Summary Page 2006    


Richard Thies
Ferguson, Missouri



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DATE
WHERE
MILES
CHASE PARTNERS
RISK
FEATURES SEEN
PICTURES
 March 08,
2006
Northwest Missouri
778
Richard Thies
Brian Stertz
Ryan Thies

Slight
Non-Severe Storms

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March 12,
2006
Missouri
1176
Richard Thies
Brian Stertz
Ryan Thies

High
Large Hail,
2 Night Time Tornadoes


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March 30,
2006

Southern Kansas
2825
Richard Thies
Brian Stertz
Ryan Thies

Slight
Large Hail
Rotating Wall Cloud


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April 01,
2006

Western Oklahoma,
Texas Panhandle

Moderate
Night Supercell
Wall Cloud


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April 02,
2006

Northeast Missouri,
West Illinois

Moderate
Severe Storms
1.50" Hail


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April 16,
2006

Central Illinois
Southern Illinois

452
Richard Thies
Ryan Thies

Moderate
Multiple Supercells
5 Rotating Wall Clouds
1 Tornado


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April 23,
2006

Central Kansas
1210
Richard Thies
Brian Stertz
Ryan Thies

Slight
!.50" Hail,
Rotating Wall Cloud


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April 30,
2006

Southern Illinois
280
Richard Thies
Kevin Kohler
Ryan Thies

Slight
Squall Line

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June 10,
2006

Eastern Missouri
85
Richard Thies
Melissa Thies Ryan Thies

Slight
Squall Line

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July 19,
2006
Eastern Missouri
Southwestern Illinois
120
Richard Thies
Ryan Thies
None
Squall Line,
90mph Damaging Winds

NO
PICTURES
TAKEN

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July 21,
2006
Eastern Missouri
Southwestern Illinois

160
Richard Thies
Sally Thies
 Melissa Thies
Kyle Thies
Moderate
Squall Line,
Damaging Winds


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September 16,
2006

Southeastern South Dakota
1821
Richard Thies
Brian Stertz
Ryan Thies

Moderate
Small Hail,
2 Tornadoes


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September 22,
2006
Southeastern
Missouri

125
Richard Thies
Ryan Thies

Moderate
Small Hail,
Supercell


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Total Trips - 11      *       Total Miles  -  9,032

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DATE
LOG
March 08,
2006

My son, Ryan and I picked up Brian Stertz and headed up to Platte City as our waiting point.  The plan, to play the convection close to the Low coming out of Kansas.  As things fired, we followed the first three cells that fired.  The first one shot northeast over the warm front and died in the cold air.  We followed the next two cells which showed potential but never really got going.  Brian feared they had taken off before the wave of energy really got to them.  So basically we sat in the northern end of the tornado watch box all day and never saw a severe storm.  
Severe Wx Observed:  None
     
March 12,
2006

Ryan and I again met Brian for another day of chasing.  This would prove to be a frustrating day.  We headed out of the Kansas City Metro to meet the first round of storms, but because of poor road choices, had the storms fly right by us.  Then got onto a tornadic cell in Sedalia, MO, but got caught on the north end of the storm and cracked the windshield with larger than golf ball hail.  Then a hasty trip east on I-70 chasing storms back toward St. Louis with no luck.  Giving up, we headed back to KC to drop Brian off.  Surprise!  Storms that refired were producing tornadoes right along the highway.
Daytime Severe Wx Observed:
Rotating Wall Cloud 1 N-NE Sugar Creek (Jackson/Clay Co. MO)
Golfball to Baseball size hail in/east of Sedalia (Pettis Co. MO)
Golfball size hail west/in Columbia MO (Boone Co. MO)
Quarter size hail south of Mexico (Audrain Co. MO)


Nighttime Severe Wx Observed:
(2) tornadoes southeast of Marshall & near Arrow Rock MO (Saline Co. MO)

(Last Photo Courtesy of Brian Stertz)

Unconfirmed large tornado between Longwood and Pilot Grove (Pettis/Cooper Co. MO)

March 30,
2006

Ryan and I got out for a 4 day chase event.  We met Brian Stertz and headed for Southern Kansas.  
Severe Wx Observed:
Golf Ball Size Hail, Rotating Wall Cloud (Southern KS)

March 31, 2006 :  Bust
April 01,
2006

After a day with no chase, Brian, Ryan and I headed for Western OK and the Texas Panhandle.  Severe weather was late to develop and shot north from OK into KS leaving us behind..
Severe Wx Observed:
Rotating Wall Cloud at Sunset (Northwestern OK-Southern KS)
 
April 02,
2006

A long drive from Southern Kansas to Northeastern Missouri for the chase today.  Watched the storms develop on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River and then crossed the river into Illinois and let them fly by us.  Only observed severe hail.  We did observe 3 tornado damage paths from the March 12, 2006 episode.
Severe Wx Observed:  Quarter to Ping Pong Ball size Hail  (Pike, Co. IL)

April 16,
2006
 
An Easter Sunday chase was in order for today.  Even though Brian Stertz was in town today, he was unable to pull himself out of his Easter family obligations to chase with Ryan and I.  It was a day of positioning twice.  The original setup was in Central Illinois and then shifted southward as the day went on.  There were plenty of rotating wall clouds (1,2,3....) to choose today.  We finally got a brief tornado (4) near Oblong, Illinois..
Severe Wx Observed: 1 Tornado, 5 rotating Wall Clouds

April 23,
2006

Ryan and I met Brian for a Kansas chase today.  Unfortunately, the storms did not want to cooperate until right at sunset.  We did manage to see the best rotating storm (1) of the day and then took cover after dark in hopes of seeing large hail (2).  We also missed the largest hail that fell from the storm.
Severe Wx Observed:  Severe Hail, Rotating Wall Cloud

April 30,
2006
Ryan and I met Kevin Kohler as some storms crossed the Mississippi River over into Illinois.  We had hoped for supercell development, but the storms immediately lined out and no severe weather was seen by us.   Only small hail.
Severe Wx Observed:  None

June 10,
2006

A quick trip out to meet in-coming severe storms with my daughter Melissa and Ryan.  Nothing exciting as the storms weakened into a squall line.  Great lightning show to end the day.
Severe Wx Observed:  None

July 19,
2006
Ryan and I at the last minute decided to follow and overtake a storm that busted through St. Louis.  This storm had 70-90mph NE winds along with some imbedded tornado warnings.  The major extent of this storm was the wind damage that downed trees onto personal property and power lines.
Severe Wx Observed:  Wind  (80+mph)
July 21,
2006
My wife Sally and son Kyle were the unlikely occupants as our trip out for lunch turned into a chase that took us all the way to Carlyle Lake in Illinois.  As with the storm 2 days before, this storm again had high winds and tornado warnings that aggravated the already bad situation around the area.  More damage occurred from this storm due to the high winds out of the NW this time.
Severe Wx Observed:  Wind (70+mph)

September 16, 2006
Ryan and I met Brian again today and moved near our target area of the IA, NE, SD intersection.  The storms developed in the early afternoon and Brian had us on top of the cell of the day as it began to tornado.  We watched the full cycle of the 20 minute long tornado (picture 1-5).  Then saw a second tornado (picture 6) destroy a farm stead.  Best chase of the year.
Severe Wx Observed:  2 Tornadoes  (F2) (F1)


September 22, 2006
Ryan and I headed out for what would be the failure chase of the year.  After heading in the wrong direction, we scrambled back through the back roads to get us back to the proper area for the approaching cells.  Upon hitting I-44, I made the poor decision to track west to the cell and try to position from there.  That put me in the hail and bad road options.  The chase quickly came to an end when the car hydroplaned off of the road and got totaled in a stand of trees.
Severe Wx Observed:  Golfball Hail



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