June 6, 2010
Intially, today wasn’t expected to be a great chase day. On Saturday, our plans were to drive to the top of Mt. Evans near Denver and then make a decision of where to go to get into position for Monday. By Sunday morning however, the SPC issued a slight chance of severe weather in western Nebrasaka and eastern Colorado. Saying goodbye to our plans to visit Mt. Evans, we targeted the Nebraska Panhandle. It was a good decision. Late afternoon found us near Chappell, Nebraska chasing a rapidly developing supercell. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that much of the time the storm chased us! Although this storm produced no tornadoes, it was a photographer’s dream. The cloud motion, contrasting colors, and overall structure of the storm were remarkable—simultaneously menancing and beautiful. The Vortex 2 team was all over this storm, and we encountered many of their research vehicles gathering valuable scientific information. The potential exists for this to be a great chase week. It certainly has gotten off to a great start.