CHASE ACCOUNTS OF 2005 SEASON
Storm Photography by Martin Kucera
|December 12th, 2005 - The 05 storm season is a recent history now.
It was a great and unforgettable season full of great chases. The tornado alley trip this year was an
unbelievable success with 16 tornadoes intercepted and I can only hope that the 2006 season is going to be
quite similar if not better. We chase for the beauty of it, beauty of the nature and to explore the nature's
awesome power first hand. Unfortunately some of this inevitably brings the negative side of things like
destruction and loss of life. My heart and thoughts are with all those who suffered during the 2005 active
I'd also like to take my time here and express the hope that every storm chaser out there is chasing storms
for the right reasons and not only to get that decent shot or video to try to sell it later. I regret to say this but
we again experienced the "yahoo" behavior during the past season on several occasions including the
tornado alley trip and also later while intercepting hurricanes (what is the point of having a buddy stand
close to a crashing surf during the hurricane only to have him knocked down by a large wave seconds
later to provide for a false and fake "great" footage). Lets hope this is not an upward trend and that
majority of the folks chasing out there are doing it for the right reasons and not only to create a sensation
of some kind. Lets also hope the 2006 is going to be just as great as this one has been. There is going to be
a decrease in storm activity for at least a couple months now except for an occasional cold front passing
through. Things should pick up again in March or April.
Till then - Merry Christmas and A Happy New Storm chasing Year !
|October 23th - It`s 3pm and the outer bands of Hurricane Wilma are almost beginning to
whip Key West. It`s been a long wait. I guess tonight is gonna be quite busy and
tomorrow morning it is a show time. I am at home now finalizing all the preparations,
charging and cleaning the equipment just to be ready to go when I need to. For more info
and progress of Wilma please click above...
|October 19th - Hurricane Wilma was born and is headed in general direction of South
Florida. Maximum sustained winds are now about 175mph/h which makes it extremely
dangerous category 5 hurricane. Click above for the latest on Hurricane Wilma
|October 16th - Closely monitoring Tropical Depression 24 - it is going to become a
hurricane sometime mid next week with it`s track close to the Keys
|October 14th - Gentle NE flow brought several days of persistent cloud lines all over the
Keys. I have seen a couple of brief funnel clouds today. Rainy season is over in two weeks
here in Florida Keys. Pretty soon we are going to be getting the cold fronts through here
just about every week....with a greater threat for severe weather and tornadic waterspouts.
|October 11th - Everglades N.P. - one of the last
trips of this year`s rainy season brought me
real close to some of the locals
|September 30th - Intercepted twin waterspouts just offshore the Upper Keys around 7pm.
|September 29th, 2005 - Several new photos added
to the Everglades N.P section from today's trip
|Early morning left-over thunderstorm over
|A short lived thunderstorm in a mature stage
over Florida Bay
|Single cell thunderstorm /Cumulonimbus/
affecting portions of southern Florida
|A white heron on the ocean side of the
Florida Keys during calm morning
|Updraft base of an afternoon thunderstorm
passing over Lower Matecumbe Key
|A Key Deer trying to look all pretty for the
camera in No Name Key
|A photograph of some not so positive human
interaction with weather patterns and our
nature I`ve taken near Port Everglades, FL
|September 20th, 2005 - Documented Hurricane Rita both in Key West and
later in the Upper Keys as well. Storm surge brought some destruction to
low lying areas even in the Upper Keys especially around Plantation Key
and Lower Matecumbe Key. Parts of the US1 around mile marker 74 had
to be closed due to extensive flooding and debris on the road.
Click above for more images.
|September 10th - Two large waterspouts just off Layton, FL
Video coming soon...
|July 25th, 2005 - Last several nights were just amazing with a great lightning
show...tomorrow there is a High risk for waterspouts for Keys near shore
waters so I hope I`ll be updating this page tomorrow again.
|July 15th, 2005 - Intercepted a waterspout just south of the Upper Keys yesterday. Then
later in the afternoon I filmed another - smaller one that got quickly overtaken by rain.
|June 17th, 2004 - Positive lightning strike over Florida Bay (c)2005 Martin Kucera
|June 12th - An absolute TORNADOFEST today. Filmed ten tornadoes in south-east Texas
panhandle. Again some incredible close lightning encounters but it nicely paid off since this
was probably the last active day of my storm chasing expedition this year. What a great
ending to it all - could not ask for more. Already getting ready for flying back to Florida and
the upcoming active hurricane season....and lightning, of course.
|June 11th - Missed a tornado near Happy, TX by ten minutes but later intercepted two
tornadoes near Wayside, TX. I guess everybody in storm chasing business was out there
tonight including two Doppler-On-Wheels trucks. Later at night had to core punch a couple
supercells with nearly insane lightning and completely flooded roads.
|June 7th - Just south of Kadoka, SD - another tornado /though rope one/ and later an
unbelievable LP supercell we followed for hours till sunset. Tomorow another round of
severe weather down south so probably drop down to Kansas.
|June 4th - intercepted a large cone
tornado in NW Kansas today. What a
great chase. Sitting in a High Risk
area for an hour - filmed a wall cloud
half a mile away and followed it till it
produced this beautiful cone. Seeing
houses destroyed, power lines down
were the bad part of today...
|Well, just finished three days of some great storm chasing and it seems the
pattern is going to be quiet in the Plains for couple days or so. Some valuable
time to rest and maybe do a little sightseeing.
|Second Annual Tornado Alley Expedition coming
May 31st - June 16th
May 24th - Just finishing my packing list and awaiting the satellite weather system delivery tomorrow.
This year is going to be great. The Plains have been relatively quiet so far and I expect a pretty busy
pattern the first two weeks in June.
|May 18th, 2005 - Filmed four waterspouts including some great close-up footage where
one spout passes right over the top of my car !!! For video (19.1MB) click above...
|May 17th, 2005 - waterspout outbreak - intercepted nine waterspouts and many more
funnels just north of Key West, FL.
|May 1st, 2005 - The stormy season officially started yesterday and keeps me quite busy.
It`s been a two day non-stop chase so far and I plan to continue till at least Wednesday.
Today I intercepted some great storms over Miami skyline which I have been wanting
to do for quite some time now. Please check back for a complete update....
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|Nov 29th, 30th - A cold front moved through south Florida bringing foggy weather, a
waterspout, several large funnel clouds and an unbelievable rainbow.