It wasn't an easy decision, but I decided to try and fit the best chases I've had over the years onto one dvd. This is that dvd. It's full of monster storms from tornado alley. They are all unique storms with amazing structures. Some structures are simply crazy. There's really no slowing down on this dvd. Any slowing down is to watch a longer sequence of cool evolution, such as the formation of the Bartlett, Nebraska tornado July 12, 2004 under the monster of monster supercells.
Below is a list of the chases/storms on the dvd, with some sense of how much time was allowed to each, as a couple early ones were very short. They are short as I didn't have much footage for them, and I needed all the room I could for the others to fit. If you enjoy storms and cool storm structure, you should love this dvd.
A crazy local storm before my chasing days. Only 30 seconds for this track. It had to be on here. I didn't have much footage of it. It's not even my video actually, as a friend was taping it. My video camera at the time only worked connected to my cigarette lighter, lol.
Another crazy supercell, this time from Texas on one of my first chases(first chase trip out of state any distance). Only 30 seconds for this too, as again I didn't have much good footage of it. After these first two quick storms, there's more time on others.
The hail and "the dog" chase. Wild wind with hail, plus a stray pup that I let ride things out in my truck. After that was over, there's a wicked howling wind and dirt scene near some old farm house. Almost 2 minutes for all that. This video moves.
A sweet supercell in northwest Iowa. Almost 2 minutes again.
I about left this one off, but it had great structure right before it vanished into nothing. Only 1 minute for this one.
This was an amazing encounter as this crazy sight rotates its way to me, producing hair raising lightning as it does. A couple bolts were probably only a couple blocks away. (I also included a couple other sections in the video with close bolts) This segment is almost 4 minutes long.
About a minute for this cool structured storm.
About a minute for some fun blowing dust.
One of my best tornadoes. This was an amazing sight as I raced up the road trying to catch it as it crossed the highway. It was on the ground for quite a while. A bit over 4 minutes for this segment.
I only included the last tornado of this day to save room. This storm was a machine. Just a beast. Towards the end it was pretty much a storm rotating on the ground, with a tornado hidden in the dirt. The longest segment yet with a little over 5 minutes. It may be considered slower, as I just love the later parts of the storm as it neared O'Neill. Just looked like hell on Earth northwest of town.
Almost 6 minutes for this close encounter and spaceship supercell. 2004 was full of "favorite" storms, and this is one of them for me. I was shocked to see that structure come out of the rain, then just as shocked again that this tornado formed out of the rain just west of me.
This mostly includes a few glimpses of the structure, then hail, as I tried to see things from the west side of this monster storm. A minute and a half here.
There were a ton of tornadoes with this supercell, but most were small. At one point there were 3 on the ground at once, other times 2 at once. I included a brief bit of the early ones, then concentrated the rest of this segment on the main tornado from this storm. At two points it was pretty cool, early in a v shape with a wide vigorous dust whirl at the ground, then towards the end when all the sudden dust around the tornado is let loose and falls away. About 3 and a half minutes for this one.
Words can't describe this supercell. It really was alive at times. You've probably seen this one claimed to be from hurricane Katrina, or the numerous other locations attributed to it. Well the video footage of the thing is on here. About 4 and a half minutes for this beauty.
There were several tornadoes this day. I'm only including the better one I saw at the end of the day near Fort Dodge. Even smaller tornadoes get pretty cool if you are at all close to them. About 3 minutes here.
Another storm claimed as being Katrina, etc. This storm exhibited some of the oddest structure I've seen. It was just another hell on earth type moment. It even produced some interesting vortices/tornadoes.....with the two apparently intertwined around each other(I still haven't figured out how that was exactly...or if it just looked that way). 3 and a half minutes on this storm.
Well if time per segment says anything, I allowed almost 9 minutes for this one. I guess this is what happens when 96F over a dewpoint of 78, with MLCAPE around 5500+(5800 OAX observed) is fully tapped...and you have just enough shear and a good boundary orientation. You get a 65-70,000 foot tall beast of a supercell. The formation of the first tornado is one of the favorite things I have on video. I really let that part continue on here as much as I could.
Yep, another one of the "Katrina" attributed storms. This one was pretty cool, producing odd tornado vortices at the ground only. I wish I was able to get closer to it, but the way it was crossing highways on me, and the future path to keep with it, wasn't really allowing that. A bit over two minutes for this one.
More cool structure, from 2005 now. This storm provided for some great twilight lightning ops. After dark 40+ mph winds were raging west into the spaceship. 2 and a half minutes of video.
I don't show much of the Limon supercell as I never had a great angle on it. Most of this is an HP beast later on in eastern CO. Included about a minute and a half of this HP Colorado hailer.
I was never that thrilled with the structure of the supercell(though it made a cool time lapse...first scene in the intro video), so I only included the later portions of this chase as it entered Murdo with a big shelf. The shelf just looked a lot cooler. 2 minute section.
The longest segment of the video, 12 and a half minutes for a true monster tornadic supercell. I'm sure it will be a while before I beat the combo tornado and storm structure of this one. For the longest time it looked like an aligator head for the inflow cloud, north of the big tornado.
A fun, windy storm, which transitioned into something with supercell characteristics. The trees near me were getting the hell shreaded out of them. It's too bad I missed the best part, then the parts I tape you have to watch close to see the branches breaking off on the other side of the trees. Around 2 minutes for this one.
I never dreamed I'd be chasing a tornado in mid-November in Iowa....let alone a big long-track one. This same tornado was shown over and over on the news, from a guy in Woodward filming it going through town, with yellow leaves streaming by between the houses following it. I would have loved to been where he was, but I was just happy to still be on this high speed storm. About 4 minutes from this chase included.
I imagine this was the closest I've been to a tornado, right when this one formed. I had to shoot east on the highway as it came up from the south. Sucks not being able to see where it is when doing that. I held the video camera over by the window as I flew east and you can see the cone almost overhead. I then filmed it as it raced into a gravel road network. I'm glad I stopped there and filmed as it allowed me to shoot stills at the same time. 6 and a half minutes.
The last chase on the dvd, a large night tornado in southwest Nebraska in March of all times. 5 and a half minutes for this one.
I about left this section off. It's an almost 7 minute long segment of various different stills to music, from auroras, to supercells and tornadoes, to sunsets, ice storms, fog and lightning. Around 100 photos in a video file.
Video Duration: 1hr 42 minutes