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2012 Year in Review: Another Memorable Year

Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM MST

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Tagged: Year In Review


Epic Spring Grand Finale

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM MST

AMBER, OK -- Another round of severe weather brought quite the grand finale to May here in Central Oklahoma. With a Moderate Risk up, all of Oklahoma west of Interstate 35 was fair game for a target area.

Just after 3 PM, storms began to explode on the dryline in the far eastern Texas Panhandle. I set off from Norman headed west on Highway 9 to see what I could see. An area of interest quickly became apparent, as a supercell near Childress, Texas went Tornado Warned. Numerous storms were headed into southwestern Oklahoma so I dropped south on Highway 58 out of Carnegie, OK. Unfortunately these storms did not offer much in the way of good photo opps. The cluster of storms looked just like a cloudy day from where I was.

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Tagged: Lightning, Memorable


Destructive Hailstorms Pound the Oklahoma City Metro

Posted on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM MST

BLANCHARD, OK -- Destructive hailstorms pounded the Oklahoma City metro on May 29th, bringing enormous hail, 80 mph winds, and a few tornadoes to the area.

Storms formed in the late afternoon near Lawton, OK and started moving to the northeast. One was particularly persistent and long-lived and was tracking right up Interstate 44. I left home around 6:30 PM and headed west on Highway 9 to chase it.

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Tagged: Hail


Gentleman's Chase Offers Instant Redemption

Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM MST

NORMAN, OK -- There is no more satisfying redemption from a 500-plus mile bust than a gentleman's chase...when the storms come to you. In the evening hours, two lone severe thunderstorms formed to the southwest of the Oklahoma City metro and started tracking northeast towards Norman and points south.

I could not have been in better position standing on my front porch. I have an open view to the south and southeast, which is exactly where these storms passed. The optics were spectacular, with several rainbows and a few light beams coming through the clouds. I just stood on the front porch with my camera, and documented the storm as it passed. Eventually, Norman was put under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and I was forced inside due to rain, gusty winds, and some small hail. Pea to dime-sized hail fell in my back yard. We were treated to a pretty spectacular sunset as the storm pulled away, too.

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Tagged: Thunderstorm


Epic Clear Sky Bust in Southwest Kansas

Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM MST

ASHLAND, KS -- A week after getting what will likely be my photo of the year as beautiful tornadoes touched down near Harper, KS, I was back in the Sunflower State and got to experience the complete opposite end of the spectrum in one of the most spectacular busts I've ever had.

The SPC had a Moderate Risk up for southeast Nebraska, extending down into central Kansas, with storms set to erupt on a dryline that was coming into Kansas and northwest Oklahoma. After I punched out from underneath a low cloud layer over west-central Oklahoma, there was nothing but blue skies. I didn't think much of it, figuring it was still early and the dryline was still way west of where I was.

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Tagged: Bust


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