Friday, June 16, 2017

Strong winds 06/15/17

 Wichita was put into a moderate risk for the convective outlook. Talk was a huge hail system with high winds. Luckily we dodged tbe hail but took a pretty good hit from high winds.
 Nothing like a softball game on aluminum bleachers and lightning in the area.
 Storm to the north, which merged with the storm moving from the NE.
Thoughts from the dustbowl? Harvest is ongoing so lots of fields are dirt. Fairly eerie to watch this approach.

From fellow ruminator, Jeanne, from the Maize area which took the brunt of 80 mph wind.


From my brother's house in NE Wichita, looking west.



Damage out near Valley Center on 85th street. A few medium sized trees were taken down in Maize.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Lake Afton Photo Program

Lake Afton is a public observatory that closed last year.  A group of dedicated and passionate astronomers ended up securing and reopening the observatory.  I took part in a Jupiter session several years ago where I captured the bands and Galilean moons.

This was a simple, come out and photograph the moon.  With some of their suggestions, I captured this.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

05/19/2017 well this is a suprise


The day after a high risk day, checking out at school, and I was taken completely by surprise by a Emergency Broadcast System coming over the radio and alerting of tornadoes on the ground south and west of Wichita.

I ran out to a line of storms approaching Haven, Kansas.  Luckily I still had some of my camera equipment in the car from the night before.


Couplet was SE of Pretty Prarie.

funnel

Probably on the ground.
Tornado on the left hand side.
Storm couldn't decide if it wanted to squall out or not.
Storm 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

05182017 High Risk Day

It was a busy day and an insane week.  Some days I wish I only could storm chase . . . but responsibilities.

Thursday, May 18th was a high risk day.   The weather leading up to this point had been quiet, warm, and windy.  Then on the last day of school . . . Bam!
High risk up to the corner of Wichita, Followed by a PDS tornado watch.
What happened?

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The storms exploded into a big glob.  The lightning all was incredible but a series of choices led me to chase down into Oklahoma (near Wakita for any twister fans), when I should have gone into Salina, Kansas.  The storm we were chasing squalled out, so we left before getting hit with the wind.




Friday, April 14, 2017

April 19, 2017 storm chase

Storms had fired up west of Salina and were following I-70 along a dry line, soon a cold front would start making it descend south.  A series of individual storms met up and slowly became a squall line.  The clouds had a lot of groundscrubbers to it, scary clouds that seem to run along the ground.  I shot from Coronado Heights at first, moved a little to the west, and as the storm started moving south, ran back to McPherson and got the lightning shots at the bottom.





360 degree panograph, looks like my back is to the action, but I am shooting the storm.






Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017 Not much to report

A brief storm with strong hail, enough hail to cause fog.
One of the strangest things I've seen in chasing.
I found this area of fog that had a strange build up to it.  It didn't rotate, just stood in the field.

Oklahoma . . .

Nice little road trip down to Oklahoma City.



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Monday, March 6, 2017

Lots of Fire and a Nearby Tornado Too, March 6, 2017 Smoke Chase

Very near wildfires in Reno County added to kind of a mess for a line of storms that came through on March 6th, 2017




Friday, January 20, 2017

Yes, Virginia. It is a Real Snowflake

New phone with an impressive camera.  Found I can take semi-clear macro photography with it.  This was one of the very rare snows we received in Wichita this year.  I took this at lunch and sent it around to coworkers.  Then uploaded it to a local channel, who preceded to do a "Fake or Real" news segment.  They did claim it was real "it is folks".