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Chase Accounts

Here, chase accounts of noteworthy days are provided. If you also chased on one of these days, feel free to e-mail me so we can discuss the day. Enjoy!

Note: Due to increased demands on my personal time, I've had to scale down the amount of chase accounts I'll be writing. For those days without accounts, the pertinent information relating to the chase day in question can be found in the accompanying text on the WX Photo pages.

Year 2005 Chases

March 21, 2005: (No chase account; Pics are online) Observed a low-topped supercell and a nice tornado near Paris, TX.
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June 11, 2005: (No chase account; Pics are online) Observed a supercell along with tornadoes near Wayside, TX.
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June 12, 2005: (No chase account; Pics are online) Tornado outbreak in the southern Texas Panhandle
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Year 2004 Chases

March 27, 2004: (No chase account; Pics are online) Observed two west Oklahoma supercells along with the Butler, Custer City, and Okarche tornadoes.
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May 22, 2004: (No chase account; No worthwhile images) A frustrating day - observed a violent supercell as it transitioned into an HP but arrived a few minutes too late for the significant tornadoes it produced.
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May 29, 2004: Redemption for May 22! Intercepted an intense supercell in north-central Kansas and observed five tornadoes near Scottsville and Jamestown.
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June 12, 2004: This day made the year! Observed from close proximity the beautiful yet unfortunately destructive white Mulvane tornado poised with a rainbow and also the Rock tornado at sunset.
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June 20, 2004: (No chase account; Pics are online) A good high plains/front range chase with two intense supercells and a brief tornado southwest of Calhan, CO with the first storm.
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June 21, 2004: (No chase account; Pics are online) Intercepted two supercells near Amarillo, TX and observed two confirmed tornadoes near Bushland.
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Year 2003 Chases

April 5, 2003: Observed the Aspermont, Texas supercell and tornado along with damaging baseball-size hail.
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May 3, 2003: (No chase account; Pics are online) Intercepted a beautifully sculpted supercell and possible tornado near Rule, Texas.
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May 4, 2003: Intercepted an intense supercell that spawned a long-track killer tornado that hit Pierce City, Missouri.
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June 17, 2003: (No chase account; Pics are online) Landscape photos and a picturesque Wyoming storm that produced a weak tornado south of Cheyenne.
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June 20, 2003: (No chase account; Pics are online) A well-structured yet outflow-dominant supercell and a funnel near Sterling, Colorado.
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June 22, 2003: (No chase account; Pics are online) Intercepted a cyclic supercell that displayed strong rotation east of Aurora, Nebraska.
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June 24, 2003: An incredible outbreak of tornadoes in South Dakota from Mt. Vernon to north of De Smet, including the Manchester F4 wedge.
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Year 2002 Chases

March 29, 2002: Observed the Cash, Arkansas supercell and funnel (tornado?) and the Weiner, Arkansas supercell and mesocyclone.
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March 30, 2002: (No chase account; Pics are online) A Texas chase; intercepted the intense Limestone County tornadic supercell and mesocyclone as it entered Freestone County and observed a squall line near Cleburne, Texas.
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April 7, 2002: (No chase account; Pics are online) Another Texas chase; intercepted the Throckmorton County supercell but missed the large cone tornado. Also viewed a fast moving and turbulent shelf cloud move through Denton.
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April 13, 2002: (No chase account; Pics are online) Yes, another Texas chase; intercepted an LP supercell near Lockney, a splitting supercell near New Deal, and witnessed a beautiful sunset near Plainview.
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May 5, 2002: The most successful chase I've had to date. Intercepted the cyclic supercell near Happy, Texas and observed four tornadoes.
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June 1, 2002: (No chase account; Pics are online) Lightning near Axtell, Nebraska.
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June 3, 2002: (No chase account; Pics are online) Intercepted supercells near Limon and Flagler, Colorado and experienced copious amounts of golfball-size hail.
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June 4, 2002: (No chase account; Pics are online) Observed two supercells near Lubbock, Texas.
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June 8, 2002: Intercepted two supercells near Biddle, Montana. The first was a beautiful "mothership" LP, and the second exhibited a nice meso and RFD.
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June 10, 2002: Observed a supercell that exhibited much cloud-base rotation and produced a large dust-whirl tornado near Stockham, Nebraska.
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June 11, 2002: (No chase account; Pics are online) An intense chase in which the chaser became the chasee near Kanapolis, Kansas. A low-contrast tornado was also observed west of Ellsworth.
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June 12, 2002: (No chase account; Pic is online) A bust chase but captured what is perhaps my best lightning photo to date.
Picture from this day.
June 15, 2002: (No chase account; Pics are online) Intercepted a supercell and observed a weak tornado near Satanta, Kansas along with wind damage produced by another supercell near Goodnight, Texas.
Picture from this day.

Year 2001 Chases

February 24, 2001: Severe bow-echo near Muskogee, Ok. and very close funnel near Augusta, Arkansas.
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March 31, 2001: An Arkansas chase from Quitman to Brinkley. Observed storm structure and copious amounts of hail.
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April 6, 2001: High risk bust in southwest Kansas.
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April 14, 2001: Supercell with funnel near Roosevelt, Oklahoma, and a beautiful supercell at sunset near Mabelle, Texas.
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May 20, 2001: East Oklahoma supercell and a brief but close tornado near Enterprise, Oklahoma.
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May 26, 2001: LP supercell and beautiful sunset near Plainview, Texas.
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May 27, 2001: MCS and associated dust storm in Kansas.
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May 28, 2001: Observed training "mothership" supercells and a funnel/tornado near Trinidad, Colorado.
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May 29, 2001: (No chase account; Pics are online) A day of frustration and disappointment. Watched a supercell die in the Texas panhandle and missed the White Deer, Texas tornado and Lamar, Colorado landspouts. Enough said; no chase account for this day.
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May 30, 2001: Beautiful New Mexico supercell and large, damaging hail at the New Mexico/Texas border on I-40.
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June 5, 2001: Observed violent rotation in a couple of supercells, two funnels/possible tornadoes near Woodward, Oklahoma, and gorgeous lightning.
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July 12, 2001: A wall cloud in Conway, AR and lightning photos.
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November 23, 2001: Intercepted three supercells, close CG's, and a probable tornado near Hunt, AR.
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November 26, 2001: Observed the F2-rated Star City, AR tornado.
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Year 2000 Chases

January 3, 2000: Well formed shelf cloud and brief lowerings near Beebe, Arkansas.
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February 18, 2000: Close wall cloud in Conway, Arkansas.
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March 26, 2000: Supercell in southeast Oklahoma. Storm structure and well-organized mesocyclone.
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April 15, 2000: Squall line, tail-end charlie, and beautiful mammatus in southwest Oklahoma/northwest Texas.
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April 23, 2000: Southwest Arkansas supercell, mesocyclone w/RFD, Howard County funnel/possible tornado, and beautiful sunset. Note:Upon further review of video and checking of Storm Data, the feature seen this day was probably not a tornado (8/28/00).
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May 22, 2000: Picturesque LP supercell near Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
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May 29, 2000: Tail-end charlie supercell, Hershey, Nebraska tornado, huge dust storm ahead of an MCS, and a beautiful five layer shelf cloud.
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Year 1999 Chases

April 2nd, 1999: Distant supercell in central Oklahoma.
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April 3rd, 1999: Early morning gust front, afternoon gust front with photogenic shelf cloud and a gustnado near Vilonia, Arkansas.
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April 8th, 1999: Low-topped LP supercell over Oark, Arkansas.
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April 24th, 1999: Distant severe storm near Vicksburg, Mississippi.
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May 4, 1999: High risk bust with low-level grunge.
May 30, 1999: Photogenic wall cloud and well-formed mammatus in south central Nebraska.
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May 31, 1999: Two tornadoes near Meade, Kansas and storm structure.
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June 1, 1999: Storm structure, large hail, and a double rainbow in north Texas.
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June 2, 1999: Nazareth, Texas tornado, developing wall cloud, storm structure, and lightning.
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July 10, 1999: Two gust fronts and a very brief non-rotating wall cloud in Arkansas.
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August 8, 1999: Hybrid shelf/wall cloud(?) and a nice sunset.
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August 13, 1999: Storm structure of a severe storm near Little Rock, Arkansas.
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December 4, 1999: Early morning lightning in North Texas, numerous mammatus, and a rain-wrapped mesocyclone near Marshall, Texas.
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