NE to Northwestern Kansas.
© Ken Dewey, School of Natural Resources, UNL
the chase by getting a weather briefing
Montgomery at the Hastings, NE, NWS office.
south and then west to a rural area about 15 miles west
KS. Much of the area had remained cloud covered
for this region and it was likely that convection would break
in this area. Shortly after our arrival, Doppler on Wheels (DOW)
and began to scan the one developing supercell.
chasers began to arrive
up their video and camera equipment.
one supercell developing, this was the "only game in town".
an hour of development, it finally began to form
funnel. We then moved north and west about 5 miles.
cloud was massive and showing strong rotation,
the funnel was rain wrapped at this point.
shield began to thin and a 1/4 wide tornado on the ground
filter, it was possible to more easily see the rain wrapped tornado.
Sheriff arrived and we watched the tornado dissipate.
that the tornado had just missed Almena, KS,
it had moved across a farm house totally destroying it.
was only moving at 15 mph and
potential for putting down additional tornadoes.
DOW 1 &
2 remained in the area scanning the mesocyclone.
teams had also congregated in the area. Here is team from
and a chase vehicle from Omaha, NE.
radar out of Hastings, NE radar continued to show strong
within the mesocyclone, so they issued a tornado warning
projected path of the mesocyclone, which was
to cross the Republican River and be near Alma, NE at sunset.
sun set, the once powerful supercell fell apart over Alma, NE.
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