Agate Colorado tornado event
Date:August 9th 2004....
Minimal Type: F1 ?
Tornado Tim Chase Log:
The storm started forming just south and west of Byers. We left home
base around 11 am on Monday morning.
before tornado touchdown. When the storm started building it quickly began rotating and
even without radar it was evident it was meso early on. As I watched the clouds wrap
around and back into the storm I knew it had the potential to produce a tornado. So
much spin in a rapidly intensifying storm gave it all the potential it needed to complete
the tornado genesis.
We followed one storm for about an hour just East of Limon when
it began to weaken. When we arrived back in Limon it was clear there were new storms
building just West of Agate to Byers Colorado.
I headed towards the new storms and
noticed a funnel spin out of one just East and south of Agate. That funnel lasted for
about 10 minutes before dying and then the whole storm looked to be weakening. The next
storm, just West of that one was the one that produced the tornado events. It was the only
storm we saw that was clearly meso within our view, so we targeted it and filmed the
event. Experience pays off when chasing by eye.
Over time you learn to identify potential tornadic storms over storms with less potential. We did not use any radar to identify this storm or any home
base support. It was all experience and skill. We watched the storm for about 45 minutes
before the first sign of debris appeared under it. It takes patience to let a storm mature
and complete the tornado process. Sometimes the hardest part is sitting there waiting for
the storm to form a tornado. Almost all the tornadoes I have ever filmed were storms I
picked out and waited for them to go severe. This one was not severe when we first picked
it out. It was just a storm in the process of building. I kept telling Krystallin it had
great potential to go severe and even tornado. It is my normal process to pick out the
storms before they are even severe. Our first tornado this year we did the same and
our chase partner from Boston wasn't so sure we had picked the right storm. He
learned how patience pays off as it produced a nice wedge tornado as it crossed the Red
River into Oklahoma.
The hail stopped us from getting any closer to the storm. We were
in hail for about 1/2 an hour before we were able to find a way out of it. The
winding, muddy dirt roads made travel nearly impossible for us at times. There
weren't any paved roads near the tornado and at times the roads were completely water
covered making them mud pools.
After we were done filming the event Channel 4 News in Denver
Colorado had us personally deliver the video to their station so they could air it on the
10 O'Clock news. They decided to interview Krystallin and Tornado Tim and included some of
the footage of the days chase. They interviewed us on the top roof of their studio which
made for a great backdrop with the mountains and dark skies behind us. Everyone at their
TV station was so nice to us we felt at ease right away. It seemed like one large