Storm Chase May 16-20, 2013

I took 11 days off to chase storms this May. After nearly a week with no storms, I got antsy and headed north to South Dakota, where it looked like storms would form in a couple days. I spent a day exploring the Badlands area. Storms developed farther to the south the next few days; so I ended up driving through Nebraska and on through Kansas Oklahoma and north Texas before returning to Colorado. 5 days, 2,400 miles, and three tornadoes along with numerous powerful storms--quite a trip!

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Badlands Storm

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands Storm. Afternoon thunderstorms move through the Badlands. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Flowers and Storms

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Flowers and Storms. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Kansas Supercell

Near Hays, Kansas

Kansas Supercell Stromg winds swirl around the base of a tornadic supercell in central Kansas. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Hail for Hays

Near Hays, Kansas

Hail for Hays. Tennis Ball sized hail falls from this Kansas storm. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Kansas Mothership

Central Kansas

Kansas Mothership Supercell takes on a 'mothership' appearance. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Downburst

Central Kansas

Downburst A microburst, or strong downward winds, kicks up dust at the base of a Kansas thunderstorm. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Silver Crown

Central Kansas

Silver Crown. Sun rays light the back of a thunderstorm.

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Supercell Sunset

Great Bend, Kansas

Supercell Sunset Ask any storm chasser; the sunsets produced by tornadic supercell thunderstorms are incredibly vivid! Note the faint lightning strike in the background. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Electric Sunset

Great Bend, Kansas

Electric Sunset A powerful lightning bolt strikes from the base of a severe thunderstorm at sunset. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Invisible Threat

Viola, Kansas

Invisible Threat. A tornado drops from a Kansas supercell thunderstorm. This tornado has no condensation funnel, but you can see it is a tornado from the debris cloud and cloud funnel. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Gray Spin

Haysville, Kansas

Gray Spin. Brief tornado drops from a supercell in southern Kansas. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Twisted

Clearwater, Kansas

Twisted A tornado ropes out above my head. This tornado formed right behind me as I was chasing the parent storm. It was probably no more than a couple hundred yards away. I lost my nerve and floored it to get ahead of the twister; by the time I pulle dover the tornado was already dissipating. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Extreme Instability

Central Kansas

Extreme Instability. Massive turbulence in a severe storm. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Electric Company

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Electric Company I pulled off the road and walked out into a field to photograph this amazing lightning display over a power plant in northern Oklahoma. Lighting strikes were occurring nearly constantly throughout the storm. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Electric Company II

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Electric Company II. Amazing vivid colors from non-stop lighting from an Oklahoma supercell. The power plant is dwarfed by natures power. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Electric Company III

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Electric Company III A severe thunderstorm puts on an amazing display over a power plant in northern Oklahoma. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Cauliflower CLouds

Central Kansas

Cauliflower Clouds Strong updrafts cause towering thunderstorms to take on a strikig appearance. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Wall Cloud

Southern Oklahoma

Wall Cloud A rotating wall cloud forms at the base of a supercell thunderstorm. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Mercy

Elmore City, Oklahoma

Mercy. A large wall cloud develops on a monster supercell in Oklahoma. This was the storm just south of the killer tornado that hit Moore on May 20, 2013. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Texas Trouble

Vernon, Texas

Texas Trouble. Strong storm moves through a Texas wheat field. The green color is caused by large hail suspended in the cloud. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Big Texan

Amarillo, Texas

Big Texan What storm chase would be complete without a stop at the Big texan, home of the 72 Oz steak? :). Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.