Archive for May, 2011

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 26, 2011

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Currently en-route from Memphis, TN to Denver Yesterday: Tough chase across Arkansas yesterday.  Targeted northeast Arkansas in in an area where the terrain was reasonable to run ops.  Isolated storms initiated just west of Little Rock around 3:30 PM, and quickly became supercells.  For some reason, most of these ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 25, 2011

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Currently crossing the border into Arkansas Last couple of days: On Sunday, TWISTEX intercepted a long-live tornado producing supercell that produced multiple tornadoes in the hills of northeast Oklahoma near Dripping Springs, OK.  Although the local terrain provided significant challenges, the group was able to observe multiple touchdowns along ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 22, 2011

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Currently in Leavenworth, Kansas Yesterday: Intercepted tornado producing supercell that crossed over Topeka last night.  Watched in disbelief as the strong rotation crossed right over downtown Topeka.  Fortunately, it did not produce any tornadoes until the storm moved northeast of Topeka.  Partially blocked by trees, team members witnessed ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 19, 2011

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Currently driving to Kansas Past couple of days: While enroute to St. Louis on Thursday, we intercepted four tornadoes north of York, NE.  Since we were in a loaner vehicle (TWISTEX truck broke down again in southern MN during a chase). We drove to St. Louis Thursday evening/Friday morning for RADAR ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 10, 2011

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Currently driving to west central Minnesota Past couple of days: Near total cap bust for TWISTEX on Sunday and Monday.  Sunday, we targeted the eastern Nebraska area, and storms developed near Presho, SD, where a weak, very short-lived tornado developed. Monday, we targeted an area near Murdo, where storms actually developed ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 8, 2011

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Past few days: Assisted with the relief effort in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama clearing trees and assisting with the search effort.  Amazing damage with homes totally destroyed, and trees completely stripped. One of the amazing facts we've heard is that collectively there are roughly 1,000 miles of tornado tracks ...