Most Unexpected Successful Chases

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April 30, 2012 near Medford, OK. My only real 0% tornado day but they put a 2 or 5 later in the day. Most were in the 5% tornado risk in the Texas Panhandle after a good day the night before near Lubbock. I texted my boss at 10pm in Lubbock the night previous and asked him if I could take the day off Monday the 30th, and he said nope, so I drove home. Turned out to be a good thing, as I noticed the outflow boundary/effective warm front from the flooding rains the night before in Northern Oklahoma and went up after work.
 
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June 23, 2018 near Mitchell, SD. My family was on a trip out the Black Hills and we camped at the KOA in Mitchell. There was a 2% risk out, and some typical summer thunderheads along I-90. I didn't feel any need to pay any additional attention to the weather, such as peeking at radar. As we're setting up the tent at the campground, there in the distance was a wall cloud and a funnel was coming down. It was a ridiculous set of circumstances... looking in the right direction though a narrow treeless view at the right moment. To top it off I think it was the only 2018 tornado I had.

You can see a little nub just to the left of the pole and under the cloud base.
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I grabbed the good camera and got this with the 200mm zoom, cropped and contrast enhanced.
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I believe the official report put the tornado about 13 miles away.
 

S Klein

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Jan 11, 2020
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I'd say the March 29th, 2019 Falcon, Colorado tornado. Dews were <40, temps were in the 40s, and there was snow on the rear flank!
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I saw a cell developing from home to the North, and followed it North-Then East.
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I decided to fill the gas tank just in case I went decently far, I just wanted to take pictures of such a beautiful storm. I picked up a friend just outside of town, and we started heading East. Finally it started to pour blinding rain and small hail, so we decided to go back towards the West. While driving West I noticed a brief funnel outside of my window, so we pulled over on street that went North to get off of the highway and got to see a couple more funnels.
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The one you can see in the background eventually touched down.
And it was the only tornado in the country that day!
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Alvaro ivan

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Jun 8, 2018
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At September 4th and 6th 2020 would be a unexpected chsse since i captured storms on 2 different day while september 5th was bust. At September 4th 2020, i captured some storms with possible wall clouds. 20200904_183506_mfnr.jpg it attempted to produce tornado but failed, but atleast i captured some nice storms. September 5th was a bust, few storms did formed but dissipated quickly. But then at September 6th 2020 was another successful day since i captured a nice storms with some possible funnels or maybe tornadoes but it's hard to tell since it's little bit far away. 20200906_182956_mfnr.jpg The storm also took some supercell characteristic in visual since i did not use radar at the time i took photos 20200906_182830_mfnr.jpg I think this is funnel cloud or wall cloud or even tornado since it was hard to tell, i take the photo of the lowering took a cone shape and i think it's rotating. The storm also had nice clear slot 20200906_183836_mfnr.jpg It was the best storm chase day and i captured a lot of images of the storm. But yeah i forgot this one : 20200906_182250.jpg This feature looks like a funnel but i can't say for sure, but i'm 90% sure that this is tornado or funnel cloud or even suspicious lowering and 10% cloud structure. Could this feature a tornado or funnel cloud or even a scud cloud.
 

Alvaro ivan

Enthusiast
Jun 8, 2018
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Denpasar bali
At September 4th and 6th 2020 would be a unexpected chsse since i captured storms on 2 different day while september 5th was bust. At September 4th 2020, i captured some storms with possible wall clouds. View attachment 20897 it attempted to produce tornado but failed, but atleast i captured some nice storms. September 5th was a bust, few storms did formed but dissipated quickly. But then at September 6th 2020 was another successful day since i captured a nice storms with some possible funnels or maybe tornadoes but it's hard to tell since it's little bit far away. View attachment 20898 The storm also took some supercell characteristic in visual since i did not use radar at the time i took photos View attachment 20899 I think this is funnel cloud or wall cloud or even tornado since it was hard to tell, i take the photo of the lowering took a cone shape and i think it's rotating. The storm also had nice clear slot View attachment 20900 It was the best storm chase day and i captured a lot of images of the storm. But yeah i forgot this one : View attachment 20901 This feature looks like a funnel but i can't say for sure, but i'm 90% sure that this is tornado or funnel cloud or even suspicious lowering and 10% cloud structure. Could this feature a tornado or funnel cloud or even a scud cloud.
Oh i forgot this one, this one looks convincing to me since it looks like a wedge tornado but i cannot say for sure yet since i was too far away. 20200906_183940_mfnr.jpg