From June 6th-19th, 2009, Ryan went on his yearly storm chasing
trip in the Plains states as a tour guide with
Storm Chasing Adventure Tours (http://stormchasing.com).
group saw many supercell thunderstorms and even four tornadoes during
the second week. Videos and pictures from the two-week trip are below.
On June 17th, a supercell west of Aurora, Nebraksa produced a series of four tornadoes, including a large EF2 wedge tornado. A house was heavily damaged, train cars were derailed, and trees were stripped in the path of the wedge tornado just outside Aurora.
Two supercells strengthened and joined to form a monster storm that developed a rope funnel near La Junta, CO in Bent County on June 11th. VORTEX2, Sean Casey's TIV, and The Weather Channel were present along with dozens of other chasers.
An impressive supercell thunderstorm in Kiowa County, KS near Greensburg on June 9th showed impressive rotation and structure, but did not drop a tornado. A wall cloud and rotating updraft base can be seen clearly. VORTEX2 and The Weather Channel were present during this storm.
A large rotating supercell thunderstorm formed near Aspermont, Texas on June 8th. The storm had enough rotation on radar to produce a funnel, but none came to fruition.
Aurora, Nebraska tornado
aftermath and tour 7 group picture
6/17 - Four tornadoes west of Aurora, Nebraska
6/16 - Supercell near Winfield, Kansas
6/15 - Supercells near Colby, KS
6/14 - Deer strike east of Wray, CO in Nebraska
6/12 - Southeast Colorado supercell
6/11 - Supercells east of Denver and in Bent County, CO
6/10 - Storms in Northern Oklahoma and Southwest Kansas
6/9 - Impressive supercell in Kiowa County near Greensburg, Kansas
6/8 - Supercell and line of thunderstorms between Aspermont and Abilene, Texas
6/7 - Storms in Northeast Kansas
6/6 - Storm Chasing Adventure Tours tour 6 group picture