THU 26 MAY
SPC issued a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms today, stating that there could be the potential for a few tornadoes, perhaps significant. Whenever the threat level is MDT or HIGH, it always tends to be very messy and not particularly ideal for chasing nor for photography, and that's exactly what happened this time. Elevated convection quickly developed over SW Kansas in the morning and moved northeast, bringing extensive cloud and cooler surface temperatures such that, despite numerous rounds of thunderstorms, most of them were sub- or just marginally-severe, with very little evidence of this potential tornado outbreak.
We drove around Kansas throughout the day, jumping from storm to storm, but overall very few got organised enough to provide any real interest, and so we called the chase off early in the evening and booked a hotel in Newton (KS).