Thursday, January 05, 2006
The Top 5 chases 1990-2005
#1 - May 3, 1999...Tornadoes (2)...C.Oklahoma...F5 at close range near Bridge Creek OK and as it moved into Moore OK...unbelievable F5 tornado damage...I chased solo this day, but eventually met up with Jeff Piotrowski...helped put together the documentary " Terror in the Heartland" with Jeff later in 1999.
#2 - May 17, 2000...Tornadoes (4)...WC Nebraska...the extremely photogenic F3 tornado near Brady NE...baseball hail...the tornado video became a real media magnet in the days following this awesome chase...chased with Jeff Piotrowski
#3 June 8, 1995...Tornadoes (6)...Texas Panhandle...caught the full lifespan of a large tornado in a remote area of Roberts Co. TX...the large tornado started off as a classic egg-beater structured tornado northwest of Miami and grew to a 1/2 mile wide monster as it tracked northwest...saw various other tornadoes including the late innings of the monster Allison TX tornado...a spectacular Texas Panhandle tornado outbreak...chased with Mike Morgan
#4 May 4, 2003...Tornadoes (3)...SW Missouri...watched the very violent "Franklin" KS tornado move into Barton Co. MO and then rope out near the town of Liberal...dropped south and watched the Carl Junction MO F3...and then headed east catching a distant glimpse of the F3 tornado that struck the town of Battlefield...chased with Rich Thies
#5 September 22, 2001...Tornadoes (1)...C.Nebraska...the F3 tornado which almost claimed my life made for certainly the most intense/scariest chase I could have ever possibly imagined...somehow outraced the 1/2 mile wide tornado to barely get to shelter in a nearby farmhouse...rode out the large tornado northeast of Edgar NE as the house above us got nailed and the remainder of the farm was completely wiped out. I chased with Jeff Piotrowski and was lucky to beat a 1/2 mile wide tornado in a foot race !!
#6 April 9, 1999...Tornadoes (2)...SW/C Iowa...this was probably the fastest paced chase of my career so far...watched much of the lifecycle of a long-tracked wedge F4 tornado as it barreled across the Iowa countryside from near Carbon to beyond Greenfield IA...after this one ended...caught yet another fast moving tornado (F3) near Winterset IA which moved to just beyond I-80 before dissipating. Nearly caught several other tornadoes along and south of the I-80 corridor.
#7 - #10 will be published shortly...have some tough decisions to make
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
First F3 of 2006...Georgia
SW Iowa F4 Tornado...
From the archives: Just northwest of Carbon IA (April 8, 1999)..this F4 tornado would soon level a 2 story farmhouse. This was a fantastic chase I had with Jeff Piotrowski. Photo is copyrighted Storm Productions Inc. Owasso OK