03 Feb
Friday Flashback – December Monster

Welcome to the first in a series of "Friday Flashback" posts from past Storm Warriors Storm chases. We've been asked before, when is "tornado season"?  While the answer you'd expect to hear is "spring time", which does have the most amount of tornadoes, the truth is tornadoes can happen any time of year if the ingredients are right.  This was such...

24 Jun
Have You Ever Seen A Thunderstorm Spin?

Have you ever heard the term a "rotating" supercell thunderstorm? All tornadic supercells will rotate, but not all rotating supercells produce tornadoes.   Just by looking at a rotating supercell thunderstorm, you can tell it's different than the normal thunderstorms you see in the summer.   You know, those that offer a brief respite of rain over your parched lawn, then...

Shelf cloud near Dodge City, KS 5/26/16 photographed by Mike Prendergast
02 Jun
Epic Kansas Shelf Cloud

[caption id="attachment_16331" align="alignright" width="300"] The Storm Warrior truck ahead of the shelf cloud. Pictured is Mike Casey (passenger seat) and Bill Ford (driver's seat)[/caption] Thursday, May 26th was supposed to be a big tornado day.  The SPC (Storm Prediction Center) had issued a MODERATE Risk for Severe Storms for a big chunk of central and west central Kansas and were expecting...

26 Mar
Too Close To Home

The day after Christmas is supposed to be a time for family celebrations, not tornadoes.  A warm, moist 82° day is more like April than the end of December, but then again December 26, 2015 wasn’t an ordinary day. Storms were in the forecast and we knew they would be bad.  I don’t get nervous chasing but this day was different. ...

wyoming supercell
24 Mar
Wyoming Supercell

June 16, 2015 - Lingle, Wyoming Not a tree to be found for what seemed like hundreds of miles to obstruct our view of this gorgeous LP or "Low-Precipitation" supercell.  Supercells in the south are more likely to be HP or "High-Precipitation" supercells.  These cells make seeing tornadoes much harder as the cell is producing copious amounts of rain and the...

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