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5/24/04 Albany, Missouri
Loaded Gun Chasing
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5/24/04
Albany, Missouri
Tornadic Supercell

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conveying how incredible these storms are.
conveying how incredible these storms are.


It was a high risk day in northeast Kansas. Like most of my other reports from 2004, it was a long
time ago and I don't remember a whole lot about the setup that day.  We were running a little late and
had to play catch up on the storm in NW Missouri. The terrain is less than ideal for chasing in northern
Missouri so there were a lot of times where we didn't have a good visual on the storm. The road
networks kind of suck too, so I couldn't get as close as I would have liked to.

When we got on the storm it already had a very good looking updraft base and wall cloud. The
rotation in the wall cloud was intense and it was so close to the ground that I knew it was only a
matter of time before the storm went tornadic. Here are some pictures of the updraft base and the
wall cloud as it developed.
that kept spinning up vorticies. Below are a few pictures of this tornado which was very close to Albany
that kept spinning up vorticies. Below are a few pictures of this tornado which was very close to Albany
and Bethany Missouri. This tornado hit a hospital, but I never found out how much damage it did.and
Bethany Missouri. This tornado hit a hospital, but I never found out how much damage it did.
This funnel died out and a new rope funnel formed as we entered some town that I don't remember.
The sirens were blaring and we stopped in the parking lot of a Quiktrip and shot video of the rope
funnel, but it never managed to descend more than half way to the ground. Below are pictures.
We followed the storm East of town where it made one more attempt at a tornado. There was very
good vertical motion with this last funnel and I really thought it was going to get it done, but it didn't.
The funnel was literally right in front of us and right as it got close to dropping down some cop drove
right by us and went directly under the funnel. The guy probably never even realized how close he was.
Below are a couple pictures of this last funnel before it got dark.
This was a memorable chase because it was the first time I ever took my dad chasing and I managed
to get him a tornado. He was extremely pumped about it. He still brings it up every so often when he
is telling somebody about me chasing. I have taken him chasing a couple times since then and gotten
him two more weak tornadoes. I still haven't got him up close to a strong tornado, but I will. That is
the biggest thrill there is. When you get close enough to a tornado to see debris flying and hear the
roar it makes it is unbelievable. Maybe I'll get him that close to one this year.

This was my fourth tornadic storm in an incredible 2004 season and it was only half way over. This
storm really boosted my confidence and made me realize that my hard work had finally paid off. I had
hit on every big day in 2004 up to this point and I knew it wasn't a fluke. I had finally gotten good at
forecasting and after this storm I felt unstoppable. I didn't question myself and I had 100% faith
before a big day that I would nail the forecast. It was a great feeling and I'll never forget it. Of course
since then I've gotten force fed a piece of humble pie by mother nature more than once, which keeps
me humble, but I was loving my success in the end of May of 2004 and what made it even better was
that I knew I truly deserved it after three years of hard work.