Tuesday, May 05, 2009

2009 Storm Chase VII Brief - April 29th

What do you mean you're posting an "account" of your storm chase to Kansas on the 29th? Didn't you bust?

Bust is such a subjective term. I saw some pretty clouds ... got some hail ... even if it was melted and pea-sized ... meanwhile, everyone and their mother saw a tornado in Texas and just out of our time-reach in the Garden City area ... oh well. I couldn't get off work until 3PM anyway, so we did the best we could.

Brief synopsis: Met with Cameron Redwine and we drive to Kansas to watch a storm pop as forecast on the dryline. The only problem was the surface moisture had all but mixed out, so the updraft was unable to sustain itself. It died quickly and we were left sitting under it, barely even wet. We did see a wild fire on the way in ... and the sunset was beautiful. So, how about some pictures and maybe a video/slideshow?

Notes: *Click on any images for a larger view.

Chase Stats:
Mileage: 538
Largest hail: Pea-sized (0.25")
Chase Partner: Cameron Redwine
Other chasers encountered: Johnathan Skinner (Greeley, CO), Chris Allington (Omaha, NE)


So, there ya' go. :)



p said...

Good for you man! Second pic down from the ants (creepy btw!) has got to be the world's smallest supercell. I think it beats any of those that were posted in an ST thread from last year.

Dann Cianca said...

Thanks Paul ... yeah, that Cameron and I were joking about the meso ... and the wall cloud ...Imagine if it had produced! Pictures of the century!!!! ;) Might have to resurrect that thread on Storm Track.

Unknown said...

Great pics man. Too bad the storm didn't hang together to get the smoke caught in the updraft!!

Dann Cianca said...

Thanks Bill! Yeah, that would have been very neat to see! ... a little pyrocumulus flanking line or something. ;)

† CAM † said...

Nice shots...thanks for adding the blog, ill do the same.

Dann Cianca said...

Thanks Cam, my pleasure!

Matt Johnson said...

Man nothing much going on for weather your way too? Not much going on in Alberta although not an hour north of Calgary got about 20 cm on the weekend. We are really far behind in the thunderstorm department.

Dann Cianca said...

Yeah buddy, we're a bit slow. Might have some local stuff this week ... looking for hail, winds, and lightning.