MAY 28th 2013

Wow what an awesome chase day!. It just goes to show that even if the potential is not as good as the previous day's moderate risk, this slight risk day can still deliver greater storms.

It was tough to pick a target area, as there was potential in over 450,000 miles of chase terrain in over 4 States. However we managed to get lucky as we got on a isolated cell that fired up just outside the town of BENNINGTON, KS.

The storm was almost stationary and we watched as it got a very pronounced hook on radar. We began to see the visibly rotating wall cloud which began to produce a tornado which began to slowly touch down in front of us. The tornado forming behind a barn and we were unable to see the rotation at the ground, and although the tornado was almost stationary and was fast taking on a wedge appearance we decided to relocate

We repositioned ourselves to our SW so that we stayed close to it. So close in fact we could hear the roar as it churned through the landscape.

This was fast becoming the predicted wedge tornado which for a time was very photogenic. Eventually it began to become embedded in rain and visibly difficult to track as the storm itself became HP, so we decided to call the chase and keep away from the strong core of the storm.

We decided to chase the cell until its decaying stage before relocating to Salina.

The tornado itself was reported to have been situated over one area for up to three minutes at any one time as was it's almost stationary motion, and was reported to be close to half a mile wide at its mature stage.

The great thing about this tornado was it was rated at EF-1 as it only caused minimal damage to the areas that it impacted. It was located in open farmland and did not affect property or life. These are the tornadic scenarios that we all wish to see as storm chasers.