Inside the Storm: Week in Review
A week-long outbreak of deadly storms ripped through parts of the central United States from Texas all the way up to the Dakotas.
There's so much about these extreme storms that we simply do not understand.
It's that mystery that brings many professionals out to the Great Plains every spring in search of Mother Nature's worst.
Chief Meteorologist Terry Swails led a team of meteorologists, storm chasers, and weather enthusiasts in search of super cells producing tornadoes.
Their goal was to bring those experiences, hundreds miles away, back to shed light on the extreme weather we often face in eastern Iowa.
The first major encounter came Tuesday near Colorado City, Texas.
For more than two hours, the Inside the Storm crew tracked a storm as it crept across central Texas.
In the end, they didn't see any tornadoes, but they did see some spectacular sights.
The next day, they had a face-to-face encounter with a violent super cell near Hillsdale, Oklahoma.
The crew made sure they had an escape plan in place.
That plan came in handy, not because of a tornado, but because of some egg-sized hail.
Fortunately for Hillsdale, this storm only produced a few small funnel clouds.
Wednesday ended with an incredible view of a rotating super cell .
The next big day was Friday, when the crew ran into storm chasing pioneer Tim Marshall.
They headed south into the Texas panhandle and intercepted a dangerous storm near Lubbock
There, they experienced powerful winds as the rotating super cell vacuumed up the air around it
As they attempted to get closer, they found a rain-wrapped tornado.
Visibility was poor, so they could not see it and it was simply too dangerous to get closer.
For hours, the storm produced brief tornadoes, but fortunately, no major damage.
The last day of the trip, Saturday, the crew left the Texas panhandle for western Kansas and waited for storms to fire.
When they did, they wound up in eastern Colorado where they caught up with a tornado producing storm.
Cold air ended the tornado threat, and left up with temperatures in the 30's and snow mixing in with rain and hail
As the crew drove back into Kansas, they got one last chance.
Around 10:30 that night, they caught up to a tornado producing storm as it passed east of Colby, Kansas.
They spotted multiple tornadoes, illuminated only by the lightning
The best news, all of that happened in a remote area, causing only isolated damage to farm buildings.