Archived News

Live Mobile Mesonet Data

Submitted on 2008-04-06 at 05:49:22

You can now view live mobile mesonet data by either going to or by adding the MRESS placefile to your GRLevelX radar display. The shapefile is located at

Chase Records Updated

Submitted on 2008-04-06 at 05:33:04

All of the chases from March 2008 along with the chase from April 3rd are added with full documentation.

2008 Chase Season Begins!

Submitted on 2008-02-03 at 07:00:00

On March 2nd 2008, chase season began with a short trek to southwest Oklahoma. We took the opportunity to test out some new equipment and found quite a few bugs to work out before the next chase! It was still great to get out.

Launched New Version of Site

Submitted on 2007-07-24 at 12:22:14

We just launched a newer, cleaner version of the web-visualization tool (aka the website). It is still being modified quite a bit, so please pardon the messes that crop up. Work is now beginning on filling the database with useful information so that the site isn't completely empty. Please be patient as this is a VERY long process. We will be completing a thorough documentation of the 2007 season in the next month, and will then move backward in time to fill in previous seasons.

Database Design Completed

Submitted on 2007-07-01 at 08:01:53

Design of the ChaseManager database system is now complete. With 49 tables, it will allow a user to track everything from a CF card serial number, to thier vehicle statistics, to storm events witnessed. The database is designed to be very extensible and will work for a virtually unlimited combination of chasers, vehicles, equipment, chase vacations, chase days, driving days, hotel stays, fuel stops, storm events, gps logs, ...well you get the point.
Now, work begins on overhauling the data visualization application (website).

Greensburg Wedge Photos

Submitted on 2007-07-01 at 05:00:00

We managed to sell 2 licenses for the Greensburg photo. Of the $250, $100 will be donated to the Officer Tim Buckman Memorial, and $75 will be donated to the Greensburg Rebuilding Fund. The other $75 will be used for restocking the chase car with disaster supplies.

Critically Wounded St. Johns Officer Dies

Submitted on 2007-05-08 at 05:00:00

Officer Tim Buckman of Macksville died this monday after sustaining massive injuries when his cruiser was hit by a large tornado on the night of May 4th. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

Buckman, a 46-year-old officer from nearby Macksville, suffered a head injury in last week’s storm that left nine others dead in Greensburg.

A fund has been set up. Donations can be taken to St. John National Bank, located at 116 E. 3rd St. in St. John. You can also call (620) 549-3225. Also, Bank of America branches are taking contributions.

Donations can be mailed to the Robert "Tim" Buckman Memorial Fund, P-O Box 118, Buhler, Kansas 67522.

Channel 13 WIBW - Topeka, KS

Historical Tornado Witnessed

Submitted on 2007-05-07 at 23:55:50

On May 4th, 2007, Rachael Sigler and Bob Fritchie witnessed the first ever EF5 tornado, and the first tornado since May 3rd , 1999 to be rated an F5. The tornado formed just NNE of Protection KS and tracked to the NNE, becoming a 1.7 mile wide wedge before hitting Greensburg Kansas and destroying 95% of the town. The tornado dissipated as it left the town, but some 45minutes later, were stopped to wait for another nearly 2 mile wide tornado to cross the road near Macksville and Saint John, KS. Here, we rendered assistance to the Russel County Emergency Manager, and later cleared trees off the road and helped a few people out of thier house.

Microsoft SVG Bugs Fixed

Submitted on 2007-05-04 at 08:04:35

Finally figured out the bug associated with loading google maps in IE7. Now the chase preview pages and chase overview should work error-free.

Production of Begins

Submitted on 2007-04-30 at 17:38:47

On April 25th, 2005, production began on the new Over the next year, there will be quite a few updates and improvements to the code. None of the code is finished by any means, so please do not expect a fully functional site until Chase Season '08. will be announced properly when substansial completion is reached. Until then, enjoy the preview on this test server!

Greensburg Future Fund