Chase Account - 12th May 2004 - S Central Kansas

Tony Gilbert, Terry Fryer, Sam Jowett and Ali Dibb

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Today required an early start from North Platte, Nebraska and a push down towards Dodge City down in SW Kansas.  Instability and shear profiles indicated a pretty active day and that's certainly what it became.  Many tornadoes were reported during the late afternoon/early evening approximately 70 miles E of Dodge City which we managed to get to by 4:30pm CDT.  Lack of easy radar access meant we chose to book in to a hotel and plan our next move from there... big mistake!  During that half an hour or so we lost the time required to get on the explosive cells that turned tornadic... even from our distant position the cells looked very impressive though: