Tuesday, June 9, 2009

VORTEX 2 Bust?

Alright, so the VORTEX 2 crew has been chasing for a month now and they have only intercepted one really good storm and that was in Wyoming last Friday. The video is very good, so if you haven't seen it, check it out:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94qCoLdpRIQ
I was hoping Kansas would come through with a good tornado for them to study, but alas, we get beat by the Cowboy State.

The only difference between this video and the one from the movie Twister is that there are no flying cows and combines in the video. And, this is not a very strong tornado, so image how it would be inside of an EF-5. This just hasn't been a good year to study tornadoes. We spent the last half of May under a huge ridge of high pressure, which meant no storms in the central or northern US. VORTEX 2 was in Kansas on Tuesday and guess what, there were no good storms for them to intercept.

We had some isolated storms pop up over parts of Kansas Tuesday afternoon. Just one tornado was reported in southwest Kansas near Greensburg. Mother Nature is just playing dirty with the residents in Kiowa county, so luckily we didn't have any major damage. The storm structure was quite amazing and that's the picture that I have for you this week.

By the way, the float trip in Missouri was fun. The weather was nearly perfect and fortunately, I remembered my sunscreen. Millie came back dog tired on Sunday. Have a great week.


Anonymous said...


Why is the radar never shown in motion anymore? I live in Eureka and the storms last night were south of Eureka. We had to look at NOAA to see the radar in motion to see which direction the storms were moving. Sometimes whoever is doing the weather will say which direction the storm is moving..but it really is nice to actually see it in motion. Just wondering.

Kayla said...

Hi,I have a question-
Sometimes when there is a severe Thunderstorm warning, I hear weathermen say to seek shelter. My partner says no, but I have noticed this warning given several times, but not all the time. I noticed because I thought it strange at the time since it was not for tornado warning or watch. Is the advice sometimes given to seek shelter in a severe Thunderstorm warning?? When and why?
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

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