Mount Hope-Halstead Tornado
A tornado touched down near Mount Hope, KS at or shortly before 5:00 p.m. on May 6th. The tornado quickly wedged out, caused some damage and continued on a NNE to NE track. It passed over US-50 and quickly began to dissipate a few minutes later. What made this chase particularly neat was the fairly vibrant rainbow that remained on the horizon for most of the tornado’s life cycle. (From the video above – 0:51 tornado comes into clear view, 2:36 tornado crosses US-50, 6:02 tornado is beginning to rope out)
The story starts with a general target in the Wichita, KS area. I was fairly confident that some significant severe thunderstorms would fire somewhere in that area. I actually drifted a bit north to other convection, before finally noticing a discrete supercell forming west of Wichita. I circled back and got there just in time for the tornado. Below are a few photos from the storm.
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