Here's a look at the upper level pattern for the day: A shortwave rode the base of the larger trough in the northwest...
I was watching at work while finishing up whatever I was reporting on that day when the first high-wind report of 74 mph came in...
|2230||74||5 NW MACK||MESA||CO||3927||10894||THUNDERSTORM OUTFLOW WIND GUST AND BRIEF HEAVY RAIN (GJT)|
My news director understood my love of severe weather and quickly dispatched me, though the storm was moving fast and already moving through the irigated valley and into the desert. My main goal was to shoot damage anyway. The first report prompted a severe thunderstorm warning, the first on the Western Slope in 2012 if I'm not mistaken.
I discovered some downed tree branches near Loma and took a little video so I could haul back to the station and have it on the 6PM newscast.
(mobile phone image)
And that was pretty much it. The storm climbed the Book Cliffs and then eventually dissipated. Still, it was nice to get to chase for work!
2012YTD Mileage: 152
SPC Risk: Probabilistic
Max Hail: None
Other Phenomena: Wind Damage
Chase Partner: None
Applicable Mesoscale Discussions: None
Applicable Weather Watches: None
Storm Reports for April 26th