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Netweather Stormchase 2013 Tour 5

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Stormchase 2013 - Day 10

One word sums up todays chase. Amazing! We left Scotts bluff and temps/dew points were just about right to make the whole place feel juicy and ideal for development of severe storms later that day. As we headed west towards the Rockies we could see huge convection on top of the mountains. Things were looking good and soon these storms became severe warned. [sharedmedia=gallery:images:18429] Driving down toward the mountains to intercept, we passed the town of Wheatland and after about 5 mil

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Stormchase 2013 - Day 9

After a wild days chasing in North Dakota yesterday, a well deserved lay-in this morning. This was rudely disturbed around 7am by elevated storms to our south over the Badlands National park. These quickly turned severe with very large hail upto 4 inches reported and damaging wind gusts. They finally moved off to the East and by late morning we left for lunch in the South Dakota town of wall with its western themed buildings and bars. [sharedmedia=gallery:images:18426] The plan for the afte

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Stormchase 2013 - Day 8

After a great night of lightning photography we left our hotel in Chadron, Nebraska and headed North into the green countryside of South Dakota. [sharedmedia=gallery:images:18404] Passing the Black hills and Mount Rushmore we headed first East then North towards the triple point where the cold, warm and occluded fronts meet; always a hot-spot for interesting weather wherever it occurs and where our storms would be initiating. As we approached the North Dakota stateline we could see the anv

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Stormchase 2013 - Day 7

After leaving Burlington this morning we initially headed south for a dry line risk of storms initiating west of Lamar. [sharedmedia=gallery:images:18381] Whilst a few promising ones kicked off mid afternoon with a few CGs and some streamed on the webcam we decided to abandon this for the risk areas to the far North and east in the Dakotas and possibly Minnesota. Tonight we make the long drive North staying in Chadron. The final stretch now towards what could hopefully be a moderate risk o

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Stormchase 2013 - Day 6

After a stay in Burlington, Colorado, we left late morning only to find a dead battery in the SUV. [img]http://f.nwstatic.co.uk/forum//public/style_emoticons/default/help.gif[/img] This was quickly sorted with the help of the local police and we were soon on our way towards Denver and the [url="http://www.theweatherprediction.com/weatherpapers/013/"]Denver Cyclone Convergence Zone (DCVZ)[/url], an area renowned for spawning many of the tornadoes in eastern Colorado. After a stop in Limon, we

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Stormchase 2013 - Day 5

Leaving North Platt today we headed back along our old favourite route I-80 west, a road that has become rather familiar over the past few days given the amount of chases that have centered around the East to West Nebraska areas. We headed to Ogalalla first of all for lunch in the western style saloon then once things started initiating we moved west towards Kimball. Realising that storms to the south had more potential, we took the decision to head south towards Brush and began chasing a hu

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Stormchase 2013 - Day 4

We begun Day 4 in Sterling Colorado. Initially planning a chase into Nebraska then dropping south into Kansas. After meeting up with experienced chaser David Ewoldt, we watched the development of the cells near Madrid Nebraska from initiation to formation of supercells and a very deceiving formation which caught the eye of many viewers ... Our Scudnado! We then moved North to Ogallalla and Arthur as a large hailer developed to our North. Limited time to get the blog done today, however a few

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Stormchase 2013 - Day 3

After a very late night of chasing down what seemed to be the last remaining hotel rooms in the state, we left Eastern Nebraska headed west for the risk area developing in North East Colorado. As we headed west, tops of the developing supercells were clearly visible over 200 miles away. Initially we headed towards Cheyenne then dropped south to intercept a line of promising cells. They were pulsing every few radar sweeps and just when we thought the storm was dead it burst back into life wit

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Stormchase 2013 - Day 2

We left our hotel in Sidney (Nebraska not OZ!) early headed east towards a developing risk area on the Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa state line close to the Missouri river. Temps quickly climbed through the 90s into the 100s and dewpoints were ideal for development of some impressive storms with plenty of available CAPE around 3500. [sharedmedia=gallery:images:18337] [sharedmedia=gallery:images:18336] As we aproached eastern Nebraska storms were already firing across Kansas. Initially

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Stormchase 2013 - Day 1

Day 1 began in Denver. After an early start we headed North to the Wyoming state line given the forecast SPC slight risk. All the way up we had great views of the Rockies out to our West and these provided much of the source of lifting for the storms that were to develop later in the day. [sharedmedia=gallery:images:18327] Following lunch we waited around the town of Wheatland, Wyoming for development off the Rockies which proved to be very slow to produce. [sharedmedia=gallery:images:18329

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Were Here!

Its finally arrived. After a very good and speedy flight over yesterday it was great to meet up with the team in Denver. Jet lag has set in nicely so after about 2 hours sleep I'm up writing the blog! I may not be so coherent later on our long drive North into Wyoming for todays slight risk area stretching from Southern Wyoming up into Montanna but it's a great way to start the tour. Some great views of the Rockies are promised on the way up. Tracking as usal via the[url="http://www.netweath

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2 weeks and counting...

[size=5]I[/size]t's hard to believe but over a year has passed since my first stormchase with Netweather. In 2012 I joined tour 2 out of Dallas/Ft Worth, and although just 1 tornado we had storms most days with some amazing structure including a mothership supercell over Roswell of all places and this late afternoon stunner over the farmland of Oklahoma. In 2013 I'm joining tour 5 out of Denver destined for the northern plains of Colorado, Nebraska and the Dakotas. It promises to be an amazi

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