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Chase Log: Feb 14, 2021

Valentines Day 2021 chase: almost 200 miles, technology troubles, three ground truth reports to NWS (video also in the article). All in all a good first chase in the Tahoe!

What looked like a storm of historic proportions in the models at mid-week turned into a bitter-cold version of what I’d call a “normal” winter storm. Still, the occasional near-whiteout conditions made for interesting video, and I was able to provide ground truth to NWS Wichita from Wellington (early and late in the storm) and at Chaparral High School as the heaviest snow band came in. Also had video on the KSCW morning news show, so all-in-all a good inaugural chase for the Tahoe.

Chase Summary

Miles Driven: 199

Chase Times: 5:25am to 2:49pm — 9 hrs, 24 min

Route Map:

2021 02 14 chase route

Video Highlights


North of Viola on K-42 while I was stopped trying to get Twitch stream working. Taken about 9am.

Parked behind Dillon’s in Wellington as I was out to measure snowfall. I was north and east of that fence, far enough away to take out most of the impact of drifting. Average of 6 measurements in a few square feet area was 5.5″.

The intersection just east of where I’m stopped at the beginning of this clip is where I’d measured 1.75″ of snow back about 6:15am. This is closer to 1pm, and there was a solid 5-6 inches on the ground. The video runs to as I was crossing the Turnpike bridge.

Ground Truth Reports

Here’s the photo attached to the Twitter report I made with the snow measurement earlier:

2021 02 14 snow depth 610am 1 mi west of kta on u160
Taken 2021-02-14, Snow Depth. Location: 1 mile west of KTA near US-160 outside Wellington. (Seneca Rd 500 feet S of US-160)

Times listed in the screen shots are UTC. So first report, from Chapparal, was at 10:44am, the second one was from 12:26pm.

All in all, even with fighting with the Twitch stream, being alone, and not having the truck anywhere close to fully setup for chasing it was a good inaugural chase. We’ll see what Wednesday brings, I may do it again for the morning hours.

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