On May 11th, 2014 there were two areas that gave chasers a shot at a tornado, one being SE Nebraska and the other being Central Kansas. SE Nebraska was the expected hotspot, where the parameters presented the best chance while Kansas was kind of an afterthought, considered a secondary target by most. On my way up I-35 I had reached a point where I had to make a decision on where to chase and went with my gut. This took me to the Great Bend area. Fortunately storms formed quickly near Dodge City, but were moving quickly to the northeast so I traveled west and got to the storms near Burdette. After sticking with this original storm another storm had formed further south near the Oklahoma border and I was actually on the way to that storm another developed just southwest of Kinsley. It developed a nice wall cloud quickly and actually produced a couple of funnels that never quite reached the ground. Once this storm went through the Great Bend area, one final cell developed to the south and produced an awesome shelf cloud with a bubbling top, the one captured above to be the #7 photo of 2014. Personally this is one of my favorite photos of the year because this shelf cloud had a little bit of everything: The orange and pink coloring, bubbling mammatus, and was so massive that it commanded your attention. This day produced a lot of great photos for my catalog and this one was one of the top photos from the day, and #7 of the year.
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