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Live Tracker News Softball-sized hail pummels TV.net stormchasers!!
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Written by Reed Timmer   
Friday, 05 May 2006 14:00

TV.net stormchasers Reed Timmer and Joel Taylor were chasing and incredible supercell in western Gaines County, TX near the New Mexico border that made several attempts at producing a tornado. The supercell was initially moving ENE, but when the second meso occluded, the storm appeared to weaken and it made a hard turn to the right just northwest of Seminole, TX. Reed and Joel flew south and thought they had avoided much of the damaging hail, but suddenly, numerous baseball to softball-sized hail began falling from the sky. Four stones impacted the windshield leaving massive craters and covering Reed and Joel with glass, including glass splinters in their eyes. While Reed was videotaping with his window down, a softball-sized stone struck and destroyed the side mirror, narrowly missing Reed's right hand and un-insured videocamera. Two people in the vehicle sustained minor cuts, marking the first time a stormchase has drawn blood on the TV.net team. The radar image below at left shows the storm when it nearly produced a tornado WNW of Seminole, TX, just before the hail incident. The TV.net position is indicated by the white circle, and the radar was indicating 3.5" hail at the time of the radar image from this storm. The image at right is from just north of Seminole, TX during the brunt of the hailstorm.

 

 
Sony HDR FX1 Purchased!!
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Written by Reed Timmer   
Tuesday, 02 May 2006 10:56
TV.net purchased an HD camcorder today, with shipment expected in 1-2 days...perfect timing for the heart of the tornado season. Now, the TV.net team can capture unprecedented footage from close range, and will be able to share their tornadoes with the rest of the world in immaculate detail.
 
April 14 Outbreak
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Written by Reed Timmer   
Friday, 14 April 2006 17:01
The ingredients appear to be coming together tomorrow (Saturday, April 15) for a significant severe weather outbreak over eastern NE, northeast KS, southwest IA, and northwest MO, including the threat for large, violent tornadoes. TV.net stormchasers Reed Timmer, Joel Taylor, and Dean Schoeneck will be targeting southeast to east-central NE based on the 12Z and 18Z NAM and GFS runs today, accompanied by their friends from the UK, Sarah Norris and Ben. The diehard UK stormchaser Martin Lawrence will once again accompany us, despite our 9 stormchasing busts in a row. Surprisingly, his faith in us catching him a tornado remains intact!

As seen in the image below from the 00z NAM, extreme SE NE and NE KS has a maximum in CAPE, 0-1 km helicity, and dewpoint, and also is located in the left exit of the upper-level jet streak. The hodograph from Omaha (storm motion indicated by red dot) is perfect for large, violent tornadoes with a long low-level shear vector with the streamwise vorticity maximized. Thus, the TV.net team is selecting Beatrice, NE as an initial target.

 

Interested media outlets can contact Reed Timmer via cell phone at 405-206-2307.
 
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