Tornadic supercell near west Point Nebraska, June 14th

Now this was one crazy long day! Woke up in town of Beach which lies on the border of ND/MT and started at 7.30 as we had a planned looong drive to the target in eastern Nebraska, almost 1100km. We made it just in time the storms were firing near the intersection of retreating warm front/outflow boundary from NE/IA border towards NNW while there was a dryline bulge to our SW. The storm that was right on the intersection was trailing on it for almost one hour and more or less stayed stationary. Made several occlusions of the mesocyclone and in extremely high EHI/SREH made an amazing structure. Numerous positive CGs were blasting out of it where it was trying to produce a tornadoes. But didnt, just occasional big cone funnel clouds.

When the meso became rain wrapped, the storm soon got caught by the linear system which was coming from SW. Joined together made a healthy bow echo moving into IA.

In the evening we went ahead of it, but nothing too impressive with the shelf cloud. Just let it over and we waited for the anvil crawlers in the backsheared anvil.

Ended up in Lincoln, NE for the night and position ourselves towards NE Colorado this afternoon’s chase. At the end, we almost did 1000 miles in whole day and all went completely fine, target was done a day before and was a direct hit within 10mi radius (15mi SE of Norfolk, NE). Happy with the results!

Stay tuned!

Intense supercells and lightning in Montana, June 13th

Yet another day in Montana, love this place! Started in Billings and we first got a “wake up call from above” as two supercells formed just SW of Billings and we were observing them right from the motel room. Early convection went off the mountains and then died within 2hrs moving NE into strongly capped environment. We quickly found a nice place to change the tire and then headed for Sheridan, WY to position for the afternoon storms. Got on the monster just E of Sheridan which blasted the town and us with golf ball sizd hail.

When this supercell evaporated, we backed up north into S Montana for storms coming towards the evening from the mountains again. Sunset was amazing, but then the main stuff arrived…

… a massive line of storms S of Billings headed NE, so we were driving on I-94 which goes NE nicely and stayed in front of the system for almost 3hrs. Very intense CG lightning strikes from a close range most of the time with very nice tail-end supercell structure near Miles City.

Ended up just across the border in Beach, ND for the night. On route down to eastern Dakotas / northeast NE for this afternoon’s chase. Stay tuned.

LP supercells & Montana beautiful landscapes, June 12th

Started in Belle Fourche, SD and headed towards N MT for potential setup of supercells going off mountains into the plains within upslope flow. If I thought WY is my favourite landscape country so far, now definatelly Montana is… its just heaven!

Storms went up quite early near Great Falls, MT and sort of strugled to organize with lots of multicells around. More or less were LP to classic supercells like this one prior to our problems with flat tire. After changing it with spare tire we headed for some lightning.

Ended up in Billings, MT for the night and getting a new tire in the morning. Stay tuned!