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Tornadoes and Supercells Storm Chase 2016

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Storm Chase 2016 Tornado Alley

 

After 3 years, another opportunity for storm chasing 2016. The following Youtube videos and extensive selection of the most important images from this year's two week chases are included. This includes timelapse videos of rotating storms and spectacular lightning - some of my best lightning shots!

Perryton Tornado becomes a wedge tornado quickly from a cone tornado.

Perryton Tornado becomes a wedge tornado quickly from a cone tornado.

Funnel cloud possible tornado inside the inflow notch of now HP supercell

Funnel cloud possible tornado inside the inflow notch of now HP supercell

Simultaneous tornado near Perryton tornado

Simultaneous tornado near Perryton tornado


With a period of significant high CAPE and south west flow predicted, it set the scene for chaseable supercells and tornadoes. The following are a gallery of the storms and tornadoes from the 2016 storm chasing in Tornado Alley - namely, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. This was the first storm chase. After a frustrating storm chase with merging supercells, increased moisture and an outflow boundary, the Perryton, Texas storm finally comes tornado warned. Turn onto the road west and there it was! Cone tornado. Too dark for immediate shots and I finally was able to get footage and shots on tripod. It wedges out and then surprise another circulation produces a separate simultaneous tornado. After examining the inflow notch a couple of times a third funnel cloud and possible tornado occurs.

Sunset and sculptured supercell

Sunset and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Lightning and sculptured supercell

Day 2 Turkey Supercell

Day 2 and after a brief supercell near Clarendon, Texas. Perhaps a little risky but I ventured further south for tail end charlie. Unfortunately, there were several supercells spawning near Plainview. The waiting game began. Radar then suggested nice structure it seemed to my east. But where was this storm - there were so many storms. I realised it was the on producing lightning just to my east. This became the Turkey supercell! It produced a likely wall cloud but the updraft and the storm structure improved to a beautiful sculptured LP supercell! Sunset illuminating the updraft and vault clearly defined! With lightning threatening to singe the earth, I took note that the base had begun to show a bowl lowering. This storm eventually became tornado warned after dark and produced a cone shaped tornado and wedge tornado soon after (chasers suggesting the same damage path).

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Day 3 Dodge City Supercell and Tornadoes

Wall cloud and Tornadoes as the Storm Intensified

Wall cloud and Tornadoes as the Storm Intensified

The Dodge City tornadic event stunned me: despite the favourable tornadic conditions for strong to violent tornadoes, I did not anticipate such a prolific event. But when two mesocyclones developed side by side I thought a cyclic event was in order. 20160524jd088 The way the first tornado roped out and reformed just as quick and became strong to violent is something I had not witnessed prior. Multiple tornadoes at once was simply insane. A flood of tornadoes - one set 3 at a time and another 3 twins! Intense vorticies formed under the front mesocyclone dancing around each other.20160524jd098 20160524jd101

 

 

 

Travelling through Dodge City with sirens blazing and tornado on the west side of town made for some intense chasing - street by street! Out of the other side and again another tornado spins to the earth and takes out a house (unfortunately a negative part of the event). The power flash followed by debris spinning around the vortex certainly demonstrated the power of what seemed such a small tornado.20160524jd108 20160524jd110

 

 

Finally one more tornado seemed to developed further north and the storm had run its course! Some counts suggest based on the true definition of tornadoes that 8 to 10 tornadoes had been spawned from this event!

Incredible supercell structure

Incredible supercell structure

Incredible supercell structure and developing tornado

Incredible supercell structure and developing tornado

Incredible supercell structure and tornado

Incredible supercell structure and tornado

Strong tornado west of Dodge City

Strong tornado west of Dodge City as the storm moves north

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New strong tornado north of Dodge City

New strong tornado north of Dodge City

New strong tornado north of Dodge City

New strong tornado north of Dodge City

Storm Videos from the various chases





Spectacular lightning from storm 30 January 2016

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The images attached to the post are taken using my video camera. Late evening 30 January, a thunderstorm tracking south east across eastern Sydney produced a wonderful display of lightning. This was the storm that produced two cloud to clear air lightning strikes as I was driving towards Blacktown from Penrith.

Shortly after sunset, a number of cloud to ground strikes were observed and filmed from Blacktown looking east. This was the last storm of the day to affect the Sydney region and was the last storm that I captured for the day as part of my return trip and storm chase from Albury.

Several lightning flashes were emanating from the cloud updraft tower which was readily visible when not obscured by cloud. As evening rolled on this storm became less active.

Severe Storms smash Sydney Suburbs 14th January 2016

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Schofield Storm, Linda Deguara

Schofield Storm, Linda Deguara

Schofield Storm, Linda Deguara

Schofield Storm, Linda Deguara

Schofield Storm, Linda Deguara

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0114jd02 After a day of extreme heat and humidity (36C and 25C dewpoints), storms began to develop and move across suburbs of Sydney. Due to high bases and inverted moisture profile, very strong downbursts soon began to occur. Several cells tracked across Sydney at amazing speeds.0114jd300114jd320114jd340114jd370114jd380114jd390114jd27 A man was killed and wife critically injured when a tree fell on their car.

Thanks for driving me around John Robert Scerri from Penrith Storm Chasing. Was a pleasure - pit the action did not last long!

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