After having 3 trips out in the plains over the last week and a half, it was a stretch to consider heading back out that way again for a 4th time. In the morning I saw a post from our friend Tom Stolze stating he wanted to head west, but wanted to hook up with someone to do so. That was the deciding factor for me. The trip was 'on' as Tom was now joining my son Ryan and I.
We headed out about 11:00am toward Kansas City without a clear cut target. That was to be determined on the way. We also were in communication with our chase partner in Overland Park, Brian Stertz who had a full day of work lined up, but was hoping to finish before the storms got going. He finished about the time we were driving through Kansas City, so a quick side track and Brian was also now in the car.
We decided our target was to head south on I-35 as the storm initiation seemed to favor that area. We began noticing development and kept an eye on a couple of cells beginning to look favorable southwest of Lawrence, Kansas. We exited I-35 at the Edgerton, Kansas exit and worked our way west on Highway 59 as the storms continued to grow and move toward us from the southwest. One of the storms became the dominant cell and before long, the cell went tornado warned. We had found a high spot along side of the highway for a view of the storm as it passed just to the west.
For the most part, we had fairly decent position on the tornadic circulation throughout the chase. We had views at the business end of the storm from the south, southeast, east, and northeast of the circulation at various points in the chase and none of the angles allowed us a view into the storm to see the tornado.
14.5 Hours - 780 Miles
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