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May 11 - Travel Day and Sleep

Hello from Dodge City, Kansas!

Today was a non-chase day. We had an awesome dinner last night in Wichita, KS at a Texas Roadhouse and a few "beverages" with Chris Kridler and the Storm Hunters team Mark Robinson, Jaclyn Whittal, Michel Millaire. We all caught up on some much needed sleep and slept in this morning. After a late breakfast, Matt, Brad and I decided to slowly meander our way west. The next possible chase set ups could be some very marginal risk days in either the TX panhandle or maybe SE CO. Instead of trying to make a long haul drive on of these days, we thought it would be better to just make a few hours every day.

We travelled west out of Wichita, KS and stopped in Greensburg, KS. Brad and I have visited the place several times since we started storm chasing in 2010 but Matt had never been there. We can't believe how much the town has grown. For those of you unaware, Greensburg, KS was hit by a devastating EF5 tornado (the strongest a tornado can get on the scale of 0-5) on May 4, 2007.

Photo Courtesy: Melanie Metz - The Greensburg, KS EF5 tornado on the night of May 4, 2007.

About 95% of the town was destroyed. The tornado hit the town just after 9:30pm CT causing several fatalities. It's quite amazing how there is still so much evidence of the massive tornado: many trees never recovered, there are many empty and exposed foundations, many walkways that lead to nothing where a house once stood...

Radar loop of the storm that produced the Greensburg, KS EF5 tornado on May 7, 2007.

After leaving Greensburg, KS, we headed to Dodge City, KS and are spending the night here. We'll do some more forecasting for the coming days and catch up on some video and photo editing... Oh and sleep!