I just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know that we made it back safely at 5:30AM MST this morning. It was a fun-filled chase that was worth every penny and moment spent. Sure, there weren't any tornadoes, but we saw pretty much everything else. Top that off with two storm intercepts; having great position on the storms and even got some lighting and flooding later on in the evening. I was happy with our forecasts and most of the decision making. I did make one analytical mistake during the chase, but I think it paid off in the end. (specifically the updraft location of the first storm we intercepted). I'll go into more detail at a later time and hopefully get some images and video out. I took a lot of video and captured some interesting things ...
We drove a total of 1440 miles over the course of 25.5 hours.
Here are a couple radar grabs of the two intercepts and our locations on the storms. (click on images for full size)
Images courtesy of IPS Meteostar
Many thanks for nowcasting support:
Chase Partners: Ryan Shepard, Jonathan Skinner
So, I have tons of work I need to get done in the next couple of days, so it may be a little while before I get any images or video up. Sorry for the delay ...priorities.
Chase forecast update 7 - for May 16
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