June 4, 2005: Tornado 14 miles E. of Arkansas City, Kansas
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Meteorologist George Flickinger's Storm Chasing Pictures and Southern Plains Forecasts
Flickinger Weather
Flickinger Weather
Meteorologist George Flickinger's Storm Chasing Pictures and Southern Plains Forecasts
Flickinger Weather
June 4, 2005 appeared to be the highest tornado risk day for the Southern Plains during 2005. Chasers saw several large tornadoes in Northeastern Kansas, but only a few small tornadoes touched down in southern Kansas.

The storms below were photographed on a difficult chase north of Pawhuska, OK, just north of the OK/KS state line. Plenty of wall cloud lowerings to be seen but few tornadoes.

We videotaped a small tornado that lived only a few minutes before occluding and dissipating. We reported the tornado to the Wichita NWS and apparently we were the only chasers who saw it. This provides an example of the importance of chasers: if we didn't call it in, a tornado would not have been logged.
"Undetected" tornado in Southern Cowley, County Kansas
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After camping out in northern Oklahoma all afternoon, a storm takes hold just to our east. This storm produced a small tornado near Dexter, KS. We let this storm go and jumped on a bigger storm to our south.
Here's a video still from Shyla's camera, and that's a funnel on the left and rain shaft on the right. We're looking west from KS Highway 15 along the KS/OK state line. A brief tornado may have occurred before our cameras were turned on.
We bounce down a grass/gravel road for a closer look and videotape this funnel.
Tornado. This small tornado lived less than 5 minutes as we watched rain curtains flow into the circulation. The rain wrap choked off the inflow flow -- a very quick occlusion. No more tornadoes were reported.
Our Storm Chase caravan: David J. Williams, George and Shyla Flickinger,  and Daniel and Mike Lockhoff....