I’ve added video to the photos I’ve already posted of the May 25, 2012, chase, which led me to a pretty backlit tornado in north-central Kansas. I started the day with Dave Lewison, Scott McPartland, Dayna Vettese, Brad Rousseau, and Simon Eng, but by chase’s end, we were scattered to the winds. We stopped in Great Bend, Kansas, targeting the triple point to the west where warm front and dryline met. We then drifted to Rush Center, where we met lots of chasers, and one tower went up in a hurry. This is the first storm we chased, along with a zillion other chasers, who drove like crazy people through a grid of dirt roads like a pack of rats let loose in a maze.That storm didn’t produce the cheese, but at dark, storms in the line went crazy. Some chasers reported seeing as many as five tornadoes, some at or after dark; makes me feel like a slacker for just finding one. You can see photos and video here, but just for fun, the video is below as well:
I’m still catching up on reports. All the driving is exhausting, and processing photos and video is extremely time-consuming when I don’t have a lot of time right now. You can see the index of 2012 chase photos here.