Tornadoes and Storm Chasing May 2015

5,600 miles of driving and 6 days of nonstop chasing and traveling brought me and my storm chasing partner Nic to dozens of tornado warned storms, multiple states, and many new landscapes.  I have been making this trip to the midwest since 2010, and each year I chase the peak of storm season more determined, more skilled, and better prepared than the year before.  Tornado season still is not over and I will continue chasing around the East Coast and Southeast, but I wanted to go ahead and share a gallery of photos and a link to a video that I produced.  All of the photos in the gallery were photographed between May 5 and May 9, 2015 in the midwest.

Lessons learned from this trip:

  • Always bring twice as much gas money as you budget for
  • Chasing HP (High Precipitation) tornadic supercells is still only fun for only about 30 minutes
  • Kansas has a section of rolling sand desert referred to as ‘Little Sahara’
  • Chasing LP (Low Precipitation) supercells provides endless photographs
  • Having a cooler & ice is still the best way to save money on the road
  • Oklahoma police officers & locals get very excited around tornadoes so be extra careful
  • Great organization will increase your ability to get a quick picture or video in an unexpected situation

    Video:


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