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10 Oct

June 22, 2019 – Dusk tornado near Pritchett, Colorado

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June 22nd featured a couple of targets for chasing. A cold front was expected to slide across the plains from Kansas into the Texas Panhandle extending from a low in Northern Kansas while a post-frontal upslope regime was also expected to take hold in Eastern Colorado from the I-25 corridor east. Since I’m not a fan of southeast-northeast oriented cold fronts and I really dig chasing in Colorado, this made the decision easy.


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09 Oct

June 21, 2019 – The Winds of Northeast Colorado

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June 21st featured a couple of areas of interest across the central US for severe weather. An enhanced risk existed downstream of an MCS marching across Iowa and two other slight risk areas in North Dakota and Eastern Colorado. I’m partial to playing Colorado upslope, especially given that the following day appeared to be in Colorado as well.


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08 Oct

June 20, 2019 – Iowa Puts on a Show

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June 20th was the start of a 3-day mini chase vacation late in the season. The forecasts were looking like a day in Northeast Nebraska/Western Iowa followed by a Colorado chase then a third day yet to be determined. The first day featured two possible targets, one in southeast Montana and another along the Nebraska/Iowa border. Since the 20th was a partial work day Montana was out of the question, so Northeastern Nebraska it was!


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06 Oct

June 17, 2019 – Loup City, Nebraska

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June 17th wasn’t really a chase day, but there was a slight risk of thunderstorms northwest of town into the Nebraska Panhandle along an inverted trough that spread back to a surface low in Colorado. Moderate shear on the order of 20-30kts meant some marginal supercellular structures were possible.


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06 Oct

June 15, 2019 – Putnam, Oklahoma Tornadoes

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After spending the night in Hays, Kansas, June 15th presented another opportunity for severe weather throughout many portions of the country. A warm front across the Ohio River Valley presented the best chances for tornadoes, but I wasn’t about to drive to Illinois. My attention was towards Western Oklahoma which would be a prime position for storm development as a surface low was forecast to deepen in the Texas Panhandle. This would back surface winds throughout Western Oklahoma while a shortwave impulse pivoted through the area along with a very unstable airmass. This seemed to be a rather decent recipe for severe weather.


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