Chase: Colorado Gustnadoes. 6/15/13

I really wanted to go out on this day; for many reasons; one being that Colorado has been void of severe this spring.  It looked a lot like the 2009 day where I caught a nice long funnel/tornado and several more tornadoes from the same storm about 10 miles from home…so I guess I figured Mother Nature was on a 4 year repeat cycle!

Well, it didn’t really turn out that way.  But it started the same.  I caught the storm from my driveway and followed it to basically Arriba.  I stayed immediately in front of the storm’s core playing jump frog with the outer gust front of the storm.  Let’s just say this is one of the dirtiest storms I’ve chased; lots of outflow dust, gustnadoes, and messy microbursts.

Finally, when the storm was starting to fade I decided to leave it and catch the next storm; it was only 7pm…but that was it for the day.  Weird.  No lightning at night on the way home; as a matter of fact I got home right at dusk.

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June 17, 2011 Kit Carson County Supercell

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