June 17, 2011 Kit Carson County Supercell

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Today was a fun chase. Started off on a cell from Parker to Agate, then a brief stay with a cell over Limon, but decided on tail-end Charlie and hit up the storm near Rush. It became TVS warned as I was intercepting and it looked great! Followed this cell all the way to Cheyenne Wells where it started to tap into the moister air and had to fly south to beat the building core. Great lightning that evening around Hugo too!

Nice looking lowering
Nice looking lowering
lowering south of Limon
Just south of Limon on Hwy 24, interesting lowering
Storm as it passed over Limon
Storm as it passed over Limon, you can see the hail “color” in the clouds
Tail-end Charlie; need to catch the southern storm!
Tail-end Charlie; need to catch the southern storm!
Tornado warned southern storm
As I got closer to the Southern storm; it went Tornado warned at this time
Directly east of the southern storm
Directly east of the southern storm
Southern supercell building
Southern supercell building and coming right at me
Radar of the southern supercell
Radar of the southern supercell
Southern supercell getting close
Just about ready to head South and then East
Gustnado - Kit Carson County
This was reported as a tornado, I call it a gustnado and would not have reported it

Blooming Cactus

Supercell starting to form a shelf cloud
Supercell starting to form a shelf cloud
Supercell core with lightning
About 2 minutes away from big hail, I took these lightning shots in the core
Supercell core with Lightning
About 2 minutes away from big hail, I took these lightning shots in the core
Interesting clouds
Interesting feature on the cell northeast of me; this looked like a small tornado before this, but it was too far away to confirm.
Awesome shelf cloud
Awesome shelf cloud
Awesome shelf cloud
Awesome shelf cloud
smoke from burning oil well
Smoke from a burning oil well
Then the storm got dirty!
Then the storm got dirty!
Shelf clouds
Shelf cloud from the second storm as it was shaping into a MCS, time to bail

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