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24 May 2016:
'Tornado machine' supercell at Dodge City, Kansas

May 24, 2016: Kathy Velasquez and I targeted southwestern Kansas today and saw one of the most extraordinarily prolific tornado-producing storms of my career south of Dodge City, Kansas. (We also met up with or chased in the vicinity of Stephen Barabas, Scott McPartland, Dave Lewison, Jaclyn Whittal, George Kourounis, Mark Robinson, Bill Hark, Jason Persoff, Robert Balogh and John Mann - and a couple hundred other chasers!) We actually lost count of the tornadoes. Getting close was a challenge because of muddy roads, but the wide shots of the structure with the tornado were glorious, especially since it missed the bulk of Dodge City. And the day ended with even more spectacular skies. Share

Above is a video showing the parade of tornadoes near Dodge City, Kansas, on May 24, 2016. I made a second video of just the time-lapse of the supercell with tornadoes underneath and light rays shooting out from behind the clouds, below. For best quality, click on gear symbol at lower right of video and choose 1080HD. Video by Chris Kridler.

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