The storm galleries of Eric Nguyen

Storm structure is my passion in storm observing.  My success in each chase usually is determined by the success I had in observing a severe storm that had some good structure associated with it.  Whether it's mammatus, striations, wallclouds, sunsets, or anything that catches my eye and is interesting, I'll consider it a success.  Supercells are obviously my favorite mode of severe storm.  However, a stacked plate shelf is just as amazing if not more so then a typical supercell.  Thus if there is a threat for such a phenomena, I'll try to stay ahead of it and go for the structure shot.  I have three main headings that I place structure pictures under, supercells, outflow, and mammatus.
030430-1b.jpg (30260 bytes)     Strong convective cell developing in Northern Oklahoma, which evolved into a long-lived supercell.
050602-5b.jpg (19168 bytes)      050602-10b.jpg (19105 bytes)      050602-14b.jpg (24557 bytes)      A series of images from a supercell that develop near Limon, Colorado on June 2, 2005.  Baseball to softball sized hail was being reported on I-70 west of Limon.
050628-2b.jpg (25908 bytes)      Some photogenic convection in northwest South Dakota on June 28, 2005.
030603-8b.jpg (25766 bytes)     030603-5b.jpg (27329 bytes)     030603-4b.jpg (23040 bytes)     We quickly noticed that our cell that developed near Springer, NM, began to get some amazing structure.  So we ignored the rest of the hail and dove south to get some structure shots.  This storm morphed into a beautiful LP supercell.  This was observed on June 3, 2003.
050602-17b.jpg (17621 bytes)      An LP supercell at 10pm west of Kit Carson, Colorado.  Taken June 2, 2005.
060509-1b.jpg (31355 bytes)     060509-2b.jpg (29104 bytes)     060509-3b.jpg (28710 bytes)     Strong convection near Gainesville, Texas.  This eventually evolved into a supercell that dropped 3 tornadoes near the town of Anna, Texas.  Taken May 9, 2006.
060608-4b.jpg (28516 bytes)      This is a developing supercell near Crow Agency, Montana, taken June 8, 2006.
030503-1b.jpg (32481 bytes)      Intense convection near Turkey, Texas, on May 3, 2003.
060610-5b.jpg (28110 bytes)     060610-6b.jpg (27496 bytes)      Developing supercell west of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, taken June 10, 2006.
030603-12b.jpg (25765 bytes)     030603-14b.jpg (25282 bytes)     030603-16b.jpg (26624 bytes)     030603-17b.jpg (26933 bytes)     A long-lived classic to LP supercell on June 3, 2003.  The structure was beautiful as the storm moved southward along the higher terrain of eastern New Mexico.

040526-7b.jpg (23356 bytes)     A gorgeous LP supercell over Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, OK, on May 26, 2004.  We observed this storm from Elk City to OKC for hours, however, it wasn't until it turned into an LP that things got interesting.  Prior to this, the storm occasionally had large wallclouds that got undercut by cold outflow.

040601-2b.jpg (22739 bytes)     040601-3b.jpg (22890 bytes)     A beautiful LP supercell in central Texas on June 1, 2004.   Both images combined shows the entire storm as it was too close to get it all on one shot.

030603-22b.jpg (27614 bytes)     A second supercell in Eastern New Mexico during sunset on June 3, 2003.  After our initial long-lived LP supercell dissipated and moved east, another LP formed to our west and went to our north.  This allowed us to get some sunset shots, however, a bolt from the blue occurred and I luckily had my shutter open to do one last time exposure!  This was the only CG we observed with this storm.
050602-18b.jpg (18867 bytes)      050602-19b.jpg (15581 bytes)      A nighttime severe storm on the Colorado prairie on June 2, 2005.
030624-30b.jpg (8885 bytes)     030624-32b.jpg (11176 bytes)     An amazing supercell that lasted for hours now giving us an incredible view as it moves off to the northeast, passing over Sioux Falls, SD.  We observed 11 tornadoes with this storm over far southeastern South Dakota.  June 24, 2003 was certainly a day to remember for many that day.
050607-6b.jpg (29492 bytes)      Striated barber-pole LP supercell as it developed a tornado near Wanblee, South Dakota.  Shot was taken on June 7, 2005, looking west.
050628-1b.jpg (31297 bytes)      Interesting supercell structure from the west side on June 28, 2005.  Image was taken in northwest South Dakota.
010506-14b.jpg (8839 bytes)     May 6, 2001 near Gene Autry, OK.  This is the third wall cloud of the day after the first one produced a photogenic tornado.  Notice the incredible vault structure, RFD notch, and inflow tail.  The view is looking west as it moved east with an area on the left having moderate rotation.
030509-3b.jpg (4305 bytes)     A rapidly rotating wallcloud near Binger, Oklahoma on May 9, 2003.  This view is looking west as this region had very strong rotation.  The inflow tail from the north is blasting into the wallcloud, however, there seems to be stable air that is ingesting into the area that hurt our chances for a tornado.  This storm continued towards the OKC metro area in which we observed an F3 tornado crossing I-35 in Oklahoma City.
990525-2b.jpg (14259 bytes)     This was taken on May 25, 1999.  This was a vicious wallcloud that had some intense vertical motion from the inflow tail to the updraft base.  A large hook on radar was observed and a brief tornado was reported, however, we never saw this.  Note how low the base of this wallcloud is!  This wallcloud eventually got wrapped in heavy rain and hail as it turned into an HP beast.
990525-10b.jpg (11027 bytes)     990525-8b.jpg (12727 bytes)     Here is a supercell east of Jayton, TX on May 25, 1999.  The LP supercell shown on the right image was casting a shadow on the storm to our east, shown on the left image.  We were treated to a gorgeous LP during sunset which ended a very successful storm day.
010505-3b.jpg (9542 bytes)     010505-2b.jpg (11524 bytes)      This is a low topped supercell near Cordell, OK, on May 5, 2001.  It initially began as a mass of weak convection that turned into a low topped exploding convective tower.  Early on it had a large cone funnel that last a minute or two before dissipating.  Twenty minutes later it produced a small tornado south of Cordell.
050612-49b.jpg (23760 bytes)      Supercell structure near Girard, Texas, after producing multiple tornadoes.  Taken on June 12, 2005.
050607-23b.jpg (23584 bytes)      050607-26b.jpg (27216 bytes)      050607-27b.jpg (27617 bytes)      Just after driving under the meso, we flank the supercell to the east and are surprised to see some stunning structure, including vorticies embedded in the striations.  Images were taken June 7, 2005 near Okaton, South Dakota.
990531-1b.jpg (12394 bytes)     A newly developing supercell near Meade, KS, on May 31, 1999.  This storm began to produce grapefruit sized hail measured at 5 inches which busted out my window as well as many others.  This produced a large tornado near Sitka, KS as well as a few other smaller tornadoes.
010529-15b.jpg (10830 bytes)      Even at midnight our supercell was still rotating like crazy.  This previously produced a tornado about an hour ago crossing 287 which resulted in the closure of that highway.   The image was taken west of Wichita Falls, TX, as it moved northeast into southern Oklahoma.  We observed this storm for 8 hours beginning from Plainview, TX, to Wichita Falls, TX, which spans several hundred miles.  May 29, 2001.


030405-7b.JPG (3905 bytes)     Cold outflow is causing this shelf cloud to reach the surface.  A few people reported this as a wallcloud on the ground, however, this is merely the leading edge of very cold outflow as this once tornadic supercell turns HP.  This storm began to produce 3 - 4 inch hail as it moved towards Woodson, TX, on April 5, 2003.
030601-5b.jpg (26431 bytes)     030601-6b.jpg (24557 bytes)     A gorgeous shelf in the vicinity of a wind farm near Sublette, Kansas, June 1, 2003.
060608-19b.jpg (28450 bytes)     060608-20b.jpg (27838 bytes)     After a supercell gusted out, we were treated to a cool shelf cloud near Miles City, Montana.
060610-7b.jpg (26912 bytes)     060610-8b.jpg (25221 bytes)     Images of an elevated shelf near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on June 10, 2006.
050513-16b.jpg (21710 bytes)      Passage of a shelf cloud associated with a large HP supercell near Munday, Texas, on May 13, 2005.
050603-4b.jpg (27088 bytes)     050603-5b.jpg (25486 bytes)      Strong outflow and large hail were being reported with this HP forward-flank mesocyclone near Denver, Colorado, on June 3, 2005.
030601-1b.jpg (30332 bytes)     030601-2b.jpg (27810 bytes)     030601-3b.jpg (26431 bytes)     030601-4b.jpg (31222 bytes)     Some convection developed in a rather dry boundary layer resulting in an immediate forward propagating linear complex.  For that reason, we stayed ahead of it waiting for a decent shelf to form.  Later that day a gorgeous stacked plate shelf developed over southwest Kansas on June 1, 2003.
000415-1b.jpg (9439 bytes)     Here is an impressive shelf cloud along the TX/OK borders on April 15, 2000.  We originally were expected supercells that day, however, the shear and weaker cap supported a linear convective mode.  We still were treated to this impressive site!
010000-5b.jpg (12612 bytes)     A very cool looking gust front moving through Norman just after the OU football game ended.   This view is looking westward as a line of severe storms moves east into our county.  This was shot with slide film on a time exposure.
010506-15b.jpg (9661 bytes)     A passing shelf cloud on May 20, 2001 in southern Oklahoma.  Notice the sharp contrast between blue skies and dark clouds, there was a decent temperature gradient as well.
010527-2b.jpg (14830 bytes)     Monster shelf cloud with sustained winds at 70-80mph behind it, on May 27, 2001 near Sitka, KS.   With strong northwest flow and abundant instability, a large derecho developed and moved southward at 50-60 mph!


050507-2b.jpg (30708 bytes)      Mammatus over O'Neill, Nebraska, on May 7, 2005.
060610-2b.jpg (30720 bytes)     Some mammatus clouds near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on June 10, 2006.
030613-8b.jpg (4523 bytes)     Lots of mammatus behind a squall line along the TX / NM border, on June 13, 2003.
030602-6b.jpg (25779 bytes)     030602-7b.jpg (26805 bytes)     030602-8b.jpg (28301 bytes)     Some mammatus in eastern New Mexico on June 2, 2003.  Photos can't seem to capture the true essence of what it is like to look up and see these huge cotton balls in the sky, but I do my best.
980621-2b.jpg (9245 bytes)     Here are some mammatus from a spectacular supercell north of Enid, OK on June 21, 1998.

Many of these images appear in the photo book
Adventures in Tornado Alley: The Storm Chasers
by Mike Hollingshead and Eric Nguyen (now available)

Last Update: 05/30/09