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"Mother Nature Makes Them, We Chase 'Em"

Photo by Mike Ridgeway

Catching the Wedge in Texas

While attending the National Symposium of the Oklahoma City Tornado of May 3, stormchasers/teachers Mike Ridgeway and Don Wheeler intercepted this large "wedge" tornado just south of Graham, Texas.  The tornado was approximately 3/4 of a mile from the camera and between 1/4 and 1/8 of a mile in width.  The catch was not without sacrifice as the SKYWARN III chase vehicle sustained hail damage from golfball to occassionally egg sized hail.  Click HERE for the analysis and more photos.

Chase Vehicle SKYWARN III out ahead of government research vehicles, again!
(Photo by stormchaser Chris Novy)


Tornado #1 Near Waurika, OK
Tornado near Fort Morgan, Colorado
Photo by Mike Ridgeway
Tornado near Tabler, Oklahoma
Tornado #2 near Waurika, Oklahoma
Large tornado near Graham, Texas
Tornado near OK/KS border north of Buffalo, Oklahoma
F2 tornado over southern Duncan, Oklahoma
My first tornado...a multiple vortex near South Plains,
Texas in the Texas Panhandle
Small tornado less than 100 yards away near Granite,
Oklahoma.  June, 1995
Large wedge tornado east of Mangum, Oklahoma.
June, 1995
Small tornado northeast of Concordia, Kansas
May 30, 1999

EF0 tornado 3 miles NW of MerRouge, Louisiana.
May 2, 2008