Storm Chase 2012 (Storm chase images and reports)

May 18 - May 30

by William T. Hark
Stock Photgraphy and Video

The 2012 chase season was unexpectedly good. In April, I had a chance to chase the April 14, 2012 tornado outbreak since it was on a Saturday but blew it off due to very high airfares and the expectation of a great May. By mid-May, the long range pattern was terrible, and I almost delayed my May 18th departure to Tornado Alley. Luckily, I stayed on schedule and was able to video multiple tornadoes in Harper County, Kansas on May 19 including one that shredded a wind turbine. I also photographed an annular eclipse in New Mexico, another tornado in La Crosse, Kansas and multiple supercells across Texas. It was fun getting together with chaser friends and travelling across the Plains.

Total miles: 4627

Click on the picture or text to access the corresponding chase log. There are thumbnail images in the middle or the end of the chase accounts. Click on the small pictures for a larger image.

Images are for sale. If you have questions about image usage, video for television shows, or tornadoes and storm chasing, please see my Storm F.A.Q.

Last modified: May 9, 2013

May 18 (Arrival and preparations in Wichita, Kansas)

May 19 (Multiple tornadoes in a Harper County, KS wind farm)

May 20 (Annular solar eclipse in New Mexico)

May 21 (The agony of defeat in the Texas Panhandle)

May 22 (Cancelled storm chase and landscape photography in Nebraska and South Dakota)

May 23 - 24 (Nebraska storms and beautiful Kansas sunset)

May 25 (La Crosse, Kansas tornado and Kansas gustnado)

May 26 - 29 (Storms in Nebraska, down days and western Oklahoma storms and brushfire)

May 30 (Multiple tornado-warned supercells in western Texas)

All photos and pictures are copyright 2012 William T. Hark, M.D except as noted. My pictures are either video captures using HD camcorders (Sony 3CCD Z1 and Canon HV20) or images from the Nikon D200/Canon SD 800.

Return to Storm Chase Photos and Accounts

Please E-mail me with questions, comments and complaints.