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Tuesday

21 May 1998

Fort Collins, CO to Elsie, NE

 
TRAVEL Fort Collins, CO to Elsie, NE (round trip)
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0018GMT: Tornado warning issued for Venango. We are at Sidney, and we go south on NE 61 immediately (through waypoint #2, shown above). 

0044GMT: We enter Grant from the north (#3), and we see a well-defined supercell storm base, complete with a crisp arcus cloud, rain core, rain-free base, and a 'beaver tail' that extends for miles. I grab a photo for posterity. We now know we chose the right cell to track. The problem: we are north of the ESEs-moving cell. 

0100GMT: We travel west to Venango (#4) on slick, wet roads. In attempt to go south to US 6 and attack the storm from the SE quadrant, we head south from the town, but the road turns to gravel, making us REALLY nervous. We abort (#5) and head back towards Brandon (#7). We backtrack on NE 23 to Grant. 

0133GMT: A torndo warning for 11 mi S of Madrid is issued. We continue E on NE 23 (to #8), but black clouds loom ahead. The wind shifts from due east to north abruptly. Whoa! We take a look quickly at two sets of clouds moving in opposite directions, preceive that we may be UNDER developing rotation, and decide to retreat to Grant. 

0204GMT: Another tornado warning is issued for our storm, but we cannot reach the warning area safely. We disengage, but the day is far from being a bust. Except for spotting the tornado itself, our day is complete and gratifying. 

Four  lessons learned: 
 

  1. A multi-band scanner is a good investment for around $350. My chaser shopping list has this added now.
  2. A GPS-GIS system is wonderful, but it may not mark dirt/gravel roads. 

  3. "When you have doubts, use just numbered routes" seems to be the rule here. 
  4. You don't have to see the tornado to enjoy chasing the storm
  5. A good chase partner is the most important part of chasing, as far as I'm concerned (Thanks, Robert!)
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NWS/PUBLIC 
SEVERE WEATHER 
OBSERVATIONS
...on our storm were collaborated on the Weather Channel. Our storm was marked with one of the red tornado indicaters!  NWS/public severe weather observations (SWOs) are as follows: 

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  NORTH PLATTE NE  
804 PM CDT THU MAY 21 1998  
  
TIME(CDT)  .....CITY LOCATION.....STATE   ...EVENT/REMARKS...  
           ....COUNTY LOCATION....  
  
0730 PM    VENANGO                   NE   1.25 INCH HAIL  
05/21/99   PERKINS  
  
KR  

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT    
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  NORTH PLATTE NE    
812 PM CDT THU MAY 21 1998    
    
TIME(CDT)  .....CITY LOCATION.....STATE   ...EVENT/REMARKS...    
           ....COUNTY LOCATION....    
    
0745 PM    8 SW GRANT                NE   TORNADO    
05/21/98   PERKINS                        TORNADO 8W AND 8S    
    
KR    
   
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  NORTH PLATTE NE  
919 PM CDT THU MAY 21 1998  
  
TIME(CDT)  .....CITY LOCATION.....STATE   ...EVENT/REMARKS...  
           ....COUNTY LOCATION....  
  
0800 PM    7 NNE LAMAR               NE   1.75 INCH HAIL  
05/21/98   CHASE  
  
0800 PM    10 SSW GRANT              NE   1.00 INCH HAIL  
05/21/98   PERKINS  
  
SPARKER  

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  NORTH PLATTE NE  
945 PM CDT THU MAY 21 1998  
  
TIME(CDT)  .....CITY LOCATION.....STATE   ...EVENT/REMARKS...  
           ....COUNTY LOCATION....  
  
0905 PM    7 SSW GRANT               NE   1.75 INCH HAIL  
05/21/98   PERKINS  
  
ROBERG  
  
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  NORTH PLATTE NE  
911 PM CDT THU MAY 21 1998  
  
TIME(CDT)  .....CITY LOCATION.....STATE   ...EVENT/REMARKS...  
           ....COUNTY LOCATION....  
  
0905 PM    HAYES CENTER              NE   4.50 INCH HAIL  
05/21/98   HAYES  
  
0910 PM    HAYES CENTER              NE   1.75 INCH HAIL  
05/21/98   HAYES  
  
SLM   
 

ACCOMODATIONS were not required. I met Robert Kennedy (not the dead senator!) at I-25 and Harmony Rd. near Ft. Collins. We chased from 1:30pm until 12:40 am.
RESTAURANTS were plentiful at the Sidney exit off I-80. The Country Kitchen there is brand new, but our server provided the service expected from a restaurant veteran. My calico bean soup and country garden salad arrived promptly, and were prepared to perfection. The meal (including bottomless glass of iced tea) was around $9 with tip.
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