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 us between the two targets early in the day so that we could make our final target decision (north or south) closer to go-time.

Finally, by late afternoon, we began to see signs of convective initiation to the north of Dodge City and we made our decision. We blasted north as the first supercell of the day was exploding and becoming dominant, and it didn’t take long for us to begin hearing reports of a large tornado on the ground near Rozel. We got into viewing range to witness the last ten minutes of this tornado’s life.

The Rozel tornado ropes out before the Sanford tornado touches down on May 18, 2013.

The Rozel tornado in as it entered its rope-out phase, backlit by the setting sun.