We woke up in Wellington, KS Wednesday morning with temps around 50 degrees and well behind the cold front. We left Wellington, KS during the morning with an initial target of Joplin, MO. While heading east and seeing how things were evolving, we ended up heading a bit east-northeast instead to Pittsburg, KS. While sitting for a brief time in Pittsburg a storm started to develop to our northwest. We decided to follow it to the northeast as it slowly strengthened. The storm maintained strength for a while and looked somewhat interesting for a time, but it started to weaken as we approached El Dorado Springs, MO. With new discrete storms moving east from Kansas and into Missouri, we decided to drop off the current storm and headed back southwest towards those storms.
Heading south on I-49 we encountered the first storm. It wasn't severe, but it did have somewhat interesting structure for a time as it passed near Lamar, MO. Continuing south we made it to Jasper, MO in time for the second and third storms to pass. Neither looked good, and the third storm quickly weakened as it passed. At this point Alec Scholten met up with us and we decided to head southeast and grab dinner in Springfield, MO. While in Springfield new storms developed to our southwest and eventually moved in, one of which produced pea size hail. Heading home east on I-44 we drove through what was now a line of storms pushing eastward.
Some pictures from the chase can be seen below...More can be seen in the 2014 photography section.