May 3rd North Central Kansas Storm Chase - Low Topped Thunderstorm Funnel

05-03-07 CHASE LOG:  KSThis was not your typical "storm chase" as we were on a travel day to set up for the chase the following day.  This was the start of our filming of "Twister Sisters", a reality television show that MaryLynn and I were a part of in 2007.  The show aired in December of 2007 and January of 2008 with re-runs for a few years after.  The funny thing about this is that we were driving on I-70 between Salina and Russell, KS and came up over a hill and noticed a really nice cold air funnel that was halfway to the ground!  That was an amazing site to see as we were not expecting any severe weather this day, let alone any funnels.  The funnel formed from a low topped thunderstorm, then dissipated and recycled with a wall cloud before the storm weakened in strength.  Our crew of Suburbans and vans pulled off the Interstate to witness this "gift" that Mother Nature had given us.  It was a great start to one of the more fun experiences of my life...being a cast member in a television show.

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This is the view of our dashboard in our suburban when we were filming for the Twister Sisters reality television show.  Notice the 3 dash cameras, one for the driver, another for the passenger, and another to look out the front window.  Quite the set-up.

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View of the funnel a few miles to the south of the Interstate as we were traveling between Salina and Russell, Kansas.

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Funnel cloud approaching Interstate 70 in north-central Kansas.

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Wall cloud organizing a mile to the west of I-70 and several miles to the south of our position.

More photos from this  day can be found here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/39991047@N02/sets/72157621770518272/

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