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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Photo in New Scientist

New Scientist recently published my photo of a Canadian tornado in its magazine. It has been nice to see this photo make the rounds on the internet.

Looking forward to 2014! There are a lot of big milestones I'm working toward accomplishing. More on that later...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Here's a little animation from the El Reno EF-5 tornado. I think this gives a pretty good sense of how while it was partially obscured, you knew it was there with some of the lightning flashes. Images were taken from people with me, I put together the images into the animation.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Some more photos of the amazing LP Supercell in Nebraska from the final tour. I love that storm!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

One More Frame Grab of the Largest Tornado in Recorded History

One more frame from a customer's video where the tornado was backlit by lightning. At this point, based off the damage survey, it was only a few tenths of a mile smaller than it's maximum width of 2.6 miles.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

El Reno Tornado Upgraded to EF-5

The El Reno, OK tornado was upgraded to an EF-5. It also now holds the record for width, at 2.6 miles. Below is a frame grab from my customer's video.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Nebraska Low Precipitation Supercell

We were treated last week to a beautiful LP supercell over Nebraska. It was an extremely fun slow moving storm. Despite its appearance, and tornado warning, in the end it was largely harmless. Simply got to enjoy some great supercell structure. I however was unable to bring my tripod on this leg of the journey, so the quality of the photo is a little lower than I like. Over all though, still shows the beauty of this storm.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Loss of Tim Samaras and Crew

I heard last night that Tim Samaras and two of his crew were killed in the tornado near El Reno. Utterly shocked, he has been a fixture in storm chasing since I have been chasing. I have had the pleasure of meeting him and talking with him in person and via email a hand full of times. He was a true researcher. Just shocked... it's a loss of personal hero.

Edit: It has also now been confirmed an inexperienced individual was also killed by the tornado.

This should be a warning to people going out without experience. If you go out with the intent to follow other chasers, you could be following someone with a much different goal in storm chasing that puts themselves, and thus you, at risk. Even if you do not follow other storm chasers you are still at risk. The customers with me that saw the El Reno tornado, didn't grasp the scale of it until largely afterwards. Not everything looks like the Wizard of OZ, it very much was like trying to see the "forest from the trees". You may not know what is a tornado until it is too late. While on a tour, I always work to maintain a safe distance, and have multiple escape routes. My experience with previous large tornadoes, combined with the multiple sources of weather data always coming to me, alerted me to the fact we were observing a partially obscured tornado, not just some thick rain and hail bands.