The 2013 chase season was reasonably successful for me. As usual, there was a day or two where I would like to go back and change one decision. But, overall, my forecasting and chase decisions were pretty good, and I observed a good number of severe weather and supercells. As for tornadoes, the last half of May was active, while the last half of April, the first half of May, and most of June were very slow.
Unfortunately, the chaser community lost several chasers in the El Reno tornado of May 31. What had been the highlight of the year for me quickly turned very sour —- see my post for June 1.
Below are links to each chase day for 2013, with an image or two to provided as the highlight of the day, at least photographically.
Several supercells near Frederick became ouflowish rather quickly, and the big kahuna supercell near Grandfield produced a tornado after dark, which is a misnomer.
A supercell along the KS/OK border provided a hail barrage for the Tour 1 folks at Burlington, OK.
A nicely-sculpted supercell graced filled our camera lenses on this evening in west-central OK.
A couple of storms were sampled in the poor road network south of Junction and Ozona. These were primarily hailers, but they exhibited some supercell structure.
We went to the ends of the earth, along the Rio Grande in the wastelands of southwest TX, to observe an impressive storm that produced large hail.
Upper flow was a little weak, but storms near Junction and Fredericksburg were not entirely uninteresting.
A tail-end cell got strong quickly during a pit stop in Albany, TX. The tour group got split up, with the east van winding up in 70 mph winds and the west van moving to a hilltop west of Albany for a great view of the electrified backside of the updraft region.
A brutal cold front forced us down to the Rio Grande again to stay warm and to enjoy some scenery.
A splendid, dusty High Plains supercell looked great at sunset near the NM/TX border.
Western Kansas made us happy on this day, thanks to this pretty supercell near Ness City.
A strongly rotating updraft near Sitka had an early demise, but we found a CG-happy cell along the OK/KS border at dusk.
HP supercells drew us well south into Texas.
After we watching a cell die as it approached the U.S./Mexico border, we recovered to intercept a nasty high-based hailstorm at Pearsall, TX, southwest of San Antonio.
A severe storm appeared to be supercellular for a little while near Rankin and Barnhart, TX, southwest of San Angelo.
A strong supercell near Mineral Wells produced a fairly long-lived tornado at Millsap, TX.
It took a while, but some updrafts west of Hyannis started to spin nicely late in the day.
A rotating updraft near Bingham, NE, drifted nearby and was issuing CGs at an amazing rate at dusk.
A long and somewhat frustrating chase began with this nice tornado southwest of Wichita.
We were on the storm just south of the Moore, OK, tornadic supercell, and wound up on a big storm near Saint Jo, TX.
A supercell on the edge of the Caprock produced a couple of landspout tornadoes and wrapped up nicely, but became strongly outflowish.
Some high-based updrafts rotated nicely, but looked moisture-starved, near Hazard, NE.
All of the air in central Nebraska wanted to go up inside this magnificent supercell updraft!
We watched this beast produce a weak spin-up near Smith Center, but the big tornado near Lebanon was rain-wrapped.
A gorgeous high-based Colorado supercell was a structure feast for the eyes.
Southwest Nebraska storms became tiresome, and we made it east in time to see a tornado-warned storm near St. Paul. No, the town.
The beast of the day was west-northwest of Ardmore, and at sunset we watched an updraft fizzle along the Red River.
Our tour group watched the El Reno tornado develop just a mile or two distant, and then it told us to get out of the way.
The last day prior to my one-week break wound up with very bad news: the deaths of Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young.
We changed into our Milky Way-viewing clothes, and got a glimpse of the Northern Lights, north of Scottsbluff.
This storm was tornado-warned for a while, and featured very nice structure, west of Alliance.
A couple of decent supercell were difficult to intercept.
A pretty sunset with some convection south of Gillette, WY, salvaged the day. A little.
The area from about Sterling, CO, to Kimball, NE was not in much of a mood for making decent storms.
The backside of a supercell in northeastern CO was a playground of color at sunset.
We had to wait a long time for the nice colors at sunset — well into the evening — but it was worth the wait!
This storm in the southeast corner of Alberta may have produced a tornado. We could not determine for certain!
A cell or two or three near Lingle and Torrington provided a few interesting moments, including a cow-nado.
Two tornadoes were observed today, but the meso-of-the-day east of Chugwater was rain-wrapped and we were unable to maintain position on it.
The strong supercells near Willow, NE, and near Salina, KS, were practically an afterthought after the wild sunset near Hutchinson.
Back to the high terrain, an afternoon cell near Vona, and lightning near Kiowa, CO…
These storms were high-based and a bit junky, but the sunset was cool!
The Raton Mesa was the place to be on the final day of June!