Been out chasing and spotting storms a couple of times in June. I also got a call from the NWS about a storm passing through Larkspur, but of course we were away from home in Englewood and I could only spot from afar…
This first storm system was June 13th. I was all over this day, playing the southern part of the Palmer Divide and then heading to Northeast Colorado calling it off around Yuma.
On June 19th a set of storms formed on the Palmer Divide. There were two storms where I lived. The first was a bit north and was great viewing from the back porch. Most bolts were in the cloud, every now and then a spike would be seen and I was able to capture several of them. The last storm that formed west of me was putting down very little lightning and didn’t show much on radar. The lightning was good cloud-to-cloud anvil crawlers though. I timed them, they were between 4.5 and 5 minutes apart, on average. I was able to capture one, and it was the last one of the storm which dissipated overhead!
As this storm died, I jumped in the car and headed back out to check out the previous storm from one of my favorite lookouts in eastern Douglas County, about 15 minutes away. The storm became severe warned for half-dollar sized hail, but in spotting it I only saw nickel sized hail. Watched the storm until after midnight as it entered Elbert County and then headed home.
Another storm came to me on June 28th. This one had some neat lowerings that were right overhead.
This storm put down some lightning and light rain at Devils Head, but didn’t end up doing much other than looking spectacular as it flowed across the Palmer Divide. Taken from Jackson Creek road, overlooking Castle Rock.