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Welcome to the Texas Tailchaser's Stormpage! 
Updated 7/19/99

Howdy!! My name is Steve Miller, KD5FMI. People often ask me why the name "Texas Tailchaser"? First off, it is not intended in the obvious context. Rather, when I was a boy, my dear grandmother who was also born and raised in Texas always referred to tornadoes as "naders" or more often "tails". I remember her talking about how a tail would come out of the clouds and  terrify everybody. I also used to be in a bass fishing club called the Tailchasers Bass Club (fish have tails too<g>). So with this in mind combined with my tendency to sometimes to feel like I am chasing my tail in circles, it was only natural to take up the name "Texas Tailchaser".

This site is dedicated to stormchasing in Texas & Oklahoma...the heart of Tornado Alley. Included are links that I normally rely upon to plan and coordinate my chases.  This is only one of the many different pages I have at this site, so be sure to check out my Site Index for an up-to-date listing.

Although I am not a degreed meteorologist (calculus = Tylenol), my passion for weather and severe storms is great. I do consider myself to be an amateur meteorologist. For over 20 years, I have studied and read everything about meteorology I could get my hands on, especially if it related to severe storms and tornadoes. I have attended many seminars and classes related to stormchasing, advanced stormspotting, and severe weather forecasting. Heck, I used to always watch the late, great Harold Taft of Channel 5 in Ft. Worth from whom I learned a great deal. He was a master at forecasting and understanding Texas weather...a true legend in the weather world. Today, I continue to study meteorology and severe storms as often as possible.  It is one of my deepest intellectual passions.

Born just west of Lubbock and living in North Texas all of my life, I have had a front row seat to the greatest show on earth....Texas Weather. My chasing experience began early in life since I was able to get my first driver's license....long before "Twister" popularized it. Today, I live in the heart of Tornado Alley just north of Dallas, Texas. For my real job, I am a MVS mainframe computer programmer/analyst. After enjoying being single all of my life, I am finally engaged to be married February 12, 2000 to my wonderful fiancee Julie (a native Texas gal of course). I am age 34 and like rooting for the Cowboys, Rangers, and the 1999 Stanley Cup Champions the Dallas Stars!! I enjoy listening to all sorts of music, writing, reading, relaxing, Casino gambling, amusement parks, camping, fishing and above all meteorology, stormchasing and storm photography. I am fascinated with research pertaining to tornadogenesis and severe storm dynamics and forecasting. Stormchasing is definitely more than a passive hobby, closer to an addiction actually. So, if you happen to see a blue Dodge Ram Extended Cab 4x4 and a rotating wall cloud at the same time, say hello and then RUN!  ;-)

I am also very happy to profess my faith in God and Jesus Christ as my savior.  My life has changed so much for the better. :-)  I won't do any preaching, but if you are really wanting a better life for yourself...especially if you are overwhelmed with despair and hoplessness as I once was, then seek him out and ask him into your life....it is so easy. It took me all of my 34 years to finally accept him and wish I had sooner. I'll be happy to talk to you about how and why I did and offer you any encouragement or advice. Email me anytime.

I am a licensed amateur radio operator which I enjoy as well. I usually monitor 147.12 or 146.92 duplex and 146.52 simplex. My call sign is KD5FMI.
SITE INDEX
MY SEVERE STORM OUTLOOK - I offer my own severe weather forecast for the southern plains issued 1800Z every day during the active season. I am hoping to be able to do it twice a day in the future.

CHASE REPORTS AND PICTURES  (7-7-98) Check out my latest chase reports and picture gallary.

CHECK IT OUT!  (8-18-98) A page that I have put together of really great sites that I highly recommend for anybody interested in severe weather. You will find educational links, excellent detailed case studies of severe weather events, some very interesting cool stuff, and lots of links about the Jarrell, Texas tragedy. There is something for everybody so be sure to stop in here before leaving.

KWIKPAGE - A condensed and abbreviated version of my stormpage for chasing on the road where faster downloads are necessary. Now up & running!

COOL IMAGES (7-25-98)  Some very cool, interesting, unusual and educational images that I have captured on the internet. Radar, satellite, and other similar items will be featured here with different images when I have time. 

RELATED LINKS (9-9-98)  You'll find a plethora of links here related to chasing and meteorology. If you are a new chaser, wanting to learn more about weather, a veteren chaser, weather weenie, meteorologist, etc., then you will want to explore here. Lots of links!!

SUPERCELL DEPRIVATION CENTER - Some chase related humor inspired by the last three years of very limited number of good supercell storms to chase in the southern plains. A supercell drought...no doubt. 

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RADAR
TOP SATELLITE SURFACE FORECASTS/OUTLOOKS UPPER AIR  MODELS WATCHES/WARNINGS/TEXT
DALLAS/FT. WORTH OKLAHOMA CITY
KXAS-5 - 5 min KWTV-9 - 5-10 min (zooms)
WFAA-8 - 2 min KOC0-5 - 5-10 min
KTVT-11 - 5 min NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx
NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI
NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI  3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)
3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)  
   
ABILENE TULSA
KTAB-32 - 10 min KJRH-2 - every minute
KTXS-12 - 5 min, (zooms) KOTV-6-2 min, BIG PIC-hi-res,5 min
NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx
NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI
3 PANEL REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee) 3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)
   
LAWTON/WICHITA FALLS SAN ANGELO
KSWO-7 - 5 min NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx
NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI
 NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI 3 PANEL REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)
3 PANEL  REF...LOOP  VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)  
   
LUBBOCK AMARILLO
KAMC-28 - 2-5 min KVII-7 - 2-5 min
NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx E.O.C. - Hutchinson County & N. Panhandles
NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx
3 PANEL REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee) NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI
  3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)
   
WICHITA, KS MIDLAND
KWCH-12 - 3 min KWES-9 - 2min
KAKE-10 - 5 min NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx
NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI
NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI 3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)
3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)  
   
ENID, OK DODGE CITY, KS
NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx
NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI
3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee) 3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)
   
WACO TYLER
NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx KETK-56 - 5 min
NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30 min; WSI
3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)  
   
AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO HOUSTON
KXAN-36 -  2-5 min,   Loop KPRC-2 - every minute 
KVUE-24 - 5-10 min.,   Loop KHOU-11 - 1-2 min.
NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx NEXRAD - 10-30 min; AccuWx
NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI NEXRAD | VELOCITY - 10-30min; WSI
3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)  3 PANEL  REF...LOOP VEL TOPS - WXTAP (fee)
   
REGIONAL
S. PLAINS IMAGE - AccuWx - 30-60 min NORTH TEXAS - TWC - 10 min
S. PLAINS LOOP - AccuWx - 60 min loops NORTH/WEST TEXAS - TWC - 10 min
N TX RADAR IMAGE - Webpoint - 15-30 min W. OK / TEXAS PANHANDLE - TWC - 10 min
OK RADAR IMAGE - Webpoint - 15-30 min W. TEXAS / NM - TWC - 10 min
SE TX RADAR IMAGE - Webpoint - 15-30min NW OK / S. KANSAS - TWC - 10 min
RADAR SUM. N. TX, OK  - Intellicast-60 min SW TEXAS - TWC - 10 min
RADAR SUM. TX - (s. of Red River)-Intellicast-60min SE TEXAS - TWC - 10 min
RADAR EST. PRECIP. - Intellicast - 24hr summary
RADAR EST. PRECIP. - AccuWx - 24hr summary LIGHTNING STRIKES - SE Half of TX
S/CTRL TX  N TX, OK  S. PLAINS - WXTAP (fee) LIGHTNING - WXTAP (fee)


SATELLITE
TOP RADAR SURFACE FORECASTS/OUTLOOKS UPPER AIR   MODELS WATCHES/WARNINGS/TEXT

GOES-8 STILL IMAGES
Visible - S./Central Plains  15-30min (UCAR) Visible - Plains 30-60 min (CIRA) (very cool)
Visible - TX/OK  15-30 min. (UCAR) GOES-10 Visible- Plains 30-60 min (CIRA) (very cool)
Visible - point/click zoom 30min (GHCC) Visible - US 30 min. (UCAR)
Water Vapor - point/click zoom 30min (GHCC) Visible - US 30 min .(SSEC)
Infrared - point/click zoom 30min (GHCC) Water Vapor - US 30 min. (UCAR) (excellent!)
Colorized - TX/OK 30min (NASA) Water Vapor - US 30 min. (SSEC)
Visible (tiff) - TX /OK - 30-60 min (NASA) Infrared - US 30 min. (SSEC)
Infrared - US 30 min. (UCAR)
Various Products - UIUC (menu select)
STILL IMAGES 2  HI-RES! (60 min)
THANKS TEXAS NATURAL RESOURCE COMMISSION!
DFW -  Visible IR Previous LUBBOCK - Visible IR Previous
MIDLAND - Visible IR Previous EL PASO - Visible IR Previous
BIG BEND - Visible IR Previous AUSTIN - Visible IR Previous
HOUSTON - Visible IR Previous LONGVIEW - Visible IR Previous
CRP CHRISTI - Visible IR Previous LAREDO - Visible IR Previous
TEXAS - Visible Loop Previous SPECIAL - Check Here
       IR IR Loop  IR Previous  
       WV WV Previous
   
MOVIES / LOOPS
Various Loops - NOAA/FSL (excellent!) Visible Loop - NOAA MPEG movie - US
Various Loops - UCAR Water Vapor - NOAA MPEG movie - US
RAMSDIS Online  - lots of animations from CIRA! Infrared Loop - NOAA MPEG movie - US
   


SURFACE PLOTS / CONTOURS
TOP RADAR SATELLITE FORECASTS/OUTLOOKS UPPER AIR   MODELS WATCHES/WARNINGS/TEXT

SURFACE STATION PLOTS & CONTOURS
Storm Machine Plots OK Mesonet 3 hr Pres. Change UNISYS
Storm Machine Contours Streamlines UNISYS
Texas Plots-UCAR TX/OKObs. - (point & click) Surf. Pres. & Wind Vector
S. Plns Plots-UCAR NWS FAX Charts - TIFF Moist. Conv. UNISYS
TX/OK Plots-OU Surface Plots - US Theta-E
S. Plains Plots - OSU HI RES Various US Analysis - NWS-LBB Temp. Advection
S. Plains Plots - UNISYS U of Wyo.- lotsa maps + storm reports! Moisture Advection
W TX & OK, E NM - NWS-LBB US Analysis - UNISYS Surf. Rel. Vorticity

HUB-CAPS ARPS DATA (excellent!)  @ = animation
CAPE/CIN/Helicity @ Sea Level Pressure  @ Composite Reflect./MSLP
LI/Cap/Moist.Conv @ Wind Speed and Direction   @ Reflectivity & Wind 2km
Theta-E/Moist. Conv @ Estimated Storm Motion Reflectivity & Wind 3km
Dew Point   @ Divergence/Streamlines Reflectivity & Wind 4km
Temperature @ 4-Panel Refl./Wind/T/Td
BRN/BRN Shear 4-Panel CAPE/CIN/DIV/LI/Hel/Conv./Cap Hub-CAPS Page - more stuff

"THE ALLEY" CONTOUR DATA BY NWS-LUBBOCK (excellent!)  Click on @ for 6 hr loop
Short Fuse Comp.   @ Lifted Index  @ Moist. Converg.  @ Lid Index
Temperature @ Theta-E @ Convergence @ Theta @
Dewpoint @ Theta-E Advect  @ Mixing Ratio  @ Theta Advect  @
Dewpoint Depression @ Winds @ Pressure @ Virtual Temp.  @
Est. Dryline  @ Streamline @ Press. Change 3hrs  @

S. PLAINS CONTOUR DATA BY NWS-LUBBOCK (excellent!)  Click on @ for 6 hr loop
Short Fuse Comp.   @ Lifted Index  @ Moist. Converg.  @ Lid Index
Temperature @ Theta-E @ Convergence @ Theta @
Dewpoint @ Theta-E Advect  @ Mixing Ratio  @ Theta Advect  @
Dewpoint Depression @ Winds @ Pressure @ Virtual Temp.  @
Est. Dryline  @ Streamline @ Press. Change 3hrs  @

SCHOOLNET/WEATHERNET SITES   (courtesy of Automated Weather Services)
DFW/North TX San Angelo Austin/Central TX
Tyler/Northeast TX Tulsa/Northeast OK  Wichita, KS/South KS
Houston/Southeast TX Waco (more to come soon!)

BACKUP ADAS/ARPS SITES
OU/CAPS COMET/TINKER AFB



UPPER AIR
TOP RADAR SATELLITE SURFACE FORECASTS/OUTLOOKS MODELS WATCHES/WARNINGS/TEXT

SKEW-T/SOUNDINGS
STORM MACHINE
Image Text Contours
 
OHIO ST.
Amarillo Albuquerque Midland El Paso
Del Rio  Ft Worth  Norman Dodge City
UCAR
Amarillo Albuquerque Midland Del Rio
Brownsville Corpus Christi  El Paso
Ft Worth  Norman Dodge City
DU PAGE
Amarillo Albuquerque Midland Brownsville
Del Rio  Corpus Chr.  Ft Worth Norman
Dodge City
UNISYS
Amarillo Albuquerque Midland El Paso
Del Rio  Ft Worth  Norman Dodge City
UIUC (menu driven / point & click)
Plots/Contours Skew-T(excellent!) Hodograph
 
 
WIND PROFILERS
UCAR
Tucemcari White Sands Jayton
Vici Purcell Haskell Lamont Palestine
NWS-LBB (not working now)
Tucemcari White Sands Jayton Vici
Purcell Lamont
TEXAS A&M (not working now)
Tucemcari White Sands Jayton
Vici Purcell Haskell Lamont Palestine
VARIOUS PROFILERS
Storm Machine  U of Wyoming(excellent)
4-Panel Plot AGL   4-Panel Plot ASL by UCAR
   
VARIOUS PRODUCTS
VERT. SHEAR / BRN - HUB-CAPS 
850mb 700mb 500mb 300mb 250mb 200mb
RH, TEMPS - HUB-CAPS
850mb 700mb 500mb 300mb 250mb 200mb
VORTICITY - HUB-CAPS - 4 Panel
850mb 700mb 500mb 300mb 250mb 200mb
VERTICAL VELOCITY - HUB-CAPS
850mb 700mb 500mb 300mb 250mb 200mb
MANDATORY HEIGHT - UCAR
850mb 700mb 500mb 300mb 250mb 200mb
LOTSA GOODIES FROM NWS-LBB
850mb 700mb 500mb 300mb 250mb 200mb
MANDATORY HEIGHT - DU PAGE
925mb 850mb 700mb 500mb 250mb
CONSTANT HEIGHT TEMP/MOIST-UCAR
4 Panel Plot up to 500mb
MANDATORY HEIGHT - UNISYS (good!)
850mb 700mb 500mb 300mb 200mb
COMPOSITES - DU PAGE
Heights/Temps Various Data
VARIOUS PRODUCTS ON 1 PAGE
U of WY
 VARIOUS UPPER AIR DATA
SWEAT K-Index Total-Totals Helicity


FORECAST MAPS / OUTLOOKS
TOP RADAR SATELLITE SURFACE UPPER AIR    MODELS   WATCHES/WARNINGS/TEXT

SPC CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK - DAY 1
Graphic Image - SPC     Plain English Text

Graphic Image - DuPage      Abbr. Text

SPC CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK - DAY 2
Graphic Image - SPC      Plain English Text

Graphic Image - DuPage  Abbr. Text

SPC EXPERIMENTAL OUTLOOKS
TORNADO HAIL WIND

EXPLANATION EVALUATION FORM

OTHER SPC FORECAST PRODUCTS
Mesoscale Discussion - LBB...OSU
Convective Sigmets 40...41...42
Public Severe Outlook   Acronyms
FORECAST DISCUSSIONS
Texas...Oklahoma...Kansas-IWIN
Texas/OKC-NWS LBB    NCEP National
Robert Lattery of Vortex 100
TWC GOODIES
Severe Outlook
Surface Map Today-PM...24hr AM...24hr PM
Forecast Day1...Day2...Day3...Day4...Day5
NCEP GOODIES
12-48hr Forecast Discussion
QPF Forecast Discussion
Medium Range Forecast Discussion
Forecast Map 12hr...18...24...30...36...48
Medium Range Day3...Day4...Day5
OTHER GOODIES
NOAA THREAT OUTLOOK - (really cool!)
MY SEVERE STORM OUTLOOK
 

 



MODEL DATA
TOP RADAR SATELLITE SURFACE FORECASTS/OUTLOOKS UPPER AIR  WATCHES/WARNINGS/TEXT
RUC 
RUC/MAPS Page-excellent!    UCAR-RAP
DuPage NCSU UNISYS U of Wyo.
ETA 
UNISYS UCAR-RAP UCAR/MMB DuPage
NCSU Texas A&M
AVN 
UNISYS PCMDI IGES
NGM 
UNISYS DuPage U of Wisc.
MESOSCALE 
MESO MM5  MM5-Plains  NSSL MM5  
UNISYS MESO ETA   RAMS-NWS-LBB
MRF 
UNISYS NCEP U of Wyo.
NCSU IGES
VARIOUS MODELS ON ONE PAGE
UCAR-RAP Ohio State   NCEP Albany
U of Wyo.   NWS FAX   NIU Texas A&M
ECMWF 
UNISYS U of Wyoming UIUC
 
FORECAST SOUNDINGS/CONTOURS
Storm Machine Forecast Contours
Storm Machine Forecast Sounding
NOAA Forecast Soundings
DuPage Forecast Soundings
OTHER MODELS 
NOGAPS -medium range
UKMET - medium range

 



WATCHES / WARNINGS / AND
NWS TEXT INFO & STATEMENTS
 TOP RADAR   SATELLITE SURFACE FORECASTS/OUTLOOKS UPPER AIR     MODELS

Graphical Display of Watches/Warnings
West TX  TX  OK  S. Plains  National Watches - SPC    National Watches - Ohio State

NWS Text Warnings, Information & Statements
All Warnings (excellent!) Tornado Warnings    Tornado Warnings-NWS-LBB Watch Status

Severe T-Storm Warnings      Severe T-Storm Warnings -NWS-LBB Special WX Statements

 12 hr. Storm Reports-Texas A&M      Storm Reports-Ohio State        Various Text Products-TX....OK

IWIN Graphical Interface-TX...OK...KS Public Info Statements TX....OK


EMAIL & STUFF
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I am always working on this page, so check back often.

As usual, all disclaimers apply concerning any reliability or responsibility whatsoever resulting from information obtained through this site. In otherwords, do not rely upon this site as a source for life & death decisions. This site is for personal use only and is solely intended for the stormchaser and weather enthusiast. Commercial use is strictly prohibited. In addition, I reserve all rights regarding the appearance, layout, style, and content of this page and all other pages of this site (ie.....color combinations, font styles, link styles, typesetting, logos, etc.).  I deem such specifics unique to my site therefore exclusive to Texas Tailchasers, Inc. as trademarked and copyrighted. Any duplication of my site will not be taken lightly. I work very hard expending a great deal of time researching all information and data found on this site and keeping that information current. This page was originally created on July 24, 1997.

I welcome comments and suggestions, especially links that you think would enhance the purpose of this page. If you have any trouble with this page or data, let me know. During the chase season from March through June, I have very little freetime, so bare with me if it takes awhile to respond. txt@gte.net


 


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