From May 7th to
June 4th, 2011, Ryan went on his yearly storm chasing
trip in the Plains states as a tour guide and driver with
Storm Chasing Adventure Tours (http://stormchasing.com).
group intercepted three tornadoes this year, including a deadly
rain-wrapped EF5 tornado near El Reno, Oklahoma.
Storm Chasing Adventure Tours chased multiple supercell thunderstorms during a tornado outbreak in Oklahoma on May 24th. While no tornadoes were seen directly, two rain-wrapped tornadoes were within close proximity near El Reno and Moore.
A supercell thunderstorm formed near the town of Greenfield in Oklahoma on May 23rd. It put down multiple wall clouds and nearly produced a tornado, as evidenced by very tight rotation in one of these wall clouds.
A rapidly rotating wall cloud descended from a storm near Wilson, Kansas on May 19th. A few small finger-like funnel clouds were also spotted.
The Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2 (TIV 2) and TornadoVideos.net's Dominator vehicle met in Pratt, Kansas on May 11th. Local residents and fellow chasers watched as portions of the TV show Storm Chasers were filmed while crews prepared to chase for the day.
5/9 - TVN's Dominator vehicle in Murdo, SD and nighttime tornado near Philip, SD (image courtesy of severestorms.com.au)
5/10 - Tour of the Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2 (TIV 2) from the Discovery Channel and IMAX film Tornado Alley in Pratt, Kansas
5/16 - Visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas
5/18 - Attempted storm development near Seiling, Oklahoma
5/19 - Supercell near Burdett, Kansas with a history of dropping a brief funnel cloud
5/20 - Forming storms near May, Oklahoma
5/23 - Supercell thunderstorms near Ringwood and Greenfield, Oklahoma
5/24 - Oklahoma tornado outbreak with rain-wrapped EF-5 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma
6/1 - Small supercell south of Valentine, Nebraska
6/2 - Supercells east of Minot, North Dakota