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CHASE2011 Season Summary

 

CHASE 2011 DAILY JOURNAL
DATE DAY START END MILES REMARKS
IL/IA CHASES/SPOTTING:
10 April Sunday Bolingbrook IL Waterloo IA (RT) Identified tornadic supercell, tornado not reachable
29 May Sunday Bolingbrook IL Peotone IL (RT) Fast moving (60MPH) cells; mostly a test drive of new SpotterNetwork software
GREAT PLAINS CHASES:
MAY: 4143 mi
SEE ALSO:
Chrys Tremththanmor’s Stormchasing 2011 blog

Bill Reid’s chase blog
Brian Morganti’s chase blog

MAP: May 2011 chasing in the central Great Plains

15 May Sunday Bolingbrook IL Oklahoma City OK The Air Up There
16 May Monday Oklahoma City OK Childress TX 221 Positioning Day
17 May Tuesday Childress TX Liberal KS 348 Ft Morgan, CO storm 250 miles away (sigh)
18 May Wednesday Liberal KS Pratt KS 403 Another CO storm (sigh)
19 May Thursday Pratt KS Great Bend KS 265 Just Another Day in Kansas (2011): Good storms,  almost a tornado
20 May Friday Great Bend KS Wichita KS 246 Core Punch at Preston
21 May Saturday Wichita KS Emporia KS 366 Rotating Wall Cloud at Wichita
22 May Sunday Emporia KS Sapulpa OK 476 Southwest City, MO tornado (near Joplin)
23 May Monday Sapulpa OK Guthrie OK 375 O’Keene, KS tornado (brief)
24 May Tuesday Guthrie OK Independence KS 320 High risk, low reward
25 May Wednesday Independence KS Poplar Bluff MO 529 Ellsinore, MO tornado
26 May Thursday Poplar Bluff MO Glenpool OK 485 Long drive back
27 May Friday Glenpool OK Bolingbrook IL 109
+flight
Homeward bound
28 May Saturday Bolingbrook IL Epilogue

COLOR CODE
Plan was to not chase GRAY
Planned Chase Day (future) YELLOW
Available to chase; no weather (“blue-skied”) BLUE
Chase Day (available and expect stormy weather) GREEN
Weather Stormy, but not available for chasing RED
BUST DAY – no severe storms where we looked!
ORANGE
Training Day
WHITE
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CHASE2010 Season Summary


CHASE 2010 DAILY JOURNAL
DATE DAY START END MILES REMARKS
IL/IN CHASES/SPOTTING:
29 May 2010 Saturday Bolingbrook IL Topeka KS Storms out of range to my west
30 May 2010 Sunday Topeka KS Altoona IA Visit Greensburg, KS; saw some HP cells; drove in ‘car wash’ between Emporia and Kansas City
31 May 2010 Monday Altoona IA Bolingbrook IL Get home and get rested for work
06 June 2010 Saturday Bolingbrook IL (RT) Quincy IL Right places, wrong times; missed Streator/Dwight/Kankakee tornado(es)
27 June 2010 Sunday Bolingbrook IL (RT) Indianapolis IN 534 Lots o’ Lighting and a visit to Paris (IL)


COLOR CODE
Plan was to not chase GRAY
Planned Chase Day (future) YELLOW
Available to chase; no weather (“blue-skied”) BLUE
Chase Day (available and expect stormy weather) GREEN
Weather Stormy, but not available for chasing RED
BUST DAY – no severe storms where we looked!
ORANGE
Training Day
WHITE

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CHASE2004 SEASON SUMMARY

CHASE2004 SEASON SUMMARY


CHASE 2004 DAILY JOURNAL

SEASONAL TRAINING: To better appreciate the processes going on in storms and to stay safe, I take classroom training each year
DATE
DAY
START

STOP

MILES
REMARKS
06 Mar 2004
Saturday
Bolingbrook
IL
– Wheaton
IL

Advanced Spotter Training (DuPage EMA)
17 Mar 2004
Wednesday
Bolingbrook
IL
– Plainfield
IL

Basic Spotter Training (BARS,PRL)
03 Apr 2004
Saturday
Bolingbrook
IL
– Batavia
IL

FermiLab Weather Seminar (w/Tom Skilling)

GREAT/SOUTHERN PLAINS CHASES
To keep the look and feel of supercell storms fresh in my mind
CHASE #1
TEMPEST TOURS (commercial tour)
10 days – 4797 chase miles, 8 people
[Flag-USA]
UK flag
Japan  flag
  1. Lead vehicle (8): LEAD: Bill Reid (Westlake Village, CA;KG6FWX),
    DRIVER: Scott Weberpal (Janesville,WI);
    PASSENGERS: Lisa Beal (Bolingbrook, IL;KC9BST), Heather Taluba (NJ),
    Jack Bolo (Burlington, NC)
    , Joel Emilio (S.CA), Dustin Aldridge (S.CA), Samantha McGrath (Bristol, UK)
  2. Part-time lead vehicle (Day 2) (2): Martin Lisius [days ??-??] (Arlington,TX;KC5TQI), Erin Brown (TX)
  3. Media guests (Days3-4) (2): Fuji TV (Mashu, Ken)
  4. Nearby chasers: Blake Naftel, Keith Brown, Kinney Adams, Chris Kridler
DATE
DAY
START

STOP

MILES
REMARKS
27 April 2004
Tuesday Bolingbrook IL -Dallas TX

PROLOGUE
28 April 2004
Wednesday Bolingbrook IL -Abilene TX
183 TRAVEL: Check-in; meet the team; chase/position
29 April 2004
Thursday Abilene
TX
-Wichita Falls
TX

415

DAY #01: Making the most of a so-so day
30 April 2004
Friday Wichita Falls
TX
-Temple TX

 

425
DAY #02: Mo Wind, Mo Better
01 May 2004
Saturday Temple
TX -Fort Worth TX

 

242
DAY #03: An Outside Chance for a Storm
02 May 2004
Sunday Fort Worth
TX -Springfield
MO

 

565
DAY #04: Missouri Misery!
03 May 2004
Monday Springfield
MO
-Nevada
MO

 

95
DAY #05: Stockton Revisited
04 May 2004
Tuesday Nevada
MO -Altoona
IA

 

426
DAY #06: Re-positioning Day
05 May 2004
Wednesday Altoona
IA -Fairmont
MN 558
DAY #07: Capped in Dakota
06 May 2004
Thursday
Fairmont
MN -Clinton
IA

 

368
DAY #08: Curses, capped again!
07 May 2004
Friday Clinton
IA – ?
??
???
DAY #09:
08 May 2004
Saturday ?
?? – ?
??
???
DAY #10:
09 May 2004 Sunday ? ?? -Arlington TX ??? RETURN FROM FIELD

CHASE #2:
PRIVATE TOUR
3 days – 2664 miles, 4 people

[Flag-USA]
UK flag

    1. LEAD:  Scott Weberpal (Janesville,WI); PASSENGERS: Lisa Beal (Bolingbrook, IL;KC9BST), Heather (NJ),
      Samantha (Bristol, UK)
    2. Nearby chasers: Tempest Tours (tour #2; Bill Reid, Chris Gullickson), Jim Leonard, many others

 

 

DATE
DAY
START

STOP

MILES
REMARKS
09 May 2004 Sunday Arlington
TX
-Wichita
KS
374
TRAVEL TO FIELD: (TBD)
10 May 2004 Monday Wichita
KS
-Limon
CO
481
DAY #01: Limon Mini-Outbreak (coming soon!).
See Scott Weberpal’s photos from Limon for now.
11 May 2004 Tuesday Limon
CO
-Norfolk
NE
499
DAY #02: Bustola!
12 May 2004 Wednesday Norfolk
NE
Kansas City
MO
798
DAY #03: Attica Attacker
13 May 2004 Thursday Kansas City
MO
-Bolingbrook
IL
512 TRAVEL: Long Road Home
14 May 2004 Friday Bolingbrook IL EPILOGUE

IL/IN CHASES/SPOTTING:
Storms in the ‘hood!
DATE
DAY
START

STOP

MILES
REMARKS
01 March 2004
Monday Bolingbrook
IL



A very early start to the season, with 68mph winds in Huntley, severe hail in DeKalb, and an unconfirmed tornado in south central Wisconsin.
20 April 2004 Tuesday Bolingbrook
IL
Crown Point
IN
Follow-up trip to surgeon! As I was driving away from home, tornado warnings went up. As this happened during our normal ARES net drill, it took me a moment to use NOAA WX radio to confirm this was real. Utica, IL knew it was no drill! See a Utica photo gallery, NWS/LOT’s summary and a related ARRL article for more.


COLOR CODE

Plan was to not chase GRAY
Planned Chase Day (future) YELLOW
Available to chase; no weather (“blue-skied”) BLUE
Chase Day (have partner and stormy weather) GREEN
No-Partner Day (Weather stormy, no partner) RED
Weather Stormy, but not available for chasing PURPLE
BUST DAY – no severe storms where we looked!
ORANGE
Training Day
WHITE

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