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May 22, 2005

Storm Chase – May 17

Filed under: Chase Accounts,Storm Chasing — storm300 @ 6:21 am

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I left DDC around 12:30 and drove to my target area near Oberlin, KS. I
did see the first Cu develop right around this area upon arrival, and
after pulling up a radar image on StormLab and seeing the myriad of
fine-lines that Rogelio talked about, I figured I was at the southern
edge of the best area. Did see the North Platte complex in the distant
NW, but as I approached McCook, I decided just to stick down here closer
to my target. The storm(s) that ultimately became the Lexington-Cozad
stuff first initiated near Stockville (~25 NE MCK).

I followed this to Farnam, and by this time an elonged area of updraft
was now extending SSW-ward. I contined east to Eustis and the Johnson
Lake area southwest of Lexington…

By the time I reached I-80, it was a full-blown quasi-linear cluster of
high-based storms and the dust was really beginning to limit the
contrast/visib. I exited I-80 at Overton, and the dust limited
visibility to less than a mile numerous times around town. I had a hard
time opening my door to get out of the car. I pulled up a radar/metar
overlay on StormLab and EAR and HDE were both like 15033G43KT.

I continued east to the Odessa area where I finally got back into better
visibility. By this time, a new area was developing off to the
southwest near Holdrege. This structure associated with this storm was
more picturesque now that the sun was getting lower.

I stopped again on the southwest side of Kearney, at the Kearney Event
Center parking lot just before sunset with this view…

And then about 15 minutes later, looking west from about 5 miles east of

I stopped for a brief bit at around midnight near Hill City for some
lightning on my way home…


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