Tornado Chase Highlights

Posted: June 26, 2014, 4:38 pm by spatrick
Gustnado (basically a spin-up on thunderstorm outflow) photo from Larned, KS on June 1, 2014.


Well after 7,174 miles and 122 hours in the car, my tornado chase with Rutgers University has come to an end. All in all, the chase was a success and culminated in spotting a tornado! Let's cover two of the biggest highlights from the trip.

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Tornado Intercept

Posted: June 12, 2014, 8:17 am by spatrick

Tornado captured on camera by WeatherWorks meteorologist Sherilyn Graham about 15 miles away, beyond the ridge-line

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Supercell Intercepted while Chasing!

Posted: June 6, 2014, 7:19 am by spatrick

Well it has been an exciting week in Tornado Alley! Tuesday, June 3rd, was by far the most active. We began our day near Grand Island, NE as storms started to brew. By the late afternoon, we were closing in on a tornado warned storm near Ord, NE that was moving east. Although we were approximately 10 miles away from the tornado warned storm at one point near Central City, NE, our data went down and we had to bail out for our safety. As we bolted for the cars, a few members from our group thought they glimpsed a funnel.

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The Chase is on!

Posted: May 28, 2014, 10:12 am by spatrick

And we're off! We left New Brunswick, NJ at 9 AM today, in hopes of studying some exciting weather out in in the Northern Plains. As June approaches, severe weather tends to trend northward. After a team weather discussion on Tuesday, it was determined that the Dakotas and possibly Montana would be a good first stop for Friday and Saturday, as a cold front will be passing through. Saturday is looking somewhat more favorable than Friday. Four ingredients are typically needed to produce severe weather, and what we're looking for - tornadoes!

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Follow Me on My Tornado Chase!

Posted: May 22, 2014, 9:29 am by spatrick

Hellooooo severe weather! In one week, I will be attending an orientation before driving out to Tornado Alley storm chasing for two weeks. Although we will not know if we are leaving on May 28th or 29th until the day of the orientation, I'm hoping we can leave as soon as possible to analyze and predict these powerful storms! Tornadoes were what initially sparked my interest in meteorology, in particular, the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. Ever since that day, I knew I wanted to go storm chasing, and I am extremely excited over this opportunity!

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