Severe Storms in Southwest Kansas

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: June 1, 2014
Chase Partners:
Jari Ylioja, Lindsey Farias, Andrew Newcomb

Chasers Encountered:
None

Miles Logged: 802
States Chased: KS, OK
Largest Hail Encountered: 1.75"
Highest Wind Encountered: 80MPH
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

After getting back from the Grand Canyon/Vegas/Zion, Jari and I had one possible last chase day before he headed back to Finland on June 2nd.

We headed up I-35 to I-135 with an initial target near Russell, but decided to head west out of McPherson. We intercepted our first storm near Dighton which had some good lightning and wind. I didn’t have much luck with the lightning trigger, though, only getting 1 bolt.

We headed south eventually towards Sublette where we intercepted more storms and followed them across Kansas before deciding to give up. As we did, the storms seemed to really intensify showing very large VIL cores and some high winds outbound from KDDC radar just east of Meade.

We encountered 1-1.75″ hail and winds in excess of 60 MPH. The storm was super intense and a good way to send off our friend from Finland.

Eventually we ended up near Ashland shooting a sunset and lightning. Most of it didn’t come out, but I got some decent shots.