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Video of Wright Wyoming tornado as it hit town
A deadly tornado hit Wright Wyoming killing two people on August 12th. The storm season wasn't over yet. 

Stoughton Wisconsin Tornado August 18, 2005 photos and facts.

 

Can you say supercell?  This first photo was of a text book supercell that was spinning along the interstate in South Dakota in June. While in Jackson County it did tornado, with reports of two different tornado touchdowns from this storm.  Here is video of spinning supercells:

 

Many chasers were on hand to capture the day and the tornadic storm. Besides the tornadoes it gave us a great photo opportunity of a classic supercell with one of the best storm structures of the year. The video below starts with a smaller supercell and ends with the monster in South Dakota.

 

 


Two different tornadoes were produced by the storm which was verified by spotters and they stated that they did in fact touch down. The South Dakota June 7th 2005 tornado event was just south of the Badlands and made for a beautiful place to chase and film the storm.

Tornado Reports June 7th 2005 From SPC
Time   Location County State Lat Lon Comments
2303   2 W WANBLEE JACKSON SD 4357 10170 2 TORNADOES ON GROUND FROM 503 PM THROUGH 506 PM JUST NORTHWEST OF WANBLEE. FUNNELS FIRST REPORTED AT 450 PM MDT SOUTHEAST OF POTATO CREEK. (UNR)
2325   3 E ORAL FALL RIVER SD 4340 10321 400 FOOT WIDE TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN AND CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO FARM MACHINERY. (UNR)
0315   FAULKTON FAULK SD 4503 9913 15,000 SQ FOOT CHEMICAL PLANT DESTROYED. TORNADO WAS 30 YDS WIDE AND 300 YDS IN LENGTH. (ABR)
0407   6 W GROTON BROWN SD 4545 9822 SOME DAMAGE TO 3 MOBILE HOMES, RATED F0. TRACK WAS 70 YDS LONG AND 20 YDS WIDE. (ABR)

June 15th tornado in Cheyenne County Nebraska verified by NWS employee as a full touchdown. Long rope tornado touched down for a short time causing no damage.  Video taken from Weld county Colorado just south of the Wyoming border.

Tornado Reports June 15th From SPC
Time   Location County State Lat Lon Comments
2150   3 N POTTER CHEYENNE NE 4126 10331 NWS EMPLOYEE REPORTED (CYS)
Look at this tornado from Brazil (Brasil). Tornadoes in Brazil are not common, but with relatives in Brazil we were able to get this tornado.  Very rare video of a Brazil tornado brought to you by tornadochaser.net from May 24, 2005.

June 2nd Jeremy Hart from the UK Top Gear magazine along with the great photographer Daniel Byrne were on our team. We were chasing in a new Land Rover and caught this rain wrapped tornado was west of Kirk Colorado just south of Joes Colorado. It also put down a short lived rope funnel just to the left of this tornado in Yuma county.  About 30 minutes later we intercepted another wider rain wrapped tornado Near Arriba in Lincoln county.  That one was larger and had suction vortices pulling into the back of the tornado, but unfortunately the funnel was completely rain wrapped. The suction was so strong even our new Land Rover was being pulled towards the tornado. I quickly fell in love with the Land Rover not just because it has a top speed of 150 mph (Major Ticket), but because it cornered so well and stuck to the road even in rain and dirt roads. I think Land Rover needs to sponsor us by lending us one for all our chasing all year.  Hey Land Rover, give me a call, please.

 Tornado Reports June 2nd From SPC
Time   Location County State Lat Lon Comments
0004   6 NW COPE WASHINGTON CO 3973 10293 (BOU)
0032   2 E JOES YUMA CO 3965 10264 2 BRIEF TORNADOS TOUCHED DOWN OVER OPEN FIELDS (GLD)
0050   N ARRIBA LINCOLN CO 3928 10327 (BOU)
0103   7 S LIMON LINCOLN CO 3916 10369 (BOU)


 

On May 25th located south of the intersection of roads 56 and 39 east of Springer New Mexico we, along with many other chasers caught several nice funnels spinning down from severe storms. No official touchdowns were reported this day.

Then on May 27th west, southwest of Grenville New Mexico we captured 3 short lived slow rotating weak tornadoes all touching down. The best of them was this tornado. Chasing on our team was Josh, Craig, Adam, and Krystallin, which made up our largest team chase for the year.  We were in an area where Doppler radar would have a hard time detecting these tornadoes.  Doppler radar is line of sight technology, and these tornadoes were surrounded by volcano's and mountains making them nearly impossible for Doppler to detect them. Amarillo Doppler would have been the closest to them, and it would have been blocked from detecting them.  While there we had also visited the Capulin Volcano National Monument where we walked the rim of the Volcano. It made for one spectacular day.

On May 24th there were multiple tornado reports around Fort Morgan when we intercepted this funnel worming down from just above us near Snyder Colorado.  Ground debris was everywhere and it was a day where Down drafts caused most of the damage, not tornadoes. 
A few hours later Craig and Josh  were so close to a lightning strike that sparks fell on top of their car as they drove right under a light that took a direct hit. As the sparks fell on top of their car I wondered if things could get any crazier as the winds were over 60 mph, and with intermittent times of hail and heavy rain. Visibility became near zero and forced us to stop driving several times and wait out the storm.

Tornado Reports May 24th 2005 from SPC
Time   Location County State Lat Lon Comments
2031   STONEHAM WELD CO 4063 10365 (BOU)
2059   5 N SNYDER MORGAN CO 4039 10358 (BOU)
2107   6 WSW STERLING LOGAN CO 4059 10332 (BOU)
2135   8 W AKRON WASHINGTON CO 4016 10336 (BOU)
2140   4 W AKRON WASHINGTON CO 4016 10329 (BOU)
2252   9 SW IDALIA YUMA CO 3961 10242 BRIEF TOUCHDOWN (GLD)

 

May 7th we fought tornado warnings until almost midnight as tornadoes seemed to train over the same area all day and night in Nebraska. We parked under this tornado while it was dropping from the storm over our heads. We get out of the car to see a funnel descending directly onto the top of the car, spinning fast and furious it quickly pulled up as fast as it had dropped on us. Minutes later it dropped this very slow rotating weak tornado. Doppler radar was still indicating a tornado right here, near St. Paul Nebraska we got this tornado around 7pm.  Ruby, who was 16 years old was on our team this year chasing the first week of May. I think Ruby may just be the youngest girl from England to chase tornadoes in the US ever. May started out very slow for storms, but at least she went home with one close encounter. The night tornadoes forced us out of our motel room until almost midnight. We choose to drive away from the tornadoes rather than seek shelter in the basement and wait them out. We had to endure 3 more tornado warnings in the dark before St. Paul was cleared from any more warnings and we could return to sleep for the night.

April 19th 2005: Short lived tornado just north and east of the Sterling Reservoir 3:54 pm
We got within a hundred yards of the tornado as it nearly passed over our heads as you can see in the second 2 pictures where we are looking more upward at the tornado.

Sitting just to the north of the reservoir north of Sterling Colorado, we waited for about 2 hours for the storm to finally pick up intensity and put down this short lived tornado. It briefly touched down many times, spinning dirt, leaves and small objects into the air.  As the tornado moved closer to us we sat in the path of it until debris begin to fall around us. Grass raining from above, most likely pulled from the fields the tornado kept briefly touching down in.
Grass raining from aboveIn this video, grass can be seen raining on us as the tornado neared.
Not much of a tornado, but an easy 2 hour drive made this a fun day to chase. Small, weak tornadoes make for an easy close encounter, where as if this had been a larger tornado we would have not gotten so close.


April 10th Kansas tornadoes
Photo by Robert Hettchen  Coldwater Kansas Chasing tornadoes in April in Kansas

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