Chase Logs

May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

Waynoka OK

We awoke on May 18 to see that the Storm Prediction Center had issued a high risk outlook over Northwest Oklahoma and Southwest Kansas, the first of its kind over the Central Plains since 2012. With nervous anticipation of what the day would bring, I set an initial target of … Read More

May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

Eastern NM and West TX

This chase day was long, challenging and exhausting, at times frustrating and at times rewarding! There appeared to be a risk for tornadoes all the way from West Texas, up through northeast New Mexico and into Colorado, but as the morning evolved, more and more … Read More

May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

Simla CO

This chase lived up to every hope I had for the day and exceeded expectations. I was chasing with my uncle, Eric, who I was excited to be out chasing with again. We arrived in Denver at noon and had plans to grab a quick … Read More

Oct 4, 2016

October 4, 2016

Wichita KS

October 4 was an enhanced risk setup across the Central Plains and, feeling storm deprived after a month or two without chasing, I decided to pull the trigger. I connected with friends from Forever Chasing and we made our way west from Wichita by mid … Read More

Sep 12, 2016

September 12, 2016

Serengeti, Tanzania

This was not exactly a storm chase per se… but definitely an event worthy of an entry in the Storm Blog! Mike and I had arrived in the Serengeti the day prior and one of my first questions to our camp manager was are there some pretty good … Read More

May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016

Dodge City KS

I will never forget this storm chase. On the morning of May 24, we woke up in Plainview, Texas, after catching an unbelievable series of after-dark tornadoes near Northfield the night before. I targeted the town of Meade, Kansas, just east of the dryline and near to where … Read More

May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016

Turkey TX

I don’t think I have ever had a chase day that was so frustrating, challenging and then ultimately rewarding, as May 23. The day before we had busted hugely; we’d targeted the Clarendon area, missed a tornado near Howardwick by a matter of miles (because … Read More

May 21, 2016

May 21, 2016

Pence KS

This was the first day of a multi-day setup and it kicked off our long weekend chase trip with a bang! I targeted Scott City, Kansas, and so Mike, Anne, Scott, Mackay and I set out from Oklahoma City to get into position. We arrived in … Read More

May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016

Texline - Amarillo, TX

May 16 looked like a day that was primed for tornadic supercells in the Texas Panhandle and I was taking my uncle, Eric, out chasing. I was determined to help him knock off a bucket item! Pretty much as expected, we woke up to a small … Read More

May 7, 2016

May 7, 2016

Wray, CO

Like many May days in Tornado Alley, a chance of severe storms presented itself on Saturday the 7th. Models indicated storms might fire along one of two boundaries draped across Northeast Colorado. Knowing that it was a 5 hour drive to our initial target of Last … Read More

Apr 28, 2016

April 28, 2016

Turkey, TX

We woke up on the morning of April 28 ready for a fun chase day in the Texas Panhandle. The SPC issued a slight risk for the region, and Roger and I agreed that we liked the area between Turkey and Childress for storms late … Read More

Apr 24, 2016

April 24, 2016

Salina, KS

Our target on the morning of April 24 was somewhere around Harper or Kingman, Kansas. It looked like a day when large hail would be the primary threat, although we expected there to a be a window of opportunity in the evening for tornadoes to … Read More

Apr 20, 2016

April 20, 2016

Wellington, TX

Out guiding for Silver Lining Tours, April 20 was our first chase day of the tour and a slight-risk setup in the Texas Panhandle. Looking over things in the morning, we knew that supercells would be possible despite limited moisture, and Roger and I targeted the area … Read More

Mar 30, 2016

March 30, 2016

Cedar Vale, KS

March 30 was a fun chase day in Southeast Kansas that yielded my first March tornado. Was the tornado that we caught a fluke, a mesoscale accident and a needle in a haystack?… Yes. But it was a beautiful cone tornado nonetheless! Sometimes, these chases … Read More

Nov 16, 2015

November 16, 2015

Groom - Pampa, TX

November 16, 2015 was clearly going to be a widespread severe weather event in the Southern Plains, and since I hadn’t chased for a few months I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I did not expect that this would become one … Read More

Jul 13, 2015

July 13, 2015

Utica - Dwight, IL

July 13th, 2015, was a great chase day for a number of reasons, although not one that yielded tornadoes. I flew into Madison, Wisconsin, to meet up with Alex, Adam and Adam, planning to chase Northern Illinois that afternoon. Morning convection would leave outflow boundaries … Read More

Jun 12, 2015

June 12, 2015

Townsend, ON

I knew that this was going to be a very conditional (iffy) chase day in Ontario when I looked things over in the morning. Upper level flow was good, shear would be excellent, but morning convection looked to kill instability for much of the region. … Read More

May 16, 2015

May 16, 2015

Elmer - Snyder - Walters, OK

  We woke up on the morning of May 16th to a large moderate risk area that had been issued by the SPC; it included the Red River Valley in Texas, all of Oklahoma and Kansas, as well as Southern Nebraska. Dynamics would be impressive … Read More

May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015

Throckmorton, TX

Following a somewhat frustrating chase on May 6, we were bound and determined to kick ass on May 8! We woke up to a moderate risk area issued by the SPC for portions of Oklahoma and Texas on either side of the Red River. It included … Read More

May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016

Goddard, KS

May 6 was a frustrating chase day to say the least. The dynamics were incredible from Southern Oklahoma up into Nebraska. SPC issued a slight risk across the region in the morning, but by midday they increased this to enhanced; 10% hatched area for tornadoes through … Read More

May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015

Big Spring, TX

This was one of those chase days that makes all of those cap busts and disappointing chases worthwhile. The setup had been looking decent for  tornadic supercells from West Texas through the Panhandle, and we woke up after a night in Big Spring, Texas, targeting the Snyder area. … Read More

Apr 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

Victoria, KS

April 24th was a very difficult chase day. SPC had issued an enhanced risk for Central Kansas, with a 10% hatched area for the possibility of strong, long-track tornadoes. Our initial target was Russell Kansas, where we figured the triple point would set up. We made … Read More

Apr 22, 2015

April 22, 2015

Floydada, TX

April 22 2015 was a chase of opportunity in the Texas Panhandle. A business meeting the next day in southwest Kansas meant that we could fly into Dallas on the morning of the 22nd, chase the Panhandle that evening, and then wake up and head … Read More

Apr 8, 2015

April 8, 2015

Coldwater, KS

April 8 was a fun but challenging first chase of the season. SPC issued a moderate risk for severe, including the possibility of strong, long-track tornadoes, through much of northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas. Overall, the day did not play out as forcast and was … Read More

Sep 5, 2014

September 5, 2014

Hanover - Creemore ON

September 5th was slight-risk setup for severe storms, but with little tornado potential. Good instability would be in place by mid-afternoon through much of Southern Ontario, with ML CAPE forecast to approach 2000. However, upper level flow would be displaced to the west, and shear was … Read More

Jul 27, 2014

July 27, 2014

Grand Bend to Kitchener, ON

The day’s initial target was Petrolia. It looked as though the area south of a line from from Sarnia to London would see the best chance of evening supercells, with storms firing in southeast Lower Michigan in the late afternoon and crossing the border around … Read More

Jun 16, 2014

June 16, 2014

Stanton - Pilger - Wakefield, NE

The tornado event that unfolded in northeast Nebraska on June 16 2014 was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for storm chasers and, sadly, tragic for the people in and around the town of Pilger. That morning we woke up in Omaha after chasing southwest of there the … Read More

May 21, 2014

May 21, 2014

Newbury, ON

My first Ontario storm chase of 2014 took place on May 21, exactly one day prior to that of the previous year. The day looked marginal for severe weather in Southwest Ontario… but still just a little too interesting to pass up. While good upper … Read More

May 10, 2014

May 10, 2014

Orrick, MO

May 10, 2014, had tornadic potential along the warm front draped over Northern Missouri, however marginal CAPE looked as though it might hinder storms’ potential. I was out with Silver Lining Tours, and we headed toward the Kansas City area which was our chase target. Roger … Read More

Aug 7, 2013 – Part 2

August 7, 2013 – Part 2

Arthur, ON

I had spent the last twenty minutes chasing, photographing and filming one of the prettiest and most photogenic tornadoes that you could ever hope to see. What’s more, this wasn’t in Kansas, Oklahoma, or any of the other Tornado Alley states – this was just … Read More

Aug 7, 2013 – Part 1

August 7, 2013 – Part 1

Arthur to Grand Valley, ON

For days Wednesday had been shaping up to make for a potential chase. A cut-off low was swirling over Hudson Bay with a strong upper jet poised over Southern Ontario. Good low-level moisture would be in place with CAPE forecast to approach or exceed 2000 … Read More

Jul 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

Exeter - Woodstock, ON

July 10th was a fun but challenging chase day.That morning I looked at the models and, initially, a  triangle between Woodstock, Norwich and Brantford stood out to me as a potential target area by early to mid afternoon. CAPE values were very respectable, forecast to … Read More

May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

Bennington, KS

May 28 2013 had a ton of potential and the chase target was clear: Salina, Kansas. I was out with Silver Lining Tours, and we sat under blue skies all day waiting for the cap to break. Finally an updraft burst upward just west of … Read More

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

Listowel - Creemore, ON

You can’t hope to chase a storm in Southern Ontario with much better structure than the supercell that traveled from Listowel to Creemore on May 22nd. I woke up that Wednesday morning and looked over the models, having been excited about the prospects of a … Read More

May 19, 2013

May 19, 2013

South Haven, KS

May 19 2013 was primed for a major severe weather event. The Storm Prediction Center had issued a large moderate risk area across much of Easter Kansas and Oklahoma, including a 15% hatched area for strong tornadoes. Silver Lining Tours had an unbelievable chase the day before, … Read More

May 18, 2013

May 18, 2013

Rozel - Sanford, KS

The setup on May 18 presented a classic two-target scenario that is frequently a challenge for chasers. One target was to the north, near the tripple-point in Kansas, the other was south, along the dryline in Oklahoma. I was with Silver Lining, and Roger positioned … Read More

May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012

La Crosse, KS

May 25 was an unforgettable chase day with Silver Lining Tours. We spent the entire day sitting on the triple point, waiting under blue skies and hoping for the cap to break. Finally, just as the sun was beginning to set, storms exploded. Even though … Read More

May 19, 2012

May 19, 2012

Kingman, KS

May 19 was a surprising chase day. I was out with Roger and Silver Lining Tours, and despite the SPC’s slight risk that extended from Iowa to Texas, we were not optimistic about the day’s prospects. In particular, large temperature/dewpoint spreads meant that storms would … Read More

Aug 24, 2011

August 24, 2011

Neustadt, ON

Just a few days after Goderich was devastated by the province’s most powerful tornado in fifteen years, another potent and potentially tornadic severe weather setup took shape across Southern Ontario on August 24. A high CAPE, high shear environment meant that tornadoes would be possible across … Read More

May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011

Canton, OK

Just days after our close encounter with the Joplin tornado, we woke up on May 24 to the possibility of another extreme and potentially deadly tornado setup. SPC was forecasting a major tornado outbreak across much of Kansas and Oklahoma, issuing a rare high risk. … Read More