Storm Chase 2002

May 17 - May 28


by William T. Hark
Stock Photgraphy and Video

This was one of the worst storm chase seasons in years; however I was still able to see some intense and beautiful storms including several brief tornadoes. May 23 was the best day with multiple dusty tornadoes near Lipscomb, Texas and a beast of a supercell near Pampa/Borger, Texas with multiple brief tornadoes, giant wall cloud and frequent lightning.

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Last modified: January 22, 2003



May 17 - 21(waiting for storms in Norman, Oklahoma; high winds and severe storms in Nebraska)


May 22 (Smith Center, Kansas: supercell, horshoe vortex and sheriffnado)


May 23 (Texas: dusty tornadoes near Lipscomb; Pampa/Borger beast with brief tornadoes, lightning, wall cloud)


May 24 (Texas: Severe storms near Benjamin, Vera and Vernon)
and May 25 (Texas: Palo Duro Canyon, chaser dinner at Big Texan)


May 26 (Gustnado outbreak in the Oklahoma Panhandle)


May 27 (Storms near San Angelo, Texas)


May 28 (Storms near Bakersfield in southwestern Texas)


During this trip, I chased with the the following chasers: Scott Blair, Chris Kridler, Dave Lewison, and Jason Persoff, M.D.. Thanks to Jim Leonard and Charles Edwards of Cloud 9 Tours for help with data and some forecasting. I also received updates from Tim Vasquez's Chase Hotline.

All photos and pictures are copyright 2002 William T. Hark, M.D except as noted. My pictures are either video captures using a Sony TRV-900 mini DV or scanned slides from a Nikon FG and Fuji Velvia film.


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