Chasecation 2014 summary

A well-structured supercell over eastern Wyoming on May 18. (Ian Livingston)

A well-structured supercell over eastern Wyoming on May 18. (Ian Livingston)

What 2014 lacked in tornadoes during our trip, it made up with good/excellent storm structure. We were on legitimate supercells every chase day but one and picked good storms, but something was missing each day that kept the tornado count virtually nil.

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KEY STATS

100% definitive tornadoes: 0
Maybenadoes: 3 (two rain-wrapped and one that was possibly just a gustnado)

2014 chase map. (Ian Livingston)

2014 chase map. (Ian Livingston)

Chase days: 10
Total days: 14

Miles Driven: 6,600
MPG: 21.0

States seen: 16 + DC
In order: MD, WV, PA, OH, IN, IL, IA, SD, WY, NE, CO, NM, TX, AR, TN, VA, DC

Firsts (out of four chase seasons starting in 2011):
– Chase in WY (5/18)
– Chase in NM (multiple days)
– Tornadic storm in CO (5/21)
– Driving more than 500 miles and ending up right back where we started (Hobbs, NM 5/24)
– Not eating at The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX
– Not driving in KS or OK
– Not having to drive overnight the first night from MD to the Plains

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