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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Here you can see the temperature, relative humidity, pressure and altitude graph. The temperature drops as it gets exposed to being outside after being in the car. The pressure drops as the altitude increases, then it reverses during landing approach. The RH rises during the flight and then spikes as the plane hits the snow on landing ( the large jump on the right).
Here is the GPS track. The flight was approximately 8 mins long and 8.2 kM traveled. A second GPS will allow me to find the craft after it is tossed by the tornado and ends up in a farm field out in Tornado Alley!
WX data logger: 5 sec updates. 2 hr 45 min record time.
Video: 720 x 480. 30fps. 1 hr record time.
GPS: 1 sec updates.
Check out this video by John Hallen!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
After being sidelined by the baseball hail of the June 5th, 2009 La Grange, WY tornado and seeing the video from the Discovery Channel's Smash Lab tests of Rhino Linings against dynamite blasts I decided to Rhino Line my brand new 2009 Subaru Outback. Scott Pfeffer of Rhino Linings of Golden did an awesome job! I could not be happier with the results and next storm season I will be testing against the biggest hail I can find! Glass will be bulletproofed with double layers of laminate. Check out this video below:
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
TVN and Radiance Technologies RC Superhauler featured in last Sunday's Discovery Storm Chasers Episode 6 is a 30k system consisting of the following components:
First you have a 12 foot wingspan custom built airframe, RC radio and transmitter (2.4 GHz) with power booster and a 2-stroke (maybe 4) gas engine.
Second there's at least two cameras on the plane itself. One is a belly mounted swivel camera with radio downlink to the support truck and the second is a Contour HD helmet cam mounted to the tail. The plane has GPS waypoint navagation that can fly a preprogrammed path and then return to it's launch point and circle until the pilot picks it up and lands it. Eight of the probes record temp, pressure and dewpoint for later download (radioing these real-time to the truck at 900Mhz would be a better solution with no loss of data if the probe is lost). Two of the probes carry Contour HD cams as well. The problem with probe cams is they can not be pointed and swivel with the parachute. A better solution is to have control of the camera pan/tilt and zoom at all times. All ten probes radio back their GPS location to the support truck (900Mhz) for tracking and later pickup hopefully in accessible farm fields.
Third, you have the support truck with oversized camper shell. Radio downlink equipment for the belly cam video and probe tracking. There is a flat screen monitor in the cab for displaying the downlinked video. This video display allows for First Person View or FPV flying - this is where you pilot the plane by watching the monitor alone and works well when the plane is very small when viewed from the ground.
I have essentially the same gear as above with some key differences that match my slightly different goals for past years and going into 2010 but that is it in a nutshell. We are just on the cusp of what can be done with RC aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary wing craft and with electronics becoming smaller and cheaper every day - once the FAA clears the way, expect to see a lot more in this area.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
>> Original Report Here <<
Friday, October 23, 2009
A dairy farm took a direct hit and even though the tornado did EF1 damage with 100 to 110 mph winds, there was a heavy toll on the cattle as numerous pieces of tin and sheet metal churned through the pins. Much of this debris was carried almost 4 miles. At least 100 head were mortally injured or had to be put down. There was one injury at the dairy when a door flew open injuring a female although not seriously.
There was also EF1 damage done to a several modular homes northwest of Plymell in the Ponderosa addition. One woman was struck in the face by a piece of lumber as it smashed through a window.>> Original report here <<
All told there were 15 pivot irrigation sprinklers damaged or destroyed.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Promo video for Episode 1, Season 3 of Storm Chasers on Discovery Channel, airing October 18, 2009 at 10 pm Eastern. Tim Samaras and Twistex(our old team), Sean Casey and the TIV crew, and Reed Timmer, Chris Chittick, and Joel Taylor of TornadoVideos.net(our new team!) hunt down tornadoes in western Oklahoma during April 2009. Eric's tornado video will likely be part of this episode as we were right there on it! More info at Discovery.com/StormChasers
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
We met up with Chris Collura in Sioux City, IA and hung out for a bit looking at data at a hotel along the interstate when we decided to shoot a bit north towards Sioux Falls, SD. On the way up a lone supercell to our west along I-90 formed and before it was barely a blip on the wxworx system the county went severe warned!
We shot west out of Sioux Falls on I-90 and rapidly approached the developing cell and pulled off at the Canistota exit just in time to see a cone begin to drop from the spinning wall cloud. For what seemed like a good 10 minutes we watched the tornado pass over groves of cottonwood trees and then as it passed there was an empty field there. The tornado was completely pulverizing them into match sticks!
We shot back east on I-90 and watched as the tornado came up to the overpass and then seemed to come down the highway towards us as the stout cylinder above! This was the first and only time I have heard the 'tornado roar'. It sounded like a waterfall with just a hint of a whining sound.
It passed into the field in front of us and roped out into a long snakey tornado and then it was gone..
>> Original Report HERE <<
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
I made my way north thru Prospect Valley and up to Roggin on I-76 when the storm began to show a couplet and things were getting interesting. Time to fly! I raced up I-76 and caught the beast with 75,000 feet high towers just west of Julesburg in time to report a large rotating wallcloud that was only a few feet off the ground and so wrapped in rain that if a tornado were back in there it would only be visible by the damage path after!
Friday, July 24, 2009
The IFC.com Original five-episode web series FUNNEL OF DARKNESS premieres on Dailymotion.com Monday, July 27.
Funnel Of Darkness is a comedy series that follows adventure filmmaker Keith Severe (Keith Cecere) and his team of storm chasers (Team Severe) as they tear through America's heartland in a race to capture the best up-close and personal tornado footage the world has ever seen. A modern day storm chasing A-Team, the men that compromise Team Severe are a rag tag lot of storm chasing misfits and rock and roll dreamers.
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EPISODE 1 - "Team Severe, Come Out and Play!"
The competition is afoot, the girls abound and Team Severe is ready to win. Unfortunately, road holes and an unruly farmer stand between them and glory.
EPISODE 2 - "Severe Weather"
An old nemesis shows her face as Team Severe gets some new storm chasing gear and samples the local flavor of Oklahoma. The perfect storm shot lays just over the horizon, but will the boys get there in time?
EPISODE 3 - "Small Town Freaker Outers"
The weather has gone flat and Team Severe is in desperate need of a Tornado. The only solution is to throw a “storm summoning party” to appease the gods. Hopefully, the gods aren’t easily offended.
Funnel of Darkness: Episode 3
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EPISODE 4 - "Anarchy in the O.K."
Still desperate for tornadoes and even more desperate for cash Team Severe takes to the stage and rocks out at a local bar. Channeling his spiritual guide, the character Bodhi from the world re-known film “Point Break,” Keith calls upon his troops for one final push to try and win the “Funnel Baggin’ Rally.
Funnel of Darkness: Episode 4
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EPISODE 5 - "A Shot in the Dark"
With time running out, Team Severe cuts through the night, chasing down the biggest storm of their lives. Will it be enough to win the Funnel Baggin’ Rally? That’s for one crazy cowboy to decide.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Audi that had a tree limb fall on it's back window. N39 46.04 W105 7.24
Garage front taken off by large tree. N39 46.04 W105 7.24
Reflectivity screen grab at 10:25pm MDT.
Velocity screen grab at 10:31pm MDT.
Vertically Integrated Liquid at 10:26pm MDT.
Tree limbs up to 4" diameter down along Ward Road. N39 47.96 W105 8.31
N39 47.96 W105 8.31
These 4 photos were between Kipling and Ward Rd on CR 58. N39 46.71 W105 7.46
News crews filming CR58 road blockage.
Large 40 foot high tree uprooted and across CR58.
Last night's storm tore through the west Denver suburb's with extreme force! I was shooting lightning shots from my deck but the line of storms that moved from Boulder to Castle Rock where so low to the ground that there were absolutely no CGs to capture.
At 10:45pm or so the west most cell went tornado warned so I hopped in the car and headed down to live stream the damage! Above you can see the deep hail drifts and large trees downed.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Started out with Tony chasing the long-lived supercell from Burlington, CO down to south of Las Animas, CO. Along the way saw numerous cycles of the meso where it tried to produce a tornado. At times the wall cloud was churning on the ground with incredible RFD surges that snapped at least one powerpole mid-height! Encountered baseball hail by Lamar, CO that put a bunch of new nasty dents in my car before 3 of us pulled under a grove of trees and let the car-nage pass! The screen grab below was just one of the cycles that seeme as if something large was on the ground back in under there!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Waking up this morning to what looks like another 3 days of slight risks on the high plains with today possibly being the highlight! I will definately be out this afternoon and live streaming the event on iMapTracker.
11am update: upper 60 Tds on the edge of CO with mid 60Tds into e CO. Cap looks breakable around Cheyenne, WY according to RUC. Convective temps of 80 F needed, already at mid 70s here. RUC breaks out precip around Cheyenne, WY at 21z.
...CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS...
INCREASING UPSLOPE FLOW AND DESTABILIZATION SHOULD INCREASE STRONG
TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THE FRONT RANGE OF THE CENTRAL ROCKIES
AND ADJACENT HIGH PLAINS DURING THE MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. DEEP
LAYER SHEAR WILL BE QUITE STRONG AND LIKELY SUPPORT A FEW SUPERCELLS
THROUGH THE EVENING...INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL FOR A TORNADO OR TWO.
HOWEVER...LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE PRIMARY THREATS WITH
THE MORE ORGANIZED STORMS. ACTIVITY COULD BUILD UPSCALE INTO A MCS
OR NEW DEVELOPMENT MAY OCCUR EWD INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS OVERNIGHT
WITH ADDITIONAL RISK OR LARGE HAIL/DAMAGING WINDS.
Also this is pretty darn cool - on March 7, 2009 I nabbed the first ever georeferenced live stream of a tornado for WDT on our iMapTracker - FULL STORY HERE!
Sunday, July 05, 2009
April 26, 2009 Roll, OK
April 29, 2009 Garden City, KS
June 5, 2009 LaGrange, WY
June 11, 2009 Ordway, CO
June 15, 2009 Elbert, CO
2009 Tornadoes: 17
Lifetime Tornadoes: 116
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Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Michael, Eric and Dann where also out where we ran into baseball hail on the ground north of Yuma, CO. Michael got his windshield cracked. I managed to keep the new Subie out as I've abused her enough in La Grange, WY this year.
The Aurora, NE tornadoes were absolutely AMAZING! Congrats to all who scored on that storm!
2009 Tornadoes: 17
Lifetime Tornadoes: 116
Monday, June 15, 2009
A 10% risk of tornadoes as close to CO as Colby, KS. I opted to not leave extremely early this day as I knew I could make the western areas of the target and still get in a half day at the office.
On the way out to Kansas for the moderate risk I kept an eye on a rapidly developing cell over Castle Rock, CO. After gassing up in Limon, CO and talking to Michael on the phone I decided to get some lunch and hang out for a bit - just in case! I could see the storm over Castle Rock on radar and visually I looked rather impressive from the western edge of Limon.19:32z
The storm started showing meso markers on GR3 and 69 GTG on WXWORX. I rushed back northwest on I-70 and headed west on HW86 towards the updraft. My first view of the base revealed the first tornado in the distance! I knew I had something big on the ground already!19:39z
The tornado as I get a good view of it. This is slightly after it's strongest phase. Before this it was an even wider cone! This tornado 9 miles south of Elizabeth was rated an EF-2 by the Pueblo NWS. It had a path length of 4 miles and was 1/4 mile wide at it's peak!19:41z
The tornado begins to elongate as it moves slowly south. 19:44z
Tornado #1 begins it's rope stage. 19:46z
I'm live streaming on TVN iMapTracker as long as the cell phone signal holds! (thanks to Jesse Markham for the screen grabs)
Tornado #1 ropes out. My timings put the tornado on the ground for 12 minutes! 19:49z
Tornado #2 comes into view to my north as a strong cone! It did not hit anything substantial and was rated as EF-0 20:11z
Repositioning again I see what is tornado #3 - although I cannot fully confirm contact with the ground. 20:18z
Tornado #3 on the left with rope tornado #4 beginning to orbit around it as a satellite vortex! 20:19z
Strong rope tornado #4! 20:20z
Tornado #4 twisting to the west at it's contact point! It did not hit anything substantial and was rated as EF-020:21z
The storm moved east and became outflow dominant as it approached Limon. In Limon, CO it dumped marble size hail for a good 20 minutes.
What a fun local tornado chase.. Thanks to Michael for nowcasting!
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