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gallery: May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011: I had a glorious chase in southern Kansas today, as minor storms firing off the dryline offered lovely photo opportunities as they gained strength. I started with a big group of friends, but the company soon narrowed to Jason Persoff and Robert Balogh as we split in different directions around the storms. We kept going after the southern storms forming on the line, all in the vicinity of Pratt, Kansas. Share

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20 MAY 2011 - A bunch of chasers got together to figure out what area to chase today, and we settled on southwest Kansas rather than the trees of eastern Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - During the discussion, Mark Robinson films. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The clouds looked promising east of the dryline, though we hoped for enough clearing to get heating to fuel storms. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - We paused in Greensburg, Kansas, to assess growing towers on the dryline. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The Storm Hunters van (Mark's crew) in Greensburg. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - Southwest of Greensburg, the storm that went up showed signs of rotation. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - Southwest of Greensburg, the storm that went up showed signs of rotation. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - We followed the storm east. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - We followed the storm east. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - We followed the storm east. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - We followed the storm east. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - We followed the storm east. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - As a line of storms formed, a few of us stayed with what became the southern storm. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - As a line of storms formed, a few of us stayed with what became the southern storm. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - As a line of storms formed, a few of us stayed with what became the southern storm. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - As a line of storms formed, a few of us stayed with what became the southern storm. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - As a line of storms formed, a few of us stayed with what became the southern storm. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - As a line of storms formed, a few of us stayed with what became the southern storm. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - As a line of storms formed, a few of us stayed with what became the southern storm. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - Jason Persoff gets a shot of the storm, which is trying to form a wall cloud. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The storm was a beauty. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - The storm was a beauty. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - Jason enjoys the storm. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The storm was a beauty. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - The storm was a beauty. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The storm was a beauty. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The storm contained small hail, but it looked more ominous. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - We let the storm run over us east of Pratt. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - Gloomy. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The sun shines behind the rain on the car window as the storm begins to pass. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - The sunset on the departing storms was dramatic. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The sunset on the departing storms was dramatic. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The sunset on the departing storms was dramatic. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - The sunset on the departing storms was dramatic. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The sunset on the departing storms was dramatic. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The sunset on the departing storms was dramatic. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - The sunset on the departing storms was dramatic, and there were mammatus, too. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - The sunset on the departing storms was dramatic. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - Sunset and mammatus. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - The storms sparked with a little lightning as night fell. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - More lightning. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - More lightning. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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20 MAY 2011 - More lightning as night fell. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 20 MAY 2011 - Later that night, west of Wichita, Jason's rental car encountered a deer. Fortunately, he was OK. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com

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