Tornado Alley Storm Chasing


As you know, Paul made a research trip to the United States two weeks ago, which we wrote about, here, under ‘Trip to Kansas, Extreme Weather Increasing by Factor of Ten to Twenty‘.

Homestead destruction from EF4 tornado // Published on Jun 10, 2016

On the early evening of Wednesday May 25th, 2016 a powerful EF4 tornado touched down in Kansas. It reached a size up to half-a-mile wide as it tracked from the NW to the SE for about 26 miles, barely tracking just to the south edge of the town of Chapman, KS.

Amazingly, nobody was killed. On June 1st I documented the unbelievable damage to a homestead. Farm combines, tractors, cars, barns and buildings were utterly destroyed.
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Comedy on a stormy highway in Kansas // Published on Jun 10, 2016

Driving into the maw of a massive storm on May 27th, 2016 near Prospect, Kansas. Typical banter after one has been on the road for a while.
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My Kansas Tornado // Published on Jun 10, 2016

This is the only tornado that I saw on my road trip, apart from those on radar driving down to Kansas. This is in the science museum in Wichita, Kansas:).

A team from the Weather Network in Oakville, Ontario saw 17 tornadoes (9 in one day) the week before our trip. We saw lots of storms, but there was no shear winds or triggers so no tornadoes occurred in tornado ally while we were there.
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Torrential rains in Kansas // Published on Jun 10, 2016

I think that this is the heaviest rain that I have experienced. This is a great way to get your car washed, as long as you study the radar carefully and avoid hail.
Torrential rains are becoming much more common with our ongoing abrupt climate change.
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Paul uploaded about 16 videos from his storm chasing trip onto his YouTube channel here. He also uploaded hundreds of photos onto his publicly open Facebook page album here.


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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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