CHASE
2003
DAY #6: Through the damage path
Wednesday
07 May 2003
Springfield, MO - Chanute, KS

CHASE LOG (Honey, I lost the narrative! YIKES!)

[1330]We re-position to our west, heading back to Kansas. We have clear skies and good, strong daytime heating, but no evidence of storms nears us.  Today is someplace between a poor chase day and a good positioning day, much like DAY 1 of this trip.

1330: We stop at the roadside to see what is happening with the sky.



[1331]

(more thoughts here soon)


On our way west and a little south we decide we will try to go through Stockton, MO, a town hard hit by a tornado three days ago. The town looked like a lumber yard had been dropped on it from a mile up. As we drove through the town, we were surrounded by shattered homes and shattered lives. Three men died in this strong tornado. (Video stills coming when I get time to find/capture them).
 


TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE STOCKTON STORM AND HOW YOU CAN HELP THE VICTIMS,
SEE THE RED CROSS PAGE ON THE DISASTER.

ROUTE:

Springfield, Best Western (43,601 mi.) -- Business Loop 44 -- Post Office (Chestnut and Grant) -- (11:56 a.m.) -- Missouri 13 North (43,638 mi.) west Missouri 30 to -- STOCKTON, MO (1300-1310) -- Eldorado Springs (43,681 mi. at 1:30 p.m.) -- West US 54 (43,701 mi. at 2 p.m.) -- Nevada (14 20-15 20: lunch, Golden Corral) -- West US 54 -- FORT SCOTT -- US 69 South (43,729 mi.) -- Kansas seven South -- Kansas 39 West -- U-turn and US 169 -- Holiday Park Innl (Chanute, Kansas)



FORECAST & MODELS
[Today's forecast from two days ago] An old forecast image from the night before last is shown at left. To sum it up: "widely scatter light toward dawn with less light after dark."  

As the photos above and map below bear out, nothing much happenned weatherwise near us. If we had charge far south, we MIGHT have seen some storms around the Red River Valley VERY late in the day, but this would have put us far out of position for tomorrow, which is "progged" to be like Sunday, a major outbreak day.
MEALS & HOTEL
MEALS:
BREAKFAST: motel continental breakfast
LUNCH: road food
SUPPER: G Willikers, Main & Santa Fe, Chanute, KS - a fun eatery that is a cross between the classic Mom-n-Pop small town diner and a big city pub/eatery. The service was fast and courteous, the food was terrific, the portions generous. And David whipped me REAL good on the "Simpsons Bowling" video arcade machine. Woo-hoo! Juvenile yet satisfying pre-dinner entertainment followed by a decidely adult meal. Half of our group ate inside, half at out on the patio (where it was cooler). "I gotta remember this place," I thought. So I bought an attractively-designed G Willikers T-shirt!

MOTEL: Holiday Park Inn, Chanute, KS

OTHER REMARKS
STORM REPORTS for this wordless day are at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/030507_rpts.html.

The picture is right here:
[Storm Reports Map for 030507]

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