5/21/16 Leoti, KS Tornadoes

Today was a day of absolutely spot-on forecasting and confidence aided by continuous computer model approval of our target location. Leaving Liberal, KS, the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team stopped and waited in Leoti, KS even before noon as a convergence zone ahead of a sharp dryline bulge became bubbling with cumulus clouds. We waited all day until a strong storm developed and crossed over the dryline. This collided with a couple struggling towers ahead and the result was a massive, stationary supercell that spun and spun for hours, latched onto the dryline and never letting go.

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As it became organized it attempted to start producing tornadoes. This was its first attempt.

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Its second was slightly more established.

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Its third even more so.

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After we turned around to get out of the approaching core, a fourth attempt resembled a large rain-wrapped cone.

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We stood back in awe as we dipped south, the supercell spinning wildly but not moving.

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It wrapped up extremely tightly here, but any tornado it may have produced would become quickly wrapped in rain.

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A beast.

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Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team checking it out.

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Storm spotting at its finest.

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We had managed to get a flat tire during our intercept. Thankfully, due to stationary storm motion, we could just casually change it in front of any impending tornadoes without worry.

 

 

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