(2 June 2011)
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About This Shoot
Date: 2 June 2011
Location: CO/KS/OK tri-border area near Elkhart, KS
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
Intercepted the first storms southeast of Campo, CO and followed them east into adjacent far southwest Kansas near Elkhart. After the storms became too outflow dominant with so much dust, I decided to photograph from behind, capturing some amazing lightning and golden scenes at sunset with another brilliant full rainbow just like the day before

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2 June 2011

Fri, 3 Jun 2011 09:50:54 -0500
Here it is! Pastel-color-full-double-rainbow number twooooo! Exactly 24 hours after an incredible rainbow at sunset near Syracuse, KS, it happened again at Elkhart, KS
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Fri, 3 Jun 2011 09:00:15 -0500
Departing high plains severe thunderstorm in sunset light near Elkhart, KS on June 2, 2011
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Fri, 03 Jun 2011 00:42:17 -0500
Storm south of elkhart KS 755pm
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Thu, 2 Jun 2011 21:56:07 -0500
9:53pm chase update: Done chasing. Heading home. Not sure what to say other than I am extremely happy right now. Objectives of the day met and then some x100

Thu, 2 Jun 2011 18:31:36 -0500
630p chase update. intercepting storms in w okla ph near boise city. should be in inflow sector by 730p if all goes well.

Thu, 2 Jun 2011 16:07:45 -0500
400pm chase update: in Lamar, cumulus developing southwest. Storm forming over Raton Mesa moving northeast to SE CO. 50 degree T/Td spread. Good grief
Well I knew what I was getting myself into. Moisture at the surface
has mixed out... down into the 46-49 degree range as temperatures
approach 100 degrees. I just hope there are some updraft structures
with these storms before it all becomes one big downburst-fest toward
mid-evening. I foresee a repeat of last night with dry (or psuedo
dry) microbursts all over the place. Objectives are mainly lightning,
storm-in-landscape, and taking advantage of golden hour light for
landscape scenes with dramatic sky (crossing fingers on that one).
Will probably be following whatever develops toward Dodge City area by
late evening.

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 13:52:21 -0500
150pm update. Beginning to like eastern Colorado more now. Am going to adjust north to Lamar CO

Thu, 2 Jun 2011 10:10:58 -0500
June 2 chase plans: I have totally re-thought what I want to do today storm photography wise. Going to photograph high plains storms that develop off of or around Raton Mesa region...
At least this way I'd be chasing whatever is left of them back toward
Dodge City!

Thu, 2 Jun 2011 08:32:09 -0500
Storm chase in western Nebraska today?
Western Nebraska has my interest. Morning surface analysis shows the
remnant outflow boundary (OFB) from last night's MCS across Kansas.
The OFB extended from near Hays northwest to Hoxie and into far
southwest Nebraska. North of this, winds were out of the southeast...
but south of it... winds were out of the south with dewpoints in the
mid 50s. It remains to be seen how this will evolve through the day,
but there are indications from the NAM, RUC, and HRRR that a surface
low will form over far northeastern Colorado which will allow winds to
back in an area along I-80 from Ogallala up to Alliance. Enhanced
convergence/frontogenesis in this area may lead to initiation of
storms... but it will be late. I'm okay with that. My plan is to go
ahead and chase this one... I am tentatively planning on departing
around 10am for an area between Imperial to Ogallala... and perhaps
points north from there into the sand hills.