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Storm Chase 2009 - Tour 2 (Part1)

Hello folks, I have finally got round to looking through all of my photos from this years storm chase! Here is part 1:


[b]Texas - 9th May - 2009. [/b]

After landing at Dallas Ft Worth airport we were straight after the storms. What better way to start than seeing our first supercel.

A low precipitation (LP) supercell base:

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/8thMayTexas/LPsupercell.JPG[/img]

Then a High precipitation supercell straight after!:

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/8thMayTexas/HPsupercell.JPG[/img]

The lightning and rotation from this supercell was incredible and we were all very surprised that it never quite managed to drop a tornado. The HD footage is very nice, but due to file sizes limits i've only uploaded the video to youtube in standard format.

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZtuZwLxj94[/media]


The supercell then made its way to the town of Brownwood, Texas where we later found out was heavily damaged by large hail.

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/8thMayTexas/baseballstorm.JPG[/img]

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/8thMayTexas/baseballstorm2.JPG[/img]

[b]9th/10th May 2009 - Texas.[/b]

The following 2 days were unfortunately down days after a good start. Still the odd sunset to see however;

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/10thMayTexas/panhandlesunset.JPG[/img]


[b]12th May 2009 - Again, Texas! [/b]

This was probably one of the best storm days of my life. I'll let the pictures do most of the explaining...

Convection initiated:

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/convection1.JPG[/img]

A storm fired and we were off! A dust storm initiated as the storm dragged in the moisture. Spot the lucky hidden lightning strike in thise first photo:

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/Duststorm1cg.JPG[/img]

I have video of this storm as the dust reduced visibility to only a few yards but as yet i still need to upload it.

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/duststorm2.JPG[/img]

As we chased the storm we saw an amazing base which contrasted against the red fields.

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/supercellbase.JPG[/img]

A quick gustnado then whipped up some dust

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/Gustnado.JPG[/img]

Then a lowering

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/lowering.JPG[/img]

Finally, the chase led us to Childress, Texas where we witnessed some amazing structure, a possible tornado, the vortex 2 project with its associated many DOW trucks. Oh and some nice lightning and mammatus...

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/childress1.JPG[/img]

A very small funnel starting to form?

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/childress2funnel.JPG[/img]

Oh, and maybe a tornado?

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/possiblenado.JPG[/img]


The Weather Channel/ Discovery Channel filming next to the team.

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/weatherchannel.JPG[/img]



Then some nice mammatus and lightning.

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/mammatus.JPG[/img]

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/IMG_4789.JPG[/img]

[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/lightning1.JPG[/img]
[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/lightning2.JPG[/img]
[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/lightning3.JPG[/img]
[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/lightning4.JPG[/img]
[img]http://www.scotphotos.co.uk/Stormchasing/12thMayTexas/lightning5.JPG[/img]


And then finally, an amazing video of a lightning bolt landing within a few feet of us. (You cant see the lightning but you can defo hear it!!!!)


[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma36Omijp2E[/media]



Well, that was my first blog entry. I hope you enjoy the photos and look out for part 2 soon!!

Ross B

Ross B

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