- 30, 2017 Severe
Donald Dolan and Tom Dolan
May 24, 2017 - Wichita, Kansas
Initial start location for 2017. Plan to drive to Colby, Kansas to
stage for Thursday's storms.
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.
Reflectivity 6:20 PM CDT.
Velocity 6:20 PM CDT.
Width 6:20 PM CDT.
Relative 6:20 PM CDT.
Close up view of the 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.
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.
Kansas National Weather Service office. Stopped by and shared the
video and photos of the prior days tornado in Oakley.
Goodland Kansas Doppler Radar.
"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
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.
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.
fall south of Joplin. Decided to stop and let if finish before
moving on towards Joplin.
Mammantus clouds highlighted by the evening sunset.
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.
Sunday May 22nd, 2011 a tornado touched down in Joplin, Missouri.
This destructive and deadly tornado went through town and was rated
The hospital was torn down and the new hospital is located near the
highway. The area is now open recreation space
Business were leveled.
New high school.
had lunch at the Red Hot & Blue before heading back to Wichita.
May 29, 2017 - Wichita, Kansas
Memorial Day. No
May 30, 2017 - Wichita, Kansas to End
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