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Really ? His Icon is showing him North West of Paducah about 250 miles to the North West of Huntsville. He must have a custom made Lear Jet this year

Wedge tornado photo'd near Borden, Indiana before crossing I65

Looks like another active few weeks coming up if some of the models are to be believed. Temperatures more akin to Middle to Late April and moisture returning. Could be some decent Virtual Chases over

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

    Looks like they'll be playing with the Mexicans today! I'm going to be sitting west of San Antonio, probably in Uvalde, TX Posted Image

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  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL
  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL

    Is there anybody left on here that will be around for the next few days, everybody seems to ready to fly off,,,

    Eastern Kansas ?? here we come

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

    These pictures look like scenes from the film Independence Day.

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    But although it might look like the end of the world has arrived they are in fact terrifying tempests, capable of devouring an entire landscape in just minutes. While most people would turn and run the other direction if they were ever confronted with a killer storm, one landscape photographer and a renowned storm chaser have spent three years getting dangerously close to the magnificent natural phenomenons to capture their natural beauty.

    Mitch Dobrowner teamed up with storm chaser Roger Hill, travelling 40,000 miles to photograph the fast-moving natural spectacles, including monsoons, hurricanes, and the mighty 'mother of tornadoes' known as the 'supercell'. The pair witnessed more than 600 tornadoes and stalked roughly 45 weather systems across 16 states. Some days they drove 900 miles in a bid to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of nature’s more violent side in the American heartland. Between March and October, the Great Plains play host to thousands of violent storms. Just last year, thunderstorms in America caused $26billion worth of damage and scores of people die from weather-related injuries every year.

    Mr Dobrowner, whose work is being showcased in the July edition of National Geographic magazine for iPad, said: ‘With storms, it’s like shooting a sporting event. Things happen so quickly. I really have to adapt’. The wild weather begins when dry air from the Rockies moves over moist air from the Gulf of Mexico creating perfect conditions for torrential rain and hail, thunder and lightning or severe winds. One storm the pair photographed, near Guymon, Oklahoma, crept over a farming community, bristling with electricity for more than an hour.

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    Mr Berlin and Mr Dobrowner also snapped a terrifying monsoon thunderstorm as it dropped a deluge on the desert in Lordsburg, New Mexico. The base of the cloud probably hangs a staggering two miles above the ground. Meanwhile, in Regan, North Dakota, they photographed a dying tornado last year, said to be in the ‘roping out’ phase. However, it's the supercells which really excites Mr Hill, said to be the rarest and most terrifying of all storms. Known as the 'mother of tornadoes', a mesocyclone can be up to six miles wide and can produce as many as 60 tornadoes. The wind coming into the storm starts to swirl and forms a funnel. The air in the funnel then spins faster and faster and creates a very low pressure area which sucks more air - and objects - into it. If the cyclone runs out of wet, warm surface air, it dies out. If it does not run out of this fuel, however, the rotating cloud stretches toward the ground and may become a giant tornado.

    James LaDue, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said: ‘No two storms are the same. No two skies are either’. But contrary to their reputation, storms are not all bad. They also pour rain on dry, thirsty crops, provide wind for inert wind turbines and nitrogen produced by lightning is given to nutrient-starved soil. Mr Dobrowner said he feels a great respect for storms. He said: 'I feel honored to be shooting them. If I’m going to go, let me go like this.'

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

    Storm-chaser: Capturing The Beast

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    Say hello to The Beast. Of hundreds of storms pursued and photographed since 1999 by veteran US storm-chaser Mike Hollingshead, this is the one he rates as most spectacular. "It's still pretty much my favourite, for its meanness, structure and longevity," he says.

    Like many other storms he has followed, it's a supercell thunderstorm, caused by a single, powerful and rotating updraft of air travelling at speeds of 250 to 300 kilometres per hour. As a huge pocket of warm air rises, swirls and meets colder air, raindrops and hailstones the size of baseballs can form, and spectacular bolts of lightning are generated. Downdrafts travelling at more than 100 kilometres per hour fling the rain and hail to earth beyond the supercell structure.

    In this photo the huge, black, right-angled cloud is the supercell itself, conveniently framing a stunning lightning display. The dark, bluish-green cloud to the left is dumping rain and hail.

    Hollingshead recorded The Beast on 13 July 2009, tracking it for 6 hours from Kadoka in South Dakota to Valentine, Nebraska, where it fizzled out. He says that many supercells produce tornadoes, which he approaches to within 200 metres. The most stressful aspect is when the cars of other storm-chasers threaten to block his line of retreat. You can see more of Hollingshead's pictures, and a video of The Beast, at www.extremeinstability.com.

    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2012/07/stormchaser-capturing-the-beas.html

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

    Bringing this to the top ready for Friday and Saturday :D

    Slight risk in already for Friday for TX and OK panhandles and western KS

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    ...PARTS OF CNTRL/SRN HIGH PLAINS...

    ALTHOUGH JUST TO THE SOUTH OF A CYCLONIC 70-90 KT 500 MB JET STREAK

    EXPECTED TO NOSE INTO THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS LATE FRIDAY

    AFTERNOON...ISOLATED TO SCATTERED STORM DEVELOPMENT DOES APPEAR

    POSSIBLE ACROSS THE TEXAS PANHANDLE HANDLE...NEAR THE REMNANT

    SURFACE FRONT AND A DEVELOPING LEE SURFACE TROUGH/DRY LINE. THIS

    MAY INCLUDE DISCRETE SUPERCELLS...AS MODESTLY STEEP MID-LEVEL LAPSE

    RATES AND BOUNDARY LAYER WARMING CONTRIBUTE TO CAPE ON THE ORDER OF

    1000 J/KG...IN THE PRESENCE OF STRONG SHEAR.

    SOME OF THIS ACTIVITY MAY PERSIST WELL INTO THE EVENING HOURS...

    WITH NEW DEVELOPMENT ALSO POSSIBLE...SPREADING NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS

    AT LEAST PARTS OF WESTERN KANSAS INTO SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...IN

    RESPONSE TO LOW-LEVEL THERMAL/MOISTURE ADVECTION AND STRENGTHENING

    LARGE-SCALE FORCING FOR UPWARD VERTICAL MOTION. LARGE HAIL MAY BE

    THE MOST PROMINENT SEVERE THREAT...BUT THE RISK FOR TORNADOES MAY

    ACCOMPANY LATE AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING ACTIVITY.

    And for Saturday atm...

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    ..DISCUSSION...

    UNCERTAINTIES PERSIST DUE TO LINGERING SPREAD AMONG MODELS AND MODEL

    ENSEMBLES CONCERNING THE NORTHEASTWARD ACCELERATION OF A SIGNIFICANT

    CLOSED LOW OUT OF THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES LATE THIS WEEK THROUGH THE

    WEEKEND. HOWEVER...IT STILL APPEARS MOST PROBABLE THAT

    INSTABILITY...DEEP LAYER FLOW FIELDS/SHEAR AND FORCING FOR UPWARD

    VERTICAL MOTION WILL BECOME MOST SUPPORTIVE OF SEVERE WEATHER

    POTENTIAL IN THE WARM SECTOR OF A SUB-1000 MB SURFACE CYCLONE ON

    SATURDAY...AS IT MIGRATES ACROSS THE MID MISSOURI VALLEY...TOWARD

    THE GREAT LAKES REGION. EVEN WITH ONLY WEAK DESTABILIZATION...THE

    ENVIRONMENT NEAR A 70-90 KT SOUTHWESTERLY 500 MB JET STREAK AND

    50-70 KT SOUTHERLY 850 MB JET COULD BECOME SUFFICIENT FOR A

    SUBSTANTIVE REGIONAL SEVERE CONVECTIVE EVENT WITH DAMAGING WIND AND

    PERHAPS TORNADOES.

    IT MAY NOT BE COMPLETELY OUT OF THE QUESTION THAT THIS COULD

    CONTINUE ACROSS PARTS OF THE OHIO VALLEY AND GREAT LAKES REGION

    SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY...BEFORE THE UPPER IMPULSE DEAMPLIFIES.

    HOWEVER...INCREASING MODEL VARIABILITY CONCERNING THE EVOLUTION OF

    THIS SYSTEM...COUPLED WITH PROBABILITY OF DECREASING AVAILABLE

    INSTABILITY...RESULTS IN TOO MUCH UNCERTAINTY TO EXTEND THE AREAL

    DELINEATION. THEREAFTER...INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK...THE SPREAD

    IN MODEL DATA CONCERNING LARGE-SCALE PATTERN DEVELOPMENTS BECOMES

    MUCH TOO LARGE TO CONFIDENTLY ASSESS THE POTENTIAL FOR A REGIONAL

    SEVERE WEATHER EVENT.

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

    Saturday up to SLIGHT risk already....Ireally should have been on a plane by now :(

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    ...UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS...

    GIVEN THE STRENGTH OF THE WARM SECTOR DEEP LAYER MEAN FLOW

    FIELDS/SHEAR AND FORCING FOR UPWARD VERTICAL MOTION...SEVERE

    POTENTIAL ON SATURDAY MAY ULTIMATELY BE HIGHER THAN CURRENTLY

    INDICATED BY THE SLIGHT RISK CATEGORICAL OUTLOOK. CONDITIONS MOST

    SUPPORTIVE OF THIS POTENTIAL STILL APPEAR MOST PROBABLE TO EVOLVE

    FROM PARTS OF EASTERN NEBRASKA AND KANSAS THROUGH CENTRAL AND

    NORTHERN MISSOURI...IOWA AND ADJACENT PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN

    MINNESOTA...SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN AND NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS.

    HOWEVER...UNCERTAINTY LINGERS CONCERNING THE DEGREE OF WARM SECTOR

    BOUNDARY LAYER DESTABILIZATION THAT MAY OCCUR...DUE TO THE

    POSSIBILITY OF CONSIDERABLE EARLY PERIOD CONVECTION WHICH MAY SLOW

    OR INHIBIT INSOLATION. COUPLED WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED MODEL

    VARIABILITY...TOO MUCH UNCERTAINTY STILL EXISTS FOR HIGHER SEVERE

    PROBABILITIES. BUT A SIGNIFICANT CONVECTIVE DAMAGING WIND EVENT

    APPEARS A POSSIBILITY. IT MAY NOT BE OUT OF THE QUESTION THAT

    CONDITIONS COULD BECOME FAVORABLE FOR TORNADIC SUPERCELLS.

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  • Location: Bamford, Rochdale
  • Weather Preferences: Summer - Storms Winter - Blizzards
  • Location: Bamford, Rochdale

    Saturday up to SLIGHT risk already....Ireally should have been on a plane by now Posted Image

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    ...UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS...

    GIVEN THE STRENGTH OF THE WARM SECTOR DEEP LAYER MEAN FLOW

    FIELDS/SHEAR AND FORCING FOR UPWARD VERTICAL MOTION...SEVERE

    POTENTIAL ON SATURDAY MAY ULTIMATELY BE HIGHER THAN CURRENTLY

    INDICATED BY THE SLIGHT RISK CATEGORICAL OUTLOOK. CONDITIONS MOST

    SUPPORTIVE OF THIS POTENTIAL STILL APPEAR MOST PROBABLE TO EVOLVE

    FROM PARTS OF EASTERN NEBRASKA AND KANSAS THROUGH CENTRAL AND

    NORTHERN MISSOURI...IOWA AND ADJACENT PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN

    MINNESOTA...SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN AND NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS.

    HOWEVER...UNCERTAINTY LINGERS CONCERNING THE DEGREE OF WARM SECTOR

    BOUNDARY LAYER DESTABILIZATION THAT MAY OCCUR...DUE TO THE

    POSSIBILITY OF CONSIDERABLE EARLY PERIOD CONVECTION WHICH MAY SLOW

    OR INHIBIT INSOLATION. COUPLED WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED MODEL

    VARIABILITY...TOO MUCH UNCERTAINTY STILL EXISTS FOR HIGHER SEVERE

    PROBABILITIES. BUT A SIGNIFICANT CONVECTIVE DAMAGING WIND EVENT

    APPEARS A POSSIBILITY. IT MAY NOT BE OUT OF THE QUESTION THAT

    CONDITIONS COULD BECOME FAVORABLE FOR TORNADIC SUPERCELLS.

    id come with!!!!!!!

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

    I'm fuming with myself I didn't book now haha! Currently looking for the next big trough :(

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  • Location: Bamford, Rochdale
  • Weather Preferences: Summer - Storms Winter - Blizzards
  • Location: Bamford, Rochdale

    You're serious ain't ya!!!!

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  • Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Weather Preferences: Winter: Cold & Snowy, Summer: Just not hot
  • Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

    Keeping a close eye on tomorrow, good chance of seeing my first supercell :D

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

    Ooooh I see you're out there now! You got a team of students to go chase with?

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  • Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Weather Preferences: Winter: Cold & Snowy, Summer: Just not hot
  • Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

    Ooooh I see you're out there now! You got a team of students to go chase with?

    Sure do! Got 8 fellow meteorologists from Reading and the Oklahoma met students said they'll take us out during the serious storm outbreaks in spring. Already in awe of the storms we've already had and they were barely severe!

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

    The north west part of that hatched box is actually in a chaseable area! I can't remember what they grow there, cotton is it? Anyway I'll sit in Pine Bluff ready and waiting :D

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  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

    Ah Pine Bluff I spent many a happy hour in Pine Bluff. Janette is in Little Rock.. land around pine Bluff is cotton, some rice and soya beans. it is pretty good chase country.

    Tom

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  • Location: Bamford, Rochdale
  • Weather Preferences: Summer - Storms Winter - Blizzards
  • Location: Bamford, Rochdale

    Ah Pine Bluff I spent many a happy hour in Pine Bluff. Janette is in Little Rock.. land around pine Bluff is cotton, some rice and soya beans. it is pretty good chase country.

    Tom

    'to be chasing out thre now would be lovely!'

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  • Location: Bamford, Rochdale
  • Weather Preferences: Summer - Storms Winter - Blizzards
  • Location: Bamford, Rochdale

    i haveb ene watchign it on GRlevel 3 for an hour!

    cant get away from it! look what you have turned me into Tom!

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

    4 Tornado reports yesterday, 2 in Arkansas and 2 in Missisispsisispsisisppiiii. 3 injuries too Posted Image

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