Sorry about the absence. I have been busy with work, raising my family, traveling, and of course storm chasing. The 2014 chase season ended and now it’s time to look forward to 2015. Career wise, it’s been off to a great start. Personally, it hasn’t been but I am hoping it gets better. 2014 had some interesting chases.
June 25, 2014, I documented flooding in Oakland Twp in Butler County. After shooting footage for my Youtube channel, “The Midnight Experience,” I was off to central PA to chase some storms. Central PA was under a “slight risk” of severe weather according to the SPC. I arrived at Parker Dam State Park. I prefer chasing in state parks/state game lands because they are public lands and they have awesome vantage points. Storms were moving northeast through PA. What I thought was a promising looking storm actually broke up over the mountains. I checked radar and saw another cell moving through St. Mary’s, PA. I drove north on state route 153. When I arrived at Penfield, PA, that cell fizzled out. I drove to SB Elliot State Park because I saw another nice looking cell moving through. Guess what, it fizzled out. The day wasn’t entirely a bust. I got some practice chasing in the mountains and got my target area right. Chasing in high elevations is very difficult and frustrating at times but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If you can chase in Clearfield County, PA, I guess you can chase anywhere.
July 7 and 8 were multiday chases. I intercepted 5 storms in northern Butler County. Storm 5 was the storm with the cherry on top. It was severe warned. It was part of a multicell cluster that moved through southern Venango County. After editing pictures/video, I rested up for another day of chasing. The next day, I intercepted a tornado warned storm in Mercer County, PA. The storm was an HP(high precipitation) supercell. Driving up Interstate 79, the sky was looking very ominous. I planned my target area to intercept at Goddard State Park. There were no severe warnings on any of the storms near me. I chose the storm that was moving northeast. It was the southernmost storm. Turns out, I got a tornadic storm. Parked along the dirt roads near Goddard State Park, I saw a wall cloud develop. The winds picked up. Rain was starting to come down in sheets. But there were no warnings on it. Five minutes later, I receive a text message on my phone informing me of an extreme alert. A tornado warning has been issued for Mercer County until 3:30 pm. This storm however did produced an EF-1 tornado west of the town of Mercer. It was a fast moving storm, moving at speeds of nearly 60 mph. By the time the storm got to my location, rain cold air cut off any chance of it producing a tornado. As that storm moved east, another line of storms were forming. They were non severe multicell storms. I watched as that storm moved over Lake Wilheim. Those storms were associated with the cold front that moved through.
August 21 and 22 had semi decent set ups. I intercepted 6 non severe storms on August 21. Nothing too exciting but enough to full fill my chasing. August 22, I got 2 storms up in Venango County. All the storms were non severe.
October 21, I intercepted a mesolow that moved through Butler County. I saw a text book looking shelf cloud at Moraine State Park.
The week of November 17, I was treated to an early season snow. I spent at least 3 days that week at Moraine State Park documenting conditions.
December was a blur to me but I did manage to document high winds at Moraine. December is always a rough month for me because I work retail and we all know how retail can be that time of year.
I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings chase wise. With extra child care, I will be able to travel greater distances to chase and document severe weather. Good luck to everybody in 2015.