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 May 24 - 30, 2017 Severe Weather Project

Donald Dolan and Tom Dolan

Wednesday May 24, 2017 - Wichita, Kansas

Initial start location for 2017.  Plan to drive to Colby, Kansas to stage for Thursday's storms.

Thursday May 25, 2017 - Wichita, Kansas to Scott City, Kansas

The tornado below lasted for several minutes and was located in Oakley, Kansas at the airport.  The circulation was drawn upward from the ground and lasted four minutes.  This is a camera photo taken at 23:20 Z or 6:20 PM CDT.
















The normalized rotation of the tornado going up about 30,000 feet shown below.   Radar time stamp is 23:20:29 Z or 6:20 PM CDT.














Base Reflectivity 6:20 PM CDT.










Base Velocity  6:20 PM CDT.










Spectrum Width  6:20 PM CDT.










Storm Relative 6:20 PM CDT.










Close up view of the tornado.












Tornado Warning issued on this event.















As the tornado was wrapping up a separation took place and the internal funnel can be seen as shown below.















On this earlier photo you can see an upwelling taking place behind the airplane hangers.  To the left side of the image you can see where the next one takes place only a few minutes later but is fully drawn into the cyclonic circulation.

















We continued chasing east of the storm.































Friday May 26, 2017 - Scott City, Kansas to Abilene, Kansas

The area where the Oakley Tornado took place south of the Airport was open farm land which had been harvested.  No poles, buildings or trees were present to use for damage indicators.  Provided ample soil and dust to pull up to make the dramatic photo.












Below is an overview of the tornado with the two locations were rotation was taking place.  The one on the right had previously had tried to draw up material behind the buildings.  Debris and dust was pulled up from the right.  Normalized rotation when up 30,000 feet into the storm and bottom right is the Base Velocity.  Green is wind moving in the direction of the Goodland Radar and red is moving away.
















Goodland, Kansas National Weather Service office.  Stopped by and shared the video and photos of the prior days tornado in Oakley.









Goodland Kansas Doppler Radar.















The "Big Easel" is an 80 foot tall reproduction of Vincent van Gogh's "Three Sunflowers in a Vase" painted by Canadian artist Cameron Cross.  This is located in Goodland, Kansas.






















Oakley Kansas Storm

The following is a sequence of slides put together on the storm event of 5-25-2107







































































































































































































































































































































Saturday May 27, 2017 - Abilene, Kansas to Joplin, Missouri

Travel plans for today is to stage in the lower Southeast Kansas area.









Vintage oil signs.


Forecast look like more of a hail and wind event.  Below is pulled from the Storm Predication Centers website with the potential impact areas at 7 PM CDT.















Springfield, Missouri Sounding.  Primary forecast is heavy rains, lightning, strong winds and large hail.























We worked our way between storms.  Did not see much tightening in the rotation so no storms in the area were specifically targeted.  Found numerous trees damaged, branches in roads and we worked to avoid hail cores.  We worked east and then south before electing to return to Joplin for the evening.


Hail fall south of Joplin.  Decided to stop and let if finish before moving on towards Joplin.














Joplin Rainbow.














Joplin Sunset.
























Mammantus clouds highlighted by the evening sunset.



Sunday May 28, 2017 - Joplin, Missouri to Wichita, Kansas

Toured the town of Joplin to see the development improvements since the EF-5 Tornado hit on May 22, 2011.















On Sunday May 22nd, 2011 a tornado touched down in Joplin, Missouri.  This destructive and deadly tornado went through town and was rated EF-5.






The hospital was torn down and the new hospital is located near the highway.   The area is now open recreation space



Homes were destroyed.






Business were leveled.


Trees damage.







New high school.


Businesses rebuilt.








We had lunch at the Red Hot & Blue before heading back to Wichita. 



















Monday May 29, 2017 - Wichita, Kansas

Memorial Day.  No storm activity.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 - Wichita, Kansas to End

Return flights.


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