so maybe my season isn't over yet?
Chase Days: 22
Tornadoes: 13
Tornado Days: 6 - 6/22 (1), 6/15 (2), 6/8 (3), 5/23 (4), 5/20 (2), 5/17 (1)
Miles: 13,487
 
Mar 30, 2008
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Missed the last week of April because I was in New York for work. Missed May 17 because I had to work. Got May 20th as a replacement for the 17th so that helped. Had an intense encounter with the Mangum tornado. Also had transportation issues that I finally resolved at the middle of May with a new vehicle. Got a decent tube in New Mexico near Clayton the 26th. Tried and failed to June this year. Ultimately better than 2018 but my second worst year since I started chasing, worse (by a smidge) than 2014.

Fun fact: Never made it into Kansas/Colordo/Missouri or north this year. Just Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

2019
Storm Chasing Days: 12
Tornado Days: 2
Tornadoes: 2
Photogenic Tornadoes: 2
Busts: 5
Largest Hail Encountered: 1
Highest Wind Gust: 60
Miles Driven: 5828
Windshields Replaced: 0
Spotter Network Reports: 5
Best Chase Day: 5/20
States: LA, OK, TX, NM
 

Jeff Duda

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I'm gonna argue that once the final numbers come in, May 2019 will turn out to be only a somewhat above average month for tornadoes. I think the huge counts that had been initially reported were severely inflated by multi-reporting (i.e., more than one spotter reporting the same tornado).

Take 17 May as an example: currently, the SPC site shows 39 filtered (53 unfiltered) tornado reports. But I could only find damage surveys for 16 tornadoes between LBF, GLD, & DDC (I checked ICT and AMA, but it doesn't appear any tornadoes entered their CWAs). I suspect this is fairly typical of bigger days on the Plains and thus represents a decent representative sample to go on. So that's a ratio of 41% (30%) for filtered (unfiltered) "efficiency" for reports-to-tornadoes. That 500+ tornado count in May could very well slip down towards 200 or even below after all the surveys are done given how many people reported on many of them. Average May tornadoes are ~130, with a max of 244 (this is only through 2010).

So I don't feel May 2019 was epically busy at all. What may have made it feel that way was that about 85% of the season was compressed into an 11-day stretch, which is an unsettling trend I have noticed over the past several years now.
Another indication of how shitty 2019 has been is in the discrepancy between tornado and hail reports so far...
Whereas tornadoes can occur from a variety of storm types (cellular and linear), hail, and especially significant hail, is much more common to supercells, and thus hail report activity can be a better indication of discrete supercellular activity than tornado counts.

So, yeah, tornado counts are plenty high...
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but hail reports are very low compared to "average":
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It would be more telling to examine a plot of accumulated sig hail reports, but SPC doesn't compute that. The data exist, however.
 
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This year has been amazing for me … I have not totaled up exact numbers yet as I hope for more later in the year. I got in the right spots at the right time most days but only really saw a lot of brief tornadoes other than the Lawrence EF-4. The last photo is more of a summary of the year thus far. One thing that really stood out this year was structure ... the mammatus photo is now a canvas on my wall.

Firsts: Louisiana Tornado and new earliest tornado 11:16 am
Chased: LA, TX, OK, CO, KS, MO, NE, IA

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I still loved 2019 because I got out again. No fully condensed tornados, no big deal. Not much lightning...bummer. Got some decent structure.

Despite it being a cold HP season, being able to get out and chase is worth it to me. I look forward to May and June every year because it offers a decompression distraction to normal day to day life and a sign (usually) of the end of a long winter.

So im happy just to get out. If you want to bitch about it, fine, but you may be looking at this whole hobby from the wrong perspective.
 
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I'm a college professor and my school goes very late, so usually I rush out in late May and chase whatever I can into June. This spring, though, I was on sabbatical, so I kept May totally flexible (except, of course, for an event in the middle of the month which meant I missed probably the most photogenic days). And that meant, for once, I was out in the peak season with everyone else. In general, this season was fine for me but it really was a grind, as everyone has been saying, with the haze and the early firing storms, and the grungy looking everything etc etc. And for me, as a photographer, I'm always looking for photogenic days and those were few and far between. Some days I didn't even get out the big camera. I was on probably a dozen tornado-warned storms on the trip, but only got one clearly visible tornado (landspout?) in IL on my way back east, and I was one of the only ones out in that area and got to call it in to the weather service and they even called me back to follow up a while later which was fun.
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I did get one storm in eastern KS on my way back east which I shared with only a handful of chasers, and I followed that from a small cloud to a massive tornado-warned supercell, and that's a process I really love That was probably my favorite day (even though I lost some good dashcam video of the storm due to a technical problem). The lightning by the end was amazing, but my chaser partner had to go home by then and I was by myself and lost a lot of good shots while positioning.

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And probably my favorite little storm was on our way back to the hotel one night in SE KS, and one little storm had like 10 lightning bolts. I set up my camera, and boom, it fired like two more and then died:
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So all in all, while I missed the well publicized big events. I did fine. I guess I'm always looking for another Rozel (my first big tornado), especially now that I have much better cameras and--most importantly--a lot more chasing experience.

My full writeup is here.

I'll be out on every NYC thunderstorm I can get to this summer, but I'm likely (sadly) done on the plains for the year. Looking forward to 2020!

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Was thinking about this on my drive home yesterday while keeping pace with a lone supercell along I-70 in Kansas. How does this year pan out for me? It's definitely not my worst, but it's no where near the best. What it lacks is that one day that makes a season, something I kinda live by in terms of what I think makes a good season. I have no one single tornado day I can point back to and be like, "yes, that was the day". But I kept my "seeing a tornado every year since 2003 streak alive", which is kinda cool. I do have two memorable tornadoes on the year.
Here's what that lone supercell almost produced near Ellsworth:

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JeremyS

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I'm not sure if my chase season is actually done yet as living in Omaha, I'm far enough north that I seem to be able to make it out a couple of times in July or August. That being said, I figured I would write up my summary.
Much like others have stated, it's been a pretty disappointing season(again). I feel like I haven't had a really good season since 2016. Funny thing is this year, I've seen tornadoes on more than 1/2 of my chases, but nothing that felt like it was a tornado that made my season. It was cool to have some firsts though this year.

I've chased 7x this year driving a total of 5,271 miles.
I've chased in TX, OK, CO, KS, NE, and IA.
Saw tornadoes on 5 of my 7 chases (counting 2 rain wrapped tornadoes).

On 5/6, I saw my first nighttime tornado near Lewis, KS. This was the storm Tony Laubach was also on. Definitely cool to see my first one at night, but would have loved to see it during the day. Here's my video I took:

On 5/7, "saw" the rain wrapped tornado near Tulia, TX. I guess, I'm never sure whether to count confirmed rain wrapped tornadoes when you don't technically see them.

On 5/17, I saw the McCook tornado. This was actually pretty cool as I was right there to see the huge RFD cut form followed by the tornado develop right as it crossed the highway to my west. This could have been an amazing chase except I couldn't really see the tornado clearly after it formed from my vantage point due to all the dust. Then after that, I made a bad navigational choice which caused me to miss the rest of the tornadoes that day being stuck behind the storms. Here's my video of the McCook tornado forming:

On 5/26, I had my first basically full chase in Colorado. I've been in the state briefly before, but that was chasing a storm that moved from the Nebraska panhandle into the northeast corner of Colorado. I saw a very brief tornado near Eads, CO, but didn't last long enough to get any pictures. Also, was the worst day of chaser convergence I've seen this year.

On 5/28, I chased the monster, rain wrapped wedge near Lawrence, KS, but missed the prettier tornadoes back to my west. Like Tulia, I was within several miles of this tornado, but don't believe I actually saw any part of the tornado back in the rain.

The first week in June, I was supposed to go out for a full week with my chase partner for an actual chase vacation. Unfortunately, this was right when the active pattern ended. I wanted to still go out and see what we could see for structure, etc., but couldn't get my chase partner to commit to marginal days so I ended up being home the entire week and didn't chase again until 6/20.

On 6/20, I chased close to home and finally a decent cell formed around 630-700p near Onawa. Made it there just in time to see it try to wrap up with a nice wall cloud and decent structure. It fell apart pretty shortly thereafter though.
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On 6/25, I chased in south central Nebraska and north central Kansas. A pretty impressive storm formed with up to baseball sized hail, but was rather HP. Stayed with the storm into northern Kansas before calling the chase. I was on my way home and stopped in Belleville, KS to get some lightning shots when the sun came out and formed a complete rainbow to go along with the lightning. I caught what might be one of my favorite all time non tornado pictures!
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JeremyS

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Wow. That is an awesome & beautiful shot!
Thanks! I'm a little annoyed that the picture caught the edge of my car door in the upper right hand corner. I was having to sit in my car with the window down because it was raining pretty good. Unfortunately, I couldn't crop out that part either, otherwise I would lose part of the rainbow, etc.
 

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Thanks! I'm a little annoyed that the picture caught the edge of my car door in the upper right hand corner. I was having to sit in my car with the window down because it was raining pretty good. Unfortunately, I couldn't crop out that part either, otherwise I would lose part of the rainbow, etc.
I didn’t even notice it until you said something....
 
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James K

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JeremyS said:
Good :) I'm sure I'm being a little too picky on my pictures like always!
I noticed that the one corner was cut off, but it was still such a cool pic that it really didn't ruin it or anything. The eyes are drawn to that rainbow & lightning interaction! Not the dark corner
 
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Living in the UK, my chasing of the central USA is always in the 'chasecation' - with fixed dates, booked months in advance. Almost always, that involves heading over for late May and early June - this year we landed in Denver on May 20th - to snow! Indeed, by the following morning there was 3 inches of fresh, if wet, snow! This is a first for a chasecation for us!

Anyway, I tried to summarise this year in a fairly simple, 'social-media friendly (!)', fashion. A few pics at the end, too.

Chasing 2019:
🚗 - miles driven, 5976 (all by me!)
💥 - highest temps 34C (93F)
❄- Lowest temp - around 1C (34F)
❄❄- days of snow - 2, which included 3 inches of fresh snow at Denver after our first night
⚡ - Days of lightning - 14 out of a possible 18 (1 being the first evening, 1 being the 2nd day (positioning), one being 29th May (positioning day) and 1 being our return day (6th June) - otherwise we saw lightning on every chase day, and also on our Rocky Mountains day!
⚡⚡ - Days with supercells - 11, plus 1 marginal - thus, out of 14 lightning days, 11 provided us with supercells - I think this is, by far, the highest number of days with supercells of any of the 19 storm chasing trips I've been on
🇺🇸 - 5 states (TX, OK, NM, KS, CO)
🍔🍟 - lots
🌪 - 1 roping out tornado - 1 or 2 'possibles' but likely not...we were in quite a few tornado warnings, though - but that doesn't count for much other than good positioning!

Overall, it was a very busy year of chasing - from the 22nd-28th inclusive, we chased every day - the 27th was a bust (but we still saw lightning) - all the other days in this 7 day spell produced supercells which we intercepted.

Then, we chased 29th May - 4th June inclusive, athough the 4th was called off halfway through - the other days all produced supercells.
Given this, and the long period of strong south-westerly flow, quite a few days were rather frustrating chase days, with lots of low cloud/haze, and also something of a lack of an EML, which allowed storms to kick off quite early. Had the trough been a little more to the NW, with the SW'erly flow somewhat broader, a multi-day, highly visible supercell spell would have been likely.

Of course, it was still a dangerous, deadly, and damaging period for many residents - and so this all pales somewhat compared to that.

A few pics:

Supercell near Orlando, OK, May 22:



Supercell near Clayton, NM, May 26:



Supercell looming over Fort Stockton, TX, June 1:



And finally, a scenic view in the Rockies, on the Ute Pass, June 5th - perhaps the best landscape pic I've taken!:

 
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The worst season so far.

4 days in chase, 3000+ miles and less than 20 photos i made.
4 dig through rain tornadoes, zero structure.

But for me season is not over yet. Last year my best chase was on 7/19 in moody Iowa.
 
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It’s interesting how subjective everyone’s impressions of the season are. Of course the level of success/failure, or timing of chase trips, etc., is a highly individual assessment and certainly fair. But looking for reasons the season itself was not up to par is, I think, a little unfair. It’s human nature to make comparisons to other, better seasons, or to look for ways 2019 underperformed. But it’s also human tendency toward nostalgia to always think the past was somehow better. I’m not saying 2019 was the best, and I personally don’t have much to show for it. But as a chase vacationer I really couldn’t ask for much more than the six consecutive chase days we had from 5/23-5/28. And we couldn’t even start until 5/23, obviously we had already missed a couple of good days before then. Sure, some of those days underperformed, and I could have done without the four down days that followed, but every year has that. I remember people complaining even about 2013, and that was the most solid two week chase vacation ever, despite my own comedy of errors that year. That year the issue was that everything was concentrated within two weeks, but I don’t ever remember a year when the entire month of May was active, in my recollection there are always active and inactive weeks. May 2019 seemed to have activity spread throughout, with good days on May 7, May 17, and May 20 before the great stretch from the 23rd-28th. Believe me, I understand the shortcomings, especially relative to the hype, but I just don’t see that as being different than any other year. Just one great day can make a season, and this year had several (17th, 20th, 23rd). I think it’s just important for a season to be evaluated separately from personal success or lack thereof.
 
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Thanks! I'm a little annoyed that the picture caught the edge of my car door in the upper right hand corner. I was having to sit in my car with the window down because it was raining pretty good. Unfortunately, I couldn't crop out that part either, otherwise I would lose part of the rainbow, etc.
i don't really find that distracting to the image.
Same as others, i had to go back and look to see the door frame.
Was focused on the rainbow.
 
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For me personally, it was a good year, as far as tornadoes/chase ratio. My opportunities to get out were (as always) very limited. Unless we have a repeat of 2015, I'm always going to miss out on a bulk of setups, especially the midweek ones.

That said, May 17 was my best single day in years. Wasn't able to make either the Nebraska target or the Fort Stockton target, so I gambled on something going up in the OK panhandle and the gamble paid off. Even then, because I had arrived back at home base late in the morning from my regular job, I was almost late for the first tornado near Forgan. It was pretty obvious as I raced across US-64 that it was beginning to get its act together, and I was still probably 10-12 miles away when it dropped its first tornado of the day. Luckily for me, I had just upgraded my camera equipment with not only a newer body but a much better lens capable of way more zoom than what I'd had. So I was able to pull off and get some pictures of a classic, "Wizard of Oz" type tornado that I've been after for years, as I greatly prefer that to the dust column that everyone seems to brag about bagging in Colorado. 18982

Stayed with that storm all the way up through Minneola, and it ended up being my best chase day since March 15, 2016. Storms were way better this day, but the challenge of the 2016 chase still leaves a bit more satisfaction.

I also chased the next day, but no tornadoes to show for it. That said, I did meet several in the field that day which presented its own enjoyment.

Most years though, I've traditionally done very well in secondary season. There are several years, in fact, where my only tornadoes of the year are in the off peak (ie, not in April-June) season. So I would not be surprised at all if I end up tallying some more tornadoes before 2019 is done. And after several years and who knows how many miles logged, Kansas finally gave up the goods for me. I've never had good luck there, and almost never can make it up there for the "good" days, but May 17 worked out in my favor.

Reading through this thread, there seems to be a lot of complaints, either about lack of photogenic storms, or by the difficulty of forecasts. As someone who's been around for quite a while, and has seen a lot of ebbs and flows (and in fairness, for whom selling footage/stills is not a priority), I really didn't have complaints. Was there much room for error? No, but there was a far narrower margin for error when I started back in 2006, especially not having any form of mobile data, and having radio communications limited to a 2m handheld ham radio (those from Kansas know that a large chunk of the repeaters in KS are 70cm).

For me, my only complaint was that I couldn't get out more, but that is going to be my issue every year since I'm not willing to give up stability in the rest of my life just to be able to take off work to "chase everything." Given the times I've been out, I think I did very well, and nailed my forecasts when I was out.
 
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I always speak fondly of June, but I just realized that I did not see a tornado in the month of June (this year) for the first time that I started actively storm chasing in 2014. It's not like I wasn't chasing in June, as I went 0 for 14. I can't even think of many chases that I came close to chasing a tornado in that span either.

It's the first year since 2014 that I did not chase in North Dakota. It's also been the first year, period, with no chases in the GLD or OAX county warning areas, with the latter featuring one of my best chase-to-tornado ratios. I did not chase once in Iowa this year, which is also a first. (tough to say if that's a bad thing or a good thing)
 
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My season sucked from most possible points of views. I saw two tornadoes, one was close but extremely weak and the other was really nice but I was 4-6 miles from it its entire life. Had a handful of other fun chases like all seasons and got some relatively big hail (maxed at tennis balls this year) and some awesome structure.

The big thing for me this year was that I sat out a lot of days, including very local ones. I base out of Norman and I sat out most bigger regional days, including 5/20 and 5/22.

I didn’t sit out those days because my passion for weather is waning, I sat them out because it is shifting. I am becoming increasingly interested in the science of meteorology and learning about it, slightly less interested in always having to experience it, and my goals with weather currently involve speeding up the progress towards my degree and chasing a little bit less.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being out there and always will. This season, I just learned that I’m OK not being out for everything 😊.

Below are a couple of my highlight shots from this season:

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It’s interesting how subjective everyone’s impressions of the season are. Of course the level of success/failure, or timing of chase trips, etc., is a highly individual assessment and certainly fair. But looking for reasons the season itself was not up to par is, I think, a little unfair. It’s human nature to make comparisons to other, better seasons, or to look for ways 2019 underperformed. But it’s also human tendency toward nostalgia to always think the past was somehow better. I’m not saying 2019 was the best, and I personally don’t have much to show for it. But as a chase vacationer I really couldn’t ask for much more than the six consecutive chase days we had from 5/23-5/28. And we couldn’t even start until 5/23, obviously we had already missed a couple of good days before then. Sure, some of those days underperformed, and I could have done without the four down days that followed, but every year has that. I remember people complaining even about 2013, and that was the most solid two week chase vacation ever, despite my own comedy of errors that year. That year the issue was that everything was concentrated within two weeks, but I don’t ever remember a year when the entire month of May was active, in my recollection there are always active and inactive weeks. May 2019 seemed to have activity spread throughout, with good days on May 7, May 17, and May 20 before the great stretch from the 23rd-28th. Believe me, I understand the shortcomings, especially relative to the hype, but I just don’t see that as being different than any other year. Just one great day can make a season, and this year had several (17th, 20th, 23rd). I think it’s just important for a season to be evaluated separately from personal success or lack thereof.
The gap in quality between seasons, both from an objective and person-to-person standpoint, is a topic I've been fascinated by for awhile. My feeling is that generally, the gap in "objective quality" (if such a thing exists) between the best seasons and worst seasons is greater than a lot of people give it credit for. For example, for someone chasing 20 randomly chosen days (that offer realistic chase potential) and scoring at the median success rate among all serious chasers, the difference in the quality of experience between 1991/2004/2010 vs. 2006/2018 seems like it would be massive -- massive enough to fundamentally change your view on whether this hobby is worthwhile, for example. So when some people talk like it's all a wash and "it only takes one day," I generally disagree with that mindset.

Be that as it may, I've also realized with time that personal experience can really cloud your judgment of seasons you've chased. I think this year is hammering that home for me. This year went terribly for me -- from the perspective of someone who lives in the Plains, chases a lot, invests a lot into it, and generally arranges significant portions of my life around chasing expecting a big return -- and yet it was clearly a year where the core of the season was more active than average. My subjective impressions of many (though not all) events this year I either couldn't chase or busted on were that they were tainted by HP character, visibility issues, "flukiness" (not an obvious forecast), etc. Realistically, I know I'm probably judging them more harshly than I would've if I'd scored those events, though. I really see this as a close cousin to 2015, another active but wet/HP leaning year that I personally did better in. Was 2019 better overall? Probably so. The clearest difference is that 2019 was very compressed into a few active periods in May, whereas 2015's good days were spread more evenly from mid April to early June (a scenario that would've benefited me greatly this year, since May is when I have restrictions). In 2016, the entire season was compressed into a 2-3 week period in May -- but I could chase everything then and scored most of the good events, so I viewed that season as above average even in a big picture/third person sense. Now, it's easy for me to see how 2019 was in many respects better than 2016 due to a much larger quantity of decent-or-better Plains tornado days (I'm not sure we saw a specific storm that quite matched DDC or Chapman this year, but hey, maybe even that is a product of my personal bias).

I'll say that the overwhelmingly negative responses in this thread surprised me a little bit at first. It was a horrible year for me, relative to my circumstances and level of investment, but I didn't realize it went this badly for quite such a large percentage of serious chasers. Based on that, I feel like dinging 2019's overall grade based on subjective elements of exceptional difficulty and messiness is probably justified. I'd be very curious to hear whether any veterans would put this year's subjective quality on the same level as a legendary season like 2004 or 2010. I only chased the latter, but from what I understand of both they were a whole lot less messy with easier forecasts, more targetable big days, and more photogenic activity spread more widely in space and time. All that despite 2019's raw numbers suggesting it was similar or superior to 2004/2010 in terms of tornadoes and even tornado days, especially in May. Perhaps it's best summarized this way: an active pattern with numerous tornado days is a critical and necessary, but not always sufficient, ingredient for producing a top-tier chase season.
 
Brett Roberts said:

"I've also realized with time that personal experience can really cloud your judgment of seasons you've chased. I think this year is hammering that home for me. "

and "I'd be very curious to hear whether any veterans would put this year's subjective quality on the same level as a legendary season like 2004 or 2010. "

I don't know that I qualify for the rather subjective concept of "verteran" but I did chase 14 days in 2010 and, from the subjective quality standpoint of my personal experience, I would rate 2019 above 2010. I had one really good day in 2010 in which I saw three tornadoes, but the rest of that season I saw some good structure but no tornadoes. Compared to 2019 in which, due to a complicated array of personal commitments, I only was able to chase 3 days but 2 of them gave me photogenic tornadoes. Most of the difference comes down to when and where I could chase, as I was limited in 2010 from early April to mid-May to chasing in places within a day's drive of St. Louis. From late May to mid-June I was able to chase on the high Plains and saw some nice storms, but no tornadoes. In contrast, this year my 3 chase days included two very good days, May 17 and 26, and my forecasts and luck were both pretty good. But it did come down to that - a few mistakes like I have made in years past, and this might have been a lousy season. Avoid those mistakes, and it is a good season. Probably didn't hurt that I had very low expectations because I knew I would not be able to chase much during the prime of this season, so exceeding those expectations made it seem better. All of this, I think, is part of the subjectivity we are talking about.