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storm gallery: May 31-June 1, 2001

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Still nursing our wounds from the hail barrage the day before, Dave Lewison, Scott Blair, Jason Politte and I did a damage survey on May 31 in the path of the White Deer, Texas, tornado, which occurred May 29. This house was hit. Image from video. It's amazing more damage didn't occur. This sign was bent, and we saw other damage, but almost no buildings were in the path of the tornado, which was rated an F3. Image from video.

Dave and I set out from Amarillo for Kansas on June 1 and were treated to this statement, apparently part of an art project. Considering what we'd been through, it seemed pretty apt. Image from video. In a tornado watch, south of Dodge City, Kansas, this pretty storm was going to town. Image from video.

What wonderful structure! It was rotating, all right. Image from slide. Here's a pretty solid precipitation core (at right). Image from slide.

We found this irresistible "Whirlwind" road sign in front of another storm that formed behind the first. Image from slide. This persistent, rotating funnel (top of image) didn't stretch down very far. The storm was kind of high-based at this point. Image from slide.

Another massive rear-flank downdraft cut in and practically ripped the storm apart. Moisture appeared to be lacking as well. Image from slide. The incredible shrinking base was still rotating like crazy and produced a half-hearted funnel. And the cows were mooing, too. Image from video.

Here's a broader view of the croaking, but still rotating, storm. Image from slide. The dying storm looked as if it was trying to regenerate, but this was the beginning of the end. Image from slide.

Links to 2001 chase reports:

  • February 14-March 31: Fog, a few storms and blue-sky distractions in drought-stricken Florida
  • May 6-8: Roiling severe storms in Oklahoma and a mothership in Kansas
  • May 9-11: Pretty storms in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri
  • May 16-19: Lightning and downpours during a Kansas chase and an outflow boundary from heck in Texas
  • May 20: A too-close encounter with a tornadic supercell in Oklahoma
  • May 23-27: Dust devils, Texas storms and a dust-bowl-style gust front in Kansas
  • May 28: Beautiful storms in Colorado and a tornado at dusk
  • May 29: A monster, rotating, layer-cake supercell in the Texas panhandle
  • May 30: A gorgeous storm from New Mexico that produced hail from hell
  • May 31-June 1: A look at Texas tornado damage and pretty rotating storms in Kansas
  • June 3-24: Severe storms and fantastic lightning in Florida
  • July 3-August 4: Shelf clouds sweep over the water in east-central Florida
  • August 10-11: The Florida Keys offer a skinny waterspout and shimmering sunsets
  • August 17-23: Florida again proves itself king of the shelf clouds, lightning and sunsets
  • August 31-September 24: A layered gust front, lightning and the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle

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