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"High Risk" Archive has returned...

Phase 1 of restoration of the "High Risk Archive" is complete. :) For severe weather enthusiasts and archivist.

For the past year I have been working on the reconstruction of Andy Wehrle's "High Risk Archive" site. It has taken months to pull all of the information/data together.

In addition to reconstructing his site I have added thousands of NCEP, HPC, SPC, Historic Weather Maps, Newspaper, YouTube, and other data to the site. This is phase 1 of the project.

You will also find educational tutorials on severe weather events on the new web-site. Please click on the "events" tab to view the educational pages.

Some data is missing. If a link is missing or the data is no longer available then I have placed the word "missing" next to the old link. Some of the links will take you to the WayBack Machine.

If you are aware of new web-pages (some chasers have moved their web-sites) then please let me know and I will correct the link. I have recovered as much data as possible.

The site URL:

Once you arrive onto the web-site you can view the "high risk" archive by clicking on the "events" or "links" tabs located on the left side of the page.

This is a work in progress. Please notify me of:

1. Additional data that I can add to a particular event
2. Corrections/errors (spelling and otherwise)
3. If the html programming has errors or problems with screen size.

I have done my best to make this site work in both Mozilla/Firefox and Internet Explorer under "normal" screen resolutions.

Still to come...

High risk events from 2007-2008.
Educational PowerPoint presentations.
Interactive pages that will allow registered users to add additional links and information.
Additional hyperlinks to "key words" on each page. This will take some time.

This is a list of recent additions to the site:

July 27, 2008:

Added 3 newspaper articles for the November 16, 1989 outbreak. Working on additional articles.

July 25, 2008:

Added July 22, 2008, bird migration from KPAH Radar.

Added numerous videos for the remainder of the high risk events. I am now finished with the first attempt at locating tornado videos from 1999-2005. I need to continue searching even further back (also need to check other sites).

July 24, 2008:

Added numerous videos through 1999.

Added 36 videos of different high risk event tornadoes. Working through the 1980-1995 events. Slowly adding videos as I find them.
I have corrected the HTML issues. It took awhile but I finally figured out where the error was.

Added 600 images and links from the Storm Prediction Center. The information will include all high risk events from the year 2000 through 2005. Included in the information are regional observation loops, Skew-T/Log-P plots, 12 UTC Observed Soundings, 00 UTC Observed Soundings, upper air analysis, surface/radar/satellite data, also added additional links to day 1 outlooks and meso-scale discussions.

The following dates need to be added to the database:

2005: June 4, November 15th.
2006: March 12, April 6, April 7th.
2007: March 1, April 13, April 24, May 5, June 7th.
2008: February 5, March 15, May 22, May 29th.
I will add them in the coming weeks.

I have added additional Wikipedia information/links. These links will take you to outbreak reviews. I am also looking for YouTube (or other sites) video of high risk tornado events.

July 23, 2008:

Added historical weather maps to each date.

Having some formatting problems with the page size. Some browsers are not properly showing the size of the tables. Working on the issue.

I have completed every year from 1990 through 2005. There should not be any missing "dates" but could be some missing data. Still pulling it together.

Corrected several hundred link errors or missing map links. I will have to search for the maps to see if they are available from other sources. Some maps are simply n/a from the NCEP or other government databases.

July 22, 2008:

Added Wikipedia articles to each outbreak event. Will continue to search for additional articles from other news sources.

Added a FAQ section to the site.

I need to go through all of the map pages. There are a number of missing images or broken links. The majority of the links are working, but there are some problems with certain years. It will take some time to go through them. I will have to reload what is available and check against what I have posted onto the site. There are several thousand links to check.

July 21, 2008:

Rewrote the HTML for the entire site.

July 14, 2008:

Added 700 maps for 2002-2004.

Finished round one of adding maps.

There are numerous map links that have maps "missing". I need to either replace the link with a valid image or unlink it and show a n/a text. I may have to go online and find some different sources for archived weather maps. Some maps are simply missing from NCEP.

I am also looking into adding satellite images. At some point, over the next month or two, I am going to add area forecast discussions and additional text data.

July 13, 2008:

Added over a thousand of NCEP maps for 1999-2002.

July 12, 2008:

Added forty-five maps for January 20, 1999.

Added approximately 900 weather maps to the 1999 archive.

July 11, 2008:

Added sixty weather maps for May 29-June 01 of 1998.

Added sixty weather maps for June 13-15 of 1998.

July 10, 2008:

Added Wisconsin bow echo event.

Added examples of radar ducting.

July 9, 2008:

Added sixty weather maps for April 15-17th of 1998.

July 8, 2008:

Added overshooting top satellite photo examples to events.

July 6, 2008:

Added sixty weather maps for April 7th-9th of 1998.

Added sixty weather maps for April 14-16th of 1998.

July 5, 2008:

Changed the 2003 page and took away all the 2004 events. The 2004 events are now on the 2004-2006 events page.

There are a number of missing events that still need to be added. I also believe there could be some 2000-2001 events missing. I am still researching that subject.

I have numerous weather maps to add to the archive. Each day has approximately 20 maps available. I am adding the day before and the day after to each event. This will total 60 weather maps per high risk day. This means there are over a thousand weather maps to add. It will take some time.

I am also looking into satellite data for each event.

I am also working on changing the original lay-out of the early high risk pages. I am still not certain how I am going to re-design this. Most likely something a bit more organized. Some of the pages are fairly lengthy. I have tried to condense some of the information onto other pages (not having the radar data on the main page and moving those links to a stand alone page).

July 1, 2008:

Added several hundred radar images

June 15, 2008:

Started adding weather maps for each outbreak.

June 10, 2008:

I am starting to add "severe weather illustrations" to the events page. Over time I would like to have illustrations of radar, satellite, and weather data to compare with an actual storm event. This section of the web-site is meant to be educational. Additional suggestions or comments/corrections are always welcome.

March/April 2008:

Registered the web site to host the high risk archive. I first started gathering the data about a year ago. I have finally found enough to time to move forward on the project.

March/April 2007:

Starting working on the idea of reconstructing the high risk web site that Andy Wehrle put together and hosted. Worked on adding additional links and gathering information on high risk days.

You may visit the "news" section for this information.

Beau Dodson
Unsure on what the error is, but some people are using old versions of firefox and seeing this

I am not sure how to repair that particular problem. It could be an older version of fox that is the issue. Several people with the latest version of Firefox are not having problems.

I am using both IE and Firefox and have no issues.
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Wow, Beau! Thanks for doing this! Andy's site was one that many of us have wondered about since it's web-death a couple of years ago; so glad to see that it is back.
Just a heads up, you'll want to remove my name from all the chaser reports links because my former website no longer exists.

Did you lose all of your data or is there a new site with the information/chase accounts? Several chases have notified me that their old chase accounts are still available, but have moved. I am changing links as people PM my mailbox. Added and corrected several this morning.


1985-1999 - http://www.convectiveoutlook.com/highrisk/...99/outlooks.htm
2000-2003 - http://www.convectiveoutlook.com/highrisk/...03/outlooks.htm
2003-2006 - http://www.convectiveoutlook.com/highrisk/...06/outlooks.htm

There are a lot of chasers form StormTrack that have data on the above pages. If you see the word "missing" next to your name then that means I am trying to locate your chase account. Please send me new links or let me know if the data is lost forever.

Also looking for other storm chase accounts that may still be out there.