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By: UMTornadoCamp13 , 2:59 PM GMT on May 19, 2013
Good morning from Hutchinson, KS!
We are more than excited to share our experience of chasing yesterday. The team headed up to south central Kansas to intercept convective weather initiating along the dry line (a boundary between dry air from the Rockies and moist air from the gulf). These storms paid off, producing three tornadoes in Rozel and Sanford, KS.
The storm initially dropped a tornado west of state highway 183. The tornado was back lit from a low sun, creating a beautiful pink/orange background. The first tornado remained relatively stationary and last for roughly 10 minutes (exact times remain uncalculated). We were stationed inside 10 km of the tornado. The tornado retreated for a few minutes and dropped again nearby, but didn't fully reach the ground.
After the dissipation of the second tornado, another dropped to the east of state highway 183. This time the storm was lit from the front so it appeared to be white and gray in color and lasted for roughly 5 minutes.
The team is traveling to the Kansas and Oklahoma border area to continue the chase with optimal conditions. Factors to consider while chasing today are the terrain and population. The radar must have a clear line of sight with no trees or hills to effectively take data.
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