Category Archives: 1994

Tribune, KS Supercell – June 6, 1994

What was supposed to be a travel day ended up landing me on an amazing isolated supercell storm during the late evening hours.  Ironically, the following day – which was supposed to be the main chase day – ended up busting.

The high based, LP supercell was easy to see as I drove westbound out of Garden City.  When I did the math later, this storm slowly moved east at about 8 mph over the next two hours.  My chase logs show my position didn’t change for 55 minutes at one point.

After the sun had set, I decided to start searching for the largest hail I could find.  While on the west side of the updraft, I could hear large hail stones whistling as they fell, then either thudding in the mud or smashing on the highway.  I was amazed at the amount of hail which I measured between 4 and 5 inches in diameter.  The only person I saw over a two hour period was a law enforcement officer that drove through the area of large hail.  His car was destroyed, and his only words of advice, “Don’t go up there!”

After measuring my hail bounty, I watched the storm slowly move east with moonlight shining on the back side.  This day remains high on my list of days I would like to do over with my current camera gear.

Tornado at Kaw Lake, Oklahoma – May 6, 1994

This day presented a fairly easy target area over North Central Oklahoma.  An isolated supercell storm formed over Kay County and started tracking east southeastward.  While on the west side of Kaw Lake, we observed 2.25 inch hail and a slowly rotating wall cloud to the west.  The storm started to rotate stronger, but also started wrapping heavy rain around the meso-cyclone.

We found ourselves buried in rain over the east side of the lake when a tornado formed nearby just to our north.  Our close scrape with the tornado rated F1 was brief.  The tornado had a track length of about 2 1/2 miles and destroyed a few mobile homes – causing one injury – just east of the Kaw Lake Dam.

LP Supercell over Northwest Oklahoma – April 9, 1994

LP supercell north of Ringwood, Oklahoma.

LP supercell north of Ringwood, Oklahoma.

We started the day near Weatherford, OK and followed building cumulus north and northeastward before getting a severe storm which moved from Major County to Grant County.  While the storm didn’t produce any significant severe events, it was a dramatic example of a low-precipitation supercell.  It looked best here north of Ringwood.