Leaving Denver, we intercepted a line of storms in central Kansas around 7 p.m. One of these became the dominant storm at the expense of the others and began to rapidly intensify and take on the characteristics of a high precipitation (HP) supercell. Although rotation within the storm was clearly evident at times, the storm just didn’t have what it takes (and no one is really sure what that is) to produce a tornado. However, the storm took on a classic “mothership” appearance and treated us to a fantastic lightning show after dark.
We drove 640 miles today and finally checked into a motel in Blackwell, OK about 1:30 a.m. It was a long day.