A Stormy End to the Day

Storm Chasing with Steve Carey

Fellow storm chasers Ryan Hoke and Kevin Harned check on devloping weather conditions in northern Kansas.

The Great Platte River Road Archway spans I-80 near Kearney, Kansas

A low precipitation (LP) supercell north of Colby, Kansas.

June 2, 2010 

Today didn’t look to promising, so we decided to take it a little easy and do some sightseeing.   We stopped at one of the most unusual museums in the United States—The Great Platte River Road Archway (http://www.archway.org/).  It’s not the museum’s subject matter that is unusual, it’ the fact that the museum is an elevated archway over Interstate 80.  Located near Kearney, Nebraska, the museum documents nearly 150 years of westward expansion.  Boasting numerous interactive exhibits and exciting visual effects, the museum is well worth a visit.

After the museum visit, we traveled west on I-80 to position ourselves for the next day’s chase.  A few storms began to fires up in eastern Colorado and western Nebraska and Kansas.  We altered our original objective and decided to give chase to the most promising of these storms.  Not expecting much, we were surprised when one of them developed in a supercell storm with fascinating rotational structure.  Conditions were not favorable for tornadogenesis; however, the mature storm was an incredible sight as I have hopefully captured in the associated photograph.  We encountered numerous Vortex2 vehicles getting into position to collect data about the storm.  After the show was over, we spent the night in Colby, Kansas.  Looks like a trip to South Dakota tomorrow, but things can change.

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