Western Kansas Supercells: May 25, 2017

A towering updraft near near Dodge City, KS. May 25, 2017.

Thursday’s storm chase in western Kansas featured quite a bit of structure. Although expectations were fairly low to start the day, it is late May and it’s hard to ignore a threat for severe thunderstorms in Kansas this time of the year.

The photo at the bottom of this post shows a striated supercell thunderstorm near Elkader, KS, which was tornado-warned at the time. Despite the tornado warning, I opted to stay south for photo opportunities of the storm, as any circulation would have surely been rain-wrapped.

After taking some photos, it was time to shift south to watch convection in southwestern Kansas. This convection struggled to organize very much, but a towering updraft did showoff a bit before the storm quickly weakened toward sunset.

The storm chase finished in Dodge City, perhaps fittingly, just one year and a day removed from a memorable tornado chase in the area.

A tornado-warned supercell near Elkader, KS. May 25, 2017.

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Quincy is a meteorologist and storm chaser who travels around the country documenting and researching severe weather. He has on-air experience with stations such as WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT and WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. He was most recently a digital meteorologist for weather.com. After achieving his B.S. degree in Meteorology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in 2009, he returned as a University Assistant to help produce weather broadcasts. He also gave guest lectures and worked on website design. He has over nine years of professional weather forecasting experience and his forecasts have been featured in newspapers and on radio stations in multiple states.

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