That storm sidetracked me from the convergence boundary that I planned on targeting, so I noticed that the cap broke on it and I drove irresponsibly all the way toward the newly warned cells, south of Yuma. They went from multi-cell to a high precipitation supercell, which I managed to avoid (stay in front of) for a good long while.
I left the storm after it rained itself out at Wray (which then subsequently restrengthened and was tornado-warned), but I had a distance limit on the day and had already reached it. Plus, by the time it was warned, I was already on my way home.
About to get cored at the Lowland exit on I-70 (south of Deer Trail).
Outflow structure south of Yuma, Colorado.
Briefly harrassed this little guy for a photo op and then removed him from the roadway. One of six turtles that I saw on the roads today and one of two that I stopped for and removed them from the road!
Just after 0Z, 6SE Yuma when the storm looked its strongest. Though the area was in outflow, there was a visible notch to the right (and looking at the radar later, a hefty couplet hiding back there!) Great motion too... wish I would have taken the time to set up the video camera. At the surface, motion was rapid right to left but just above, rapid left to right.
Today was a good chase in that I had very, very limited data. Had to give the iPhone back to the old job, so I was chasing with an old (non-smart) phone and basically a weather radio and paper maps. Thanks to Johnathan Skinner for some nowcast support as well!
The photos could have come out better... I was at that point of lower light where I tripod isn't necessarily needed, but would have been the smarter option. Though the lightning shot, I'll have you know, was strictly reflex. :)
PS: This chase puts me over 15,000 miles on the year.
what a great day!
Indeed, Skinner, thanks!
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