photographs Copyright 2003, Erik W. L. Anderson
Radar and other tools were
used during our chase. When connection was available, we used
mobile internet; and when not available, or we wanted a faster
connection, we made stops at a library and at KOOL98.
Throughout the storm we had
beautiful glimpses of nature, from scenery, to rain glistening
wildflowers blowing in the wind, to birds singing right as the tornado
was passing by.
We watched a wall cloud for
sometime struggling to make a go of it. It would form, begin to
send lowerings, then collapse.... and then form again. To our East
we were also watching more circulation that appeared to be more
promising, so we began to head towards that. We came to another
spot where we felt we could clearly see both fronts and then witnessed
the two combine and our original wall cloud began to grow in strength.
Soon the wall cloud began to send lowerings, and then a
funnel appeared and up righted itself.
At one point a second funnel came down, but it was very
seemed to want to pose for us, staying on the ground for about ten
minutes, covering only a short distance........ so why not take
advantage and pose with it?
An F2 tornado according to the Fujita Scale causes trees
to be uprooted or snapped. We witnessed telephone poles snapped at
the base, gnarled trees, tripods blowing over, and camera bags being
sucked out of our truck. According to Bill Doms, a grove of
cottonwood trees with 30-40"+ girth was uprooted and snapped as
Nice meso to
the southwest of Naper, Nebraska. To the southeast of our vantage,
we also caught a glimpse of another tornado near Oneill,
Digital photography by Erik
W. L. Anderson was featured in Nebraska daily newspapers and StormTours.com
video footage was featured ABC News, Good Morning America, and The
Weather Channel. The chase was also mentioned on KOOL98 and
featured on their Web site.