Saturday, July 14, 2018

lightning 07/13/2018

A simple cold front moved into the area destabilizing the atmosphere enough for some evening showers.  It was already Drench-your-shirt humid.  Luckily it rained most of the late night.

My oldest daughter and I did an ice cream run and found this wall cloud to the west of the city.

 We ran home, grabbed our cameras and went Northwest of the city.  Lots of active lightning at first, then it slowed down as the storm lost its punch.

 Same bolt, two frames.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Severe Weather 06/26/2018

Summer had set on Wichita or at least we seemed to be in for a long, hot, dry days.  Little patches of rain happened occasionally, but not enough to knock off the severe drought that had lingered.
There had been some storms in the morning that provided a couple of quick thunderstorm warnings, but nothing too strong.  Most of the storms dissipated just before hitting Wichita to reform after and produce stronger storms. I had gone out in the morning just to try to shoot more photography.

Storms looked to be focused mainly on the Kansas/Missouri border and I thought the less than spectacular morning storms may be the end of it.  The five o'clock News mentioned that there was a stationary front just to our west that may form storms in the next few hours.  By six, a number of storms formed NE of Wichita and slowly moved to the SE.  Within 30 minutes from that, the storms had become tornado warned.  

After the initial warnings and not seeing tornadoes I moved to near Rose Hill but unfortunately went though Andover which really slowed me down after they had some initial wind damage.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Local Church hit by Lightning

On June 24th, in the wee hours of the morning, lightning struck St. Joseph Catholic Church in Andale. Damage is thought to be around one million dollars.  Clean up is currently underway.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

It's been slow

May 1st opened up with the latest tornado season in a long time. Late may is already threatening summer weather patterns. SO the last few weeks while closing down the classroom season, I've been chasing when I can. Sometimes it's just pretty clouds.

This next set was a small front driven squall line that was going back and forth on being severe.  The tops of the storms were illuminated in moonlight:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Storms 050118 May Day

This has been an interesting year.  Although Spring supposedly started in March, think someone ignored the calendar.  We have been in a long drought, broken up by an occasional cloud dropping less than a tenth of an inch of precipitation.  We even had a brief snow as late as April 14th.
Our first hope came April 21st where we had a little over an inch of rain.  
Rain would set out on the 7-10 day forecast at least 6 days out, then would disappear as it came closer.  Then May 1st came into view.  A slight risk slowly evolved.  A tornado threat also appeared.

Before May 1st  Kansas and Oklahoma had not had any tornadoes in 2018.  The storm of May 1st stopped all that.
I watched the storms blow up the I70 highway.As they approached the I35 exchange I decided to run up north to see the storms.  

 I passed Kanopolis lake and started seeing the storms and the gray haze from the storms.  I headed out through Brookville then turned out toward Glendale and Tescott.  This is the area SSW of Salina.

 This I believe is when the storm was hitting Tescott,

 Then this may have been near Culver.

 The storm took some time after the tornadoes to build.

 As the sun set, I noticed some clouds out to the west.  These appeared very low to the ground, but losing available light, I was done chasing.
I watched the ground scrubbers off in the distance in the failing light.  They were down mudsoaked roads and out of touch.  I started to head back to I35 but a wreck and several power poles diverted me to other wet dirt and clay roads for a fun run back to the highway and a long drive home.  The storms provided quite the light show as I drove off with almost constant lightning.  I wished I could have pulled over and watched for a while, but I had an early morning the next day and would get home late enough.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Happy Equinox!  I am a huge fan of the GEOS-16 website, now waiting for the GOES-S to start sending images soon.  The local NWS was able to spot wildfires three minutes before public started calling about it.  Here is to a safe and exciting storm season.