A FEW STORM PHOTOS OF ON SITE STORM CHASES BY JOHN HALLEN
 

Below is a brief photo gallery of what we encounter in a chase. These are just a few of what we have. The video shows some live action in the field... and some of our research projects moving into the 2010 severe weather season.

SWS IS ABOUT RESEARCH FIRST... SOLUTIONS... EARLY WARNINGS.. SAVING LIVES... PRESERVATION OF PROPERTY

TORNAD0 INSANITY | SWS SEVERE WEATHER RESEARCH ON LOCATION

THE SUPERCELL: This is how these storms get going. We look for these monster thunderstorms to produce what we are after. We really like isolated cells as squall line thunderstorms do not produce good "LP" low precipitation. Many squall line storms produce "HP" high precipitation, therefore it is very dangerous an not safe to chase these.
THE SUPERCELL
THE ANVIL
THE RIGHT POSITIONING: Once you go in to the right spot, it pays off to get in early. If you did your radar analysis right, you get right in under the rotation of the wall cloud. Below are a few examples of what we have experienced timing it right.
THE RIGHT PLACE
ROTATION AT ITS BEST
LOW ROTATING WALL CLOUD
IN THE TORNADIC CIRCULATION
THE TEXTBOOK HOOK ECHO: Prior to a major tornado event, we got this shot of this cell in a good picturesque rotation. This picture shows a really good view of what we see on radar, but from the ground level. This is an early stage moment.
THE PRIZE: This is what we strive for. To be "in the zone". TORNADOES !!! Getting in early is so rewarding.Our lead severe storm analyst John Hallen gets the prize. He has been within 20 feet of a touchdown. There is one of these photos you can see a large violent wedge at really close range
A GOOD KANSAS WEDGE
A REALLY WELL DEFINED TORNADO
ONE CROSSES THE ROAD
TO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
A GOVE KANSAS ROPE
A GOOD PARTIAL IN SOUTH DAKOTA
A BEAUTIFUL CONTRAST SD TWISTER
ANOTHER FIND IN GOOD OLE KANSAS
AT THE END OF A SUCCESSFUL DAY: The below photos were shot at the end of these tornadic storms. There is such a beautiful hue of light as the sun sets and the supercells pick up the lighting. I always look for these types of almost peaceful moments after the storms.
A LATE EVENING GUSTNADO
THE CALM AFTER THE STORM
MAMMATUS CLOUDS
A KANSAS SUNSET
THE TEXTBOOK CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING STRIKE: We actually had a rotating supercell off the coast in Southern California. A really strong waterspout was sighted out of this cell. This shot wins the prize though.

WE HAVE SO MUCH IN OUR PHOTO ARCHIVES.. THIS PAGE WILL BE INSANE AFTER WE POST THE NEW PICTURES AFTER THE 2009 SEASON:

WE ARE STILL REELING AND PERUSING ON OUR 2008 SEASON. AS IT IS OUR PRIORITY TO STUDY ALL OF OUR VISUAL DATA FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES. AFTER THE MAY SEASON OF 2008, WHERE OVER 595 TORNADO REPORTS ARE DOCUMENTED... IT WAS THE MOST BUSY YEAR FOR TEAM SWS. NOW WE PREPARE FOR THE NEW SPRING SEASON.

FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR US AT SEVERE WARNING SYSTEMS, ITS ABOUT RESEARCH. ALL THE PICTURES ARE REALLY SECONDARY FOR US.




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WE HAVE SO MUCH IN OUR PHOTO ARCHIVES: WE ARE STILL REELING AND PERUSING ON OUR 2008 SEASON. AS IT IS OUR PRIORITY TO STUDY ALL OF OUR VISUAL DATA FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES, THERE ARE SOME GREAT PHOTOGENIC SHOTS AS YOU CAN SEE. AFTER THE MAY SEASON OF 2008, WHERE OVER 595 TORNADO REPORTS ARE DOCUMENTED, WE HAVE BETTER PHOTO AND VIDEO GEAR FOR 2009.

FOR US AT SEVERE WARNING SYSTEMS, ITS ABOUT RESEARCH. ALL THE PICTURES ARE REALLY SECONDARY.

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