17 MAY 2004 RUSSELL KANSAS MOTHERSHIP

   

 

       

Jason Foster and I, along with the Weathervine bus, intercepted the tornadic supercell near Russell, Kansas and observed it exhibit several lowerings, rotating wall clouds, and a mothership meso between along Interstate 70 to Ellsworth. This storm emerged as the lone surviving cell from a complex southwest of Hays and tightened up when it crossed into the better moisture and stronger low level jet east of Russell. Quite a photogenic supercell that suffered from the brisk outflow/cold front on which it formed and cool RFD that undercut at least four serious attempts to drop a tornado. Encountered dozens of chasers on the roadway and all of them drove courteously and responsibly. A fun chase day in Kansas.

 


                          

   

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