Monday, May 6, 2019

Storms 050519

It's been a slow year with most storms hitting late at night.  Last week I was sleeping in the basement and was shaken out of bed by a near lightning strike.  The weekend was nice and quiet, and I decided to grill.  As I grilled, I heard about a tornado warning in Dodge City, Kansas. 

The convective outlooks are posted from yesterday, the first and the last. 

As the steaks and shrimp came off the grill, Great Bend reported a tornado on the ground.  I ate quickly and hit the road.  That's wrong for a grilled steak and shrimp meal.

We headed up to McPherson, Kansas and quickly changed over to Hutchinson and South Hutchinson from Highway 50.  We made it to Haven and started seeing the developed wall cloud.

 Lot of rain, lots of gray.

 There were a few funnels dropping from the wall cloud but nothing touched the ground.  We ended up watching it for a while until the storm got a little too close. 
Found out I can do video from my panoramics

We ran down K-96 a couple miles, and by the time we turned back around, rain had blocked the remaining light and was trying to check out the storm by very frequent lightning. 

Started seeing an odd inflow notch develop and extend until it seemed to be a large turkey wing.  The storm chased us to Wichita and had reports of funnels and hail out near Andale and Goddard. 

Welcome to Spring my friends.  Here's to more chases.

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