Biggest dissapointment in 2004?

Chris Frost

What was your biggest dissapointment this year? For me it would have to be 12 June when I totally disregarded everything but my young weather instincts and went the completely wrong way. Finally got a tor-warned storm near Concordia Ks. Had nice inflow and precip wall. But if you know anything about Kansas, Concordia is quite a bit of difference from Mulvane/Wichita. At least 150 mile difference
 
Missed the best tornado of 12 June. I followed some crappy crap convection near McPhearson until I was out of cell access and thus data. If I gave up on it 30 minutes earlier and stayed near I35, I would of seen the better looking cell developing down near Wichita. Instead, I hauled butt after my friend called me up and asked where I was. We ended up punching the storm through the eastern loop of interstates near Wichita and got the Rock, KS tornado.

Aaron
 
Of events I couldn't chase - March 27 (had to work) and May 12 (car's alternator went out). What made missing May 12 really frustrating was that I had targeted Medicine Lodge but had absolutely no way to get there.

Of events I did chase - May 24. Drove up all the way to the Topeka area to see nothing while several tornadoes occurred much closer to home in SW OK.
 
Where to start. I think being late to June 11 in IA sort of sucked the most as I missed the coolest tornado by doing so. June 10 in sw NE and May 29 nc KS close 2nds.
 
May 24 - Vowed not to repeat my screw-up from May 22 and miss TWO major outbreaks in three days. Took a chance on the WF and played well east of the dryline. First storm of the day went up just south of us, and we were all over it in no time. Problem was, it didn't really get its act together west of the Mississippi, and our roads weren't letting us get across the river to follow it. By the time we decided to abandon it and head west to play the dryline, the big tornadofest in southern Nebraska was already underway. We missed everything except one last tornado in northern Kansas just after we got on the storm. I missed my second outbreak in three days, but both days we at least came home with a tornado.
 
I hate to say this, but my biggest disappointment in 2004 came earlier today. I've actually had people post to critique the presentation of my website regarding the sale of my DVD, on another wx forum. I was told my colors were too bright and hurt their eyes, that it wasn't professional, that if I wanted to be taken seriously, I should completely redo my website. I say "see a fucking doctor if it hurts your eyes." Also, the same fuckballs couldn't get past the buzz words PASSION, LOVE, and DEEP BLUE, all of which appear on my video page. Passion is in the website title, Love is the DVD title, and Deep Blue is a sponser. All it takes is a few seconds of clicking around to figure out that the site is a CHASER site, not a PORN site. Too many lazy fucking people out there.

I think I know what forum you are talking about :wink:

I have only been a member for a couple of days, but I can sense some cockiness...

Anyway, who cares what they think about YOUR site? It's YOUR site, not theirs, and if they don't like it, too bad for them... A personal website is an expression of ones self, not what others want them to be...
 
LOL, I'd have to say May 29th was the biggest disappointment for me. You know you're having one heck of a year when you see a nice anticyclonic tornado and a beast of an HP supercell, and you consider that a disappointment. The rest of the big chase days (5-12, 5-22, 6-12, etc) all ended up pretty darn well for me. That said, 3-27 could have been a little better for me, and I missed 5-24 due to prior commitments.
 
LOL, I'd have to say May 29th was the biggest disappointment for me. You know you're having one heck of a year when you see a nice anticyclonic tornado and a beast of an HP supercell, and you consider that a disappointment.

Ditto. That has to be my biggest disappointment as well, we are getting greedy! 8)
 
Had to be May 12th. I decided to stay with the NW storms and all heck was breaking loose around Medicine Lodge, Anthony, etc. But that's what I love about chasing, strategy.
 
Bust

May 22, 2004 was the worst chase of my life. I left Norman around 4:30am and drove to York, Nebraska. While checking data at a truck stop in York I ran into good friends Scott Blair, and Jason Politte. It was great seeing old friends, but I neglected my target Kearney, NE. Long story short, I stayed in York way to long and missed the Alma, NE tornadoes by 10 minutes. I then spent the next 6 hours being out of position, fighting HP beasts, and just knowing that I was missing a major tornado outbreak. To top off a major bust I had to be back in Norman by noon on the 23rd. I drove back all night taking 1-2 hour naps when I got tired, and made it home at 10am. Of course after a 30-hour 1130-mile bust I swore that chasing was stupid, and that I would never chase again. 19 hours later I left Norman with Eric Nguyen and had a double-digit tornado day in Southern Nebraska.

Storm Chasing, what an odd hobby it is.

Scott Currens

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For me, taking care of dad, does not allow me to chase far from home.
Being in West Michigan does not help either.

Mike
 
My biggest disappointment was on May 12. I was on the Harper County storm and it was a great day except for my world class screw up. On the second tornado that hit Attica I had been getting video parked about 200 yards North of it while it developed and sat stationary over a field. Once it started to get stronger I decided it was time to move a little to the East so I had a way to get out when it started moving. I parked on the side of the highway and balanced my camera on the spare tire of my jeep to make sure I got a steady shot. The tornado got strong very quickly and I watched through my camera as it moved across the highway and hit a house. This went on for several minutes before I realized I had forgotten to hit the record button. On the video that was on CNN that showed the house getting lifted off the foundation you could see me parked right in front of the guy before he zooms in. I still get upset when I think about it.
 
My biggest disappointment was form May 18-21. We went out at the wrong time. We got stuck in fog and low clouds almost everyday. We did not even see a severe storm. To make matters worse, my sister's birthday was on May 22, 2004. We drove from eastern Iowa all of the way to Leadville CO. (927 miles) in one day to make it home for my sister's birthday. We missed all of those tornadoes by one day. Also, (as if it could not get any worse) I had a ton of work to make up for school. It was terrible. :(
 
The tornado got strong very quickly and I watched through my camera as it moved across the highway and hit a house. This went on for several minutes before I realized I had forgotten to hit the record button. On the video that was on CNN that showed the house getting lifted off the foundation you could see me parked right in front of the guy before he zooms in. I still get upset when I think about it.

DAMN!!! Man. I'd have to be admitted to a mental hospital as I'd NEVER let it go. I'd be grocery shopping and remember it and just take out whole isles for no "apparent" reason. Sitting at a stop light next to a cop and have it cross my mind again and have to tear off at 100mph in utter frustration...even years later. My best video is probably Hannibal MO last year and I pulled over for like 10 seconds before thinking to drive and get up closer. I could of been amazingly close as it crosses the highway and done so rather safely, but I stopped for that short amount of time. I still get close but I can't even enjoy it as I just kick myself every single time I watch it. Yeah, it's safe to say I'd rather die then have that happen. I am sorry for you. I know my comments aren't helping.
 
May 24 - Vowed not to repeat my screw-up from May 22 and miss TWO major outbreaks in three days. Took a chance on the WF and played well east of the dryline. First storm of the day went up just south of us, and we were all over it in no time. Problem was, it didn't really get its act together west of the Mississippi, and our roads weren't letting us get across the river to follow it. By the time we decided to abandon it and head west to play the dryline, the big tornadofest in southern Nebraska was already underway. We missed everything except one last tornado in northern Kansas just after we got on the storm. I missed my second outbreak in three days, but both days we at least came home with a tornado.
 
This went on for several minutes before I realized I had forgotten to hit the record button.
I had this happen to me in Harper Co. on May 29th. I did get the still photo's below. At one point I was with a few 100 yards. That really sucked at the point I saw my camera on stand by. I had been trying to save some tape because I had not brought enough and was not expecting to tape that much. I went out a bought a case of tapes and vowed never to stop recording during and event after that.
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Thanks for the condolence. It was a truly awful experience that I wouldn't wish on anybody. I at least have a tape of the CNN footage so I can show my friends what I saw. I just still can't believe the time that I forget to hit the damn record button is when a house lifts up off the foundation right in front of me. I always look at the screen on the camera now to make sure I am recording and I will never make that mistake again.
 
June 12 definitely. As I neared Wichita I went after a cell to the north instead of continuing south. I didn't feel terribly bad about it until I saw Eric Nguyen's pics of the south storm. :cry: I had to learn the hard way -"unless there's overwhelming evidence do not leave your original target". At least I wasn't the only chaser who made that mistake as I ran into a few other chasers on the north storm also.
 
My biggest disapointment for 2004 probably would be just the lack of chases I have been on this year. Sure I've seen a nice funnel, but didn't get the chance to get it on film because SOMEONE forgot to bring the camcorder LOL. Sure I've seen a rare classic Ontario supercell and rotating wall cloud. But that isn't enough! Yes, we must be getting greedy :lol: . Well, I do wish I had more chase opportunities this year... only been out 3 times in total this season... normally I get about 5 in. Keep in mind, this is Ontario I am talking about :banghead: The season did show a promising start in May, with several tornado warnings for my area. But it just grew quiet after that. Ah well, like I always say "There's always next year!".
 
I chased with Jeff Snyder for most of this year, so like him, my biggest disappointment was not chasing my original target area of SC KS on May 29th. The only reason I did this was because I thought that large/violent tornadoes were possible (if not likely) across the entire dryline (similar to 5/4/03, which ended up being a fantastic chase day for me).

Lesson learned: Make a specific chase target, even on super hype high risk days. Don't get lazy in forecasting...stick to your guns. The payoff on days like May 29th are huge, so you want to make sure you are on the best tornadoes of the day.

Gabe
 
not following the june 13th supercell, which moved across michigan. 4 miles farther. If i would have, i would have seen a 200 yard wide F-1 tornado in a open area, those things are pretty rare to see in michigan.

I was so close and yet so far away. Never again will i break off a chase because of the lakeshore factor, which is if the storms in within 5 miles of lake huron to either give up on it or sit and watch, since getting any closer to the shoreline will start getting you into trouble with more trees/buildings and less roads.

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
 
Well, disappointments just kept getting trumped in the first year I actually had the time and resources to chase the plains.

May 19th was our first day out and was an awful stratus/cap bust in what was forecast to be an unbelievable setup in E Nebraska, W Iowa. We even ended up at the same Comfort Inn in Des Moines that night. At least that place was true to its name (comfortable).

May 21st, we bit on the northern of two cells near Norfolk, NE and missed the Hadar tornado. The most amazing lightning show of my life ensued and that storm still produced a beautiful rotating wall, but to sit in Norfolk for 8 hours and then miss the tornado 6 miles away was annoying. Having chased Indiana/Illinois for 4 years, I was still in my urgent mode of feeling like I had to satisfy this lifelong dream on this trip or I might never get the chance again (some of you know what I'm talking about, I'm sure).

May 22nd, we jumped the gun and headed up towards the Platte River before hearing of the new development that eventually produced the Hallam wedge. We did get video of the Hallam wedge, even though we didn't know it until later that evening, and experienced some of the most amazing inflow ever, but I just kept thinking, "if only we had waited another half hour in Lincoln."

May 24th, however, was the greatest day of my entire life and made up for every chase disappointment I've ever had. 'nuff said.
 
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