(10 June 2011)
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About This Shoot
Date: 10 June 2011
Location: West Texas southwest of Lubbock, TX
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
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Synopsis:
This storm chase didn't turn out quite like I had hoped. Intercepted the first storms just southeast of Lubbock near Slaton, but then went after a stronger storm near West Point...following it north to New Home where I let a big mass of dust overtake me as the storm continued into Lubbock. Storms grew rapidly upscale with a huge cold pool forming, basically ending the chance for additional isolated supercells.

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10 June 2011


Fri, 10 Jun 2011 22:41:08 -0500
Images from 10 June 2011 chase in West Texas
Here are some images I shot from a fast-approaching outflow dominant
severe storm southwest of Lubbock early in the evening on June 10th.
This was just outside of the small town of New Home with the storm
approaching from the southwest. There was a fairly dark, scalloped
updraft base on the leading edge of the storm, but it quickly became
obscured by a surge of outflow winds and resulting dust. I let the
storm pass me by in the small town south-southwest of Lubbock, as
there was no way to stay ahead of this storm. In time, this storm and
a bunch of other storms coalesced into a big area of storms east of
Lubbock. I was hoping for more isolated redevelopment back to the
west-southwest... but the outflow from the complex was just too fresh
and cold any it killed any new development with cool inflow winds into
the new storms. Once I recognized this was happening, I gave up and
called the chase off in favor of driving north to get into position
for the next day's chase in Colorado.

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Fri, 10 Jun 2011 21:07:17 -0500
Feel pretty good about getting at least some images from southwest of Lubbock earlier on. Heading north to Dalhart or Boise City for the night.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 18:54:47 -0500
chase update 651pm. well, this chase is pretty much done here in W Texas. going to make the drive back north to get into better position for tomorrow.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 17:53:33 -0500
chase update 545pm. near meadow, tx sw of Lubbock. letting the big outflow dominant mess move on. watching the southwest now for redevelopment.
That was fun. Was in the little town of New Home as a big wall of
dust (kind of a miniature haboob) approached from the southwest. Was
able to get some storm images to the south of town before the dust
hit...and also some shots from in town as the dust hit. visiblity was
around 1/16 of a mile at its lowest point. There is new agitated
cumulus development now with a mesoscale triple point probably near
the town of Seagraves, TX to my southwest. It's still early and there
is hope that an isolated storm can form in the next hour or so in the
wake of this initial mess that is quickly growing up scale.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:12:58 -0500
Storm developing southeast of me near Post TX.
  
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Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:10:14 -0500
chase update 406pm: some observations...
Still sitting here in Slaton. The storms to the south appear to be
forming on an east-west weak convergence line, but the stronger
convergence is up where I am just southeast of Lubbock (looping the
Lubbock radar you can see the stationary fine-line). As I type, there
are hard towers going up to my immediate west and also immediate
northwest... along that radar fine line. I am banking on this growing
into something formidable within the hour or so.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:58:05 -0500
355pm chase update: sitting in Slaton, TX southeast of Lubbock. storms going up to my distant southwest through southeast. Not sure what to commit to yet stay tuned

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:24:16 -0500
Chase Day 6/10: target W Texas somewhere northeast of Lubbock.