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The severe weather season is underway and we will add to this when we have an opportunity ... one interesting event happened on May 26th, we witnessed a tornado near Rossville/Silver Lake, KS, that we reported via telephone to proper authorities yet the cell was never issued with an actual tornado warning.  We submitted an official storm report along with our video documenting the event with the NWS office in Topeka and we are waiting to see if it will appear on the SPC's past storm reports page ... 

Electrifying and late is the best words to describe this severe weather season.  It had been several years since we had been mesmerized with so many late night lightning shows featuring anvil crawlers (our personal favorite), CCs (cloud to cloud), CGs (cloud to ground), and even a confirmed GC (ground to cloud).  Two leaders sprouting upwards through the cloud base and branching off into the night sky were caught on camera July 16th in Bethany, MO, and the still image below made an appearance on KSHB's 4, 5, 6 and 10 o'clock newscasts.  And, about a week after severe season usually shuts down in our neck of the woods, we encountered a tornado that not only was our first tornado in the month of July but it was also the closest tornado we have chased near our home (less than 18 miles).  The July 1st, Lee's Summit, MO, tornado was brief, did minimal damage and thankfully, no injuries were reported.  The high school parking lot from where we filmed the following video of the EF1 that touched down just a couple minutes later was the location of a temporary fireworks tent that was nearly a complete loss, yet the city pulled together and rebuilt it before the Fourth of July.


After the life changing occurrences that we endured last year, we were not as enthusiastic as usual to take part in our normal preparations for the season.  We had some decent chases but our hearts were not really there.  We welcomed the slower paced storms and we were bestowed with a lot of exceptional weather.  We witnessed some rather rare anticrepuscular rays (June 30th, Princeton, MO), a peculiar dust storm with a horizon rainbow (August 8th, Colorado Springs, CO) and an uncommon rainbow touching the ground (October 1st, Rich Hill, MO).  Please see the following photos in order below; these images were breathtaking and made us count our blessings once again:


We now have our cards certifying we have successfully completed the American Heart Association's BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) Program.  This severe season was overwhelming and we had to pause for "station identification" after the El Reno, OK, tornado.  We decided to participate in The El Reno Survey Project (please see link directly below) because this event affected us deeply.  We can honestly say that after that experience, Dean's quote really sums it all up:  "We were glad we were there but wish we would have missed it".  The entire year was a difficult one for us with so many losses in several areas of both of our lives as well.

We are very proud to announce we have completed our CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training this year, a goal finally accomplished.  We did ArtWalks and the Weather Awareness Day again like last year as well.  The spring and fall severe seasons never really materialized within "our chasing zone" and it was a quiet year for us.  However, there were a lot of storm reports in all directions away from us, just out of our reach.  Leslie volunteered to assist at a call center to help the people affected by Hurricane Sandy and Dean worked on various storm chase projects and improvements for the chase vehicle.  While vacationing in The Florida Keys in the summer, we did see two very, very brief waterspouts ... that has been about it "weatherwise".

Not long after we attended the 13th annual National Storm Chasers Convention or "ChaserCon" in Denver, Colorado, we were on a chase in early April, just outside of Mapleton, Iowa, and we closed in on the outer circulation of a large tornado (later rated an EF-3).  As the tornado moved off to the Northeast, we entered the town while small debris was still falling from the sky; it was a surreal scene!  There was major damage to buildings, trees and power lines.  We called for emergency assistance and asked the people we saw if they needed immediate help.  Fortunately, there were no fatalities and only a few serious injuries.  Our video was not in focus some of the time but is was not really our focus at the time.  You can view this minute long clip by clicking the link below ...

Memorial Day weekend was a success for us again at a new level.  We were near Campo, Colorado, and caught a very slow moving isolated supercell by early afternoon and chased this same cell until dark.  The SPC (Storm Prediction Center) had only a 2% chance for tornadoes that day.  However, we witnessed five tornadoes in all, capturing three with stills, video and live stream. The first tornado filmed lasted longer than any we've seen so far and the second tornado filmed was absolutely the most photogenic we've ever experienced ~ a tornado with a rainbow next to it!  You can view this minute long clip by clicking the link below ...

It was late June and we were in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a concert the night before.  The next morning, we woke up to find out we were in perfect position for an unexpected stormchase.  A moderate risk had already been issued with a 10% chance for tornadoes.  We did not have our chase equipment or a video camera (just like in Leslie's dreams).  At least we had our weather radio (that Dean always brings) so we picked up a free Iowa map and a disposable camera.  The pictures turned out terrible as you can see below, but regardless, we saw a funnel cloud and a tornado and learned a lesson - BE READY ...

On Memorial Day weekend, east of Parkersburg, Iowa, on the PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) day that produced the EF5, we intercepted a tornado from the same supercell.  The sky that day was an ominous charcoal black, the darkest we have ever seen, and we did not know of the fatalities and devastation until the next day.  This event influenced our decision to become licensed Ham Radio operators and every year, we plan to become more prepared for emergencies.  Below is a photo of the tornado from that day and a still from the radar image off of our laptop screen ...




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