Central Kansas Storm Chase - 5/19/11
by Benjamin Tillotson
Friday, May 20, 2011, 11:23am
Waiting in St. John, KS for initiation. Lots of good looking cumulus ahead of the dry line.
A couple of storms developed near Great Bend, KS. I didn't chase those because I wasn't sure if they might move north and east toward the less instability. The cells further down the dry line had difficulty getting their act together though so those northern cells looked to be the best of the day.
We got on this severe warned cell near Lyons, KS. It was somewhat picturesque for a short time.
Kansas wheat fields make an amazing foreground!
I was surprised at the number of chasers on this storm. I wonder how many made it to the northern cell. There were a few reports of tornadoes on that storm but I have not heard/seen anything of it.
Driving on I-70 east through the core of that southern most cell you can see on radar on the laptop.
Cool clouds at sunset.
On the way home we saw a lot of flooding. Some fields near Delphos, KS were severely flooded. Smith Center had several rivers running through town as well.