|2004 MAY 24: NORTH KANSAS SUPERCELLS|
By the time we arrived in eastern Republic County, the tornadoes were over but the structure show was still playing to a packed house. Taken about 5:45PM looking west.
This was one of the
tougher chase days of my life. We missed all the tornadoes,
leaving a storm in Missouri thirty minutes before it produced and
arriving at the Republic County storm too late to see the last tornado,
reported near nine miles northwest of Linn at around 5:29 PM. We
were only about fifteen miles away at this point, but saw nothing we
could identify as a tornado on the ground.
While we were raising between storms, the Republic County cell produced
numerous tornadoes including three on the ground at the same time.
We arrived in time to witness the storm's structure which was still impressive, and also a funnel that appeared 5:57 between Greenlead and Linn, in Washington County. No evidence that this touched down. Looking over the imagery, we didn't come away entirely empty-handed. With the great structure and the funnel, it wasn't quite the nightmare I'd remembered.
We later pursued some storms near Topeka, but
again arrived too late to see whatever tornadoes they had produced.
Some days the bear eats you.