Friday 1st July 2022 – Nebraska and Wyoming (Slight Risk)
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by Paul Botten
2y ago
We started our last day of the season from Chadron with Thunderstorms looking likely to roll off the Front Range of Wyoming and into the Nebraska Panhandle. Seeing as we needed to be in or near Denver for flying home day on Saturday we needed to start North and end South so any storms that would move into South Dakota we would have to leave in the early evening. A few Storms initiated around 3pm west of Lusk and we watched these for a few hours before dropping south towards Torrington and then into Nebraska around the Scottsbluff area ..read more
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Wednesday 29th June 2022 – North Dakota (Enhanced Risk)
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by Paul Botten
2y ago
After a few down days and some Astro Photography which even featured weak Aurora we were back into the last 3 days of Storm Action. Starting today in Glendive (MT) the Models were once again struggling like crazy putting initiation all over the place. The SPC had the 2% Tornado Risk in NE North Dakota but that area looked completely capped to me so after having lunch in Bismarck I wasnt going any further east ..read more
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Saturday 25th June 2022 – Texas Panhandle (Marginal Risk)
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by Paul Botten
2y ago
Started today in McCook and  not much was on the table storm wise – The Only thing that looked half decent was in the Texas Panhandle so we set course for a slow drive down arriving in the early evening to get ready for overnight Storms and Lightning Opportunities. What we didnt expect was a Nice Supercell east of Canadian which had some nice structure. We watched mainly multi cells after this congeal into an MCS and headed to our hotel, some really nice Lightning was caught by the guests ..read more
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Friday 24th June 2022 – Kansas and Nebraska (Marginal Risk)
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by Paul Botten
2y ago
We started today in Salina and the Models were all over the place once again with a very broad area for storms from North Dakota through South Dakota down through Nebraska and Kansas. We headed North and then West along Interstate 80 before settling on some better looking storms forming a line from Eastern Colorado to the Nebraska Panhandle. Lightning was the main aim of today so I booked the Hotel at McCook (NE) and headed along the Road into that town from Oberlin to set up for some lightning ..read more
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Thursday 23rd June 2022 – Kansas (Slight Risk)
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by Paul Botten
2y ago
We started today in Pratt and had a very strong target of Hays to Stockton a little further north in Central Kansas. After a nice leisurely drive to Hays for Lunch at Gellers Brewery the atmosphere looked explosive. Temperatures today would be in the Low to Mid 80’s and strong easterly winds would transport low to mid 70’s dewpoints into the area well in time and with a Surface Low moving in from the west from Colorado this looked like a very good set-up today and the SPC agreed with a 5% Tornado Upgrade on the 1630z Update ..read more
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Wednesday 22nd June 2022 – Gen TStorm Risk – Kansas
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by Paul Botten
2y ago
After picking up the guests for Tour 5 we had driven to Ellis for our overnight position knowing a couple of Kansas chase days were in the offing, the first would be a very weak risk in South Central Kansas, the temps and dewpoints were superb with 88/74 registered at Pratt where we ate Lunch, the problem was only 10 knots of shear meaning storms would rain on themselves and only really the Multi Cell Storms would sustain until dusk, so it was a mainly Lightning show we were after today ..read more
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Monday 20th June 2022 – NE/SD/ND – Slight Risk
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by Paul Botten
2y ago
Started the last day of Tour 4 from Rapid City and knowing we had to be back in Denver for tomorrow morning our hand was forced to chase the bottom end of the risk which in the end worked out really well as the Tail End Supercell was pretty much the strongest cell of the day and had a decent Tornado Warning when it was near Alliance. Once again the chase terrain was very challenging with the Storm tracking across the Nebraska Sandhills and with its forward speed at 50mph made it almost impossible to get in front of ..read more
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Sunday 19th June 2022 – MT/SD ( Slight Risk )
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by Paul Botten
2y ago
After a few tourist days visiting Devils Tower and Mount Rushmore we were back into Storm action today with a really nice risk in SE Montana and NW South Dakota. The models were showing a couple of long tracked Supercells heading from SW To NE initiating over the Big Horns of Wyoming. We awaited the dominant Supercell near Broadus and watched as it came into view at the same time as being Tornado Warned. Montana sure does not let you down with its incredible Structured Supercells and today was no different ..read more
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Thursday 16th June 2022 – Nebraska (Slight Risk)
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by Paul Botten
2y ago
After swapping out the broken down car we knew that the High Plains would reignite over the weekend so made our way back from our overnight stay in Madison (Wisconsin) And along the way Storms were expected to erupt at Sunset in SE Nebraska so we set course for an overnight stay at Lincoln which wasnt a bad shout as that seemed to be the epicentre of where the storms were impacting from 8pm until 3am so a busy evening was had ..read more
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Wednesday 15th June 2022 – Wisconsin (Moderate Risk)
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by Paul Botten
2y ago
Started the day in Iowa and SPC Upgraded the Enhanced Risk to Moderate on their 1630z Update and bumped the Tornado Risk upto 15% Hatched. But once again we would have to chase in less than favourable Terrain in Wisconsin. Knowing the area pretty well now from previous visits I positioned us east of Lacrosse and far enough back from the Mississippi River Valley. The Day started off with Elevated Overnight Storms moving away into Minnesota that had some cool wave features associated with Undulatus Asperatus Models were showing a very messy storm mode with a quick transition to Linear so the tr ..read more
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