(12 June 2011)
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About This Shoot
Date: 12 June 2011
Location: Northeast Colorado near Last Chance, CO
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
Rating:
Synopsis:
This was largely a bust in terms of chasing a severe storm. A small storm did try to form and struggled to get organized near Last Chance. At sunset, a thick veil of descending virga created a dramatic scene over farmland east of Last Chance, CO.

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Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:06:24 -0500
Images from June 12th of a small storm turned orphan anvil and virga shaft near Last Chance, Colorado
Summary & Images (part 1)
A small storm formed about 45 minutes prior to sunset near Deer Trail,
Colorado and moved northeast toward Last Chance. The storm was very
small, and I followed it north along Highway 71 to Highway 36 at Last
Chance before going east. The two images below are along Hwy 71 about
10 miles north of Limon:

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Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:12:05 -0500
Images from June 12th of a small storm turned orphan anvil and virga shaft near Last Chance, Colorado (Part 2)
Summary & Images (part 2)
Below is a sequence of images shot from along Hwy 36 east of Last
Chance just prior to sunset. By this time, the storm had completely
lost its updraft and all that was left was an isolated little orphan
anvil with incredible virga shaft remnant from the storm. The color
and contrast looking to the northeast was wonderful -- certainly
living up to eastern Colorado standards for high contrast and color!

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Mon, 13 Jun 2011 02:06:03 -0500
number of raccoons scurrying across the highway in front of me vs. number of traveling vehicles Ive observed since I left I-70 (75 mi. ago) -- 1 to 0.

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 01:35:43 -0500
130am drive back home update: From Grainfield to Dighton along K-23 (46 mi.), saw more deer standing along the shoulder than I did vehicles pass going the other way -- 3 to 0.

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 23:00:28 -0500
11pm cdt: one long pit stop here in Burlington before making the trip back to Dodge. I will be in dodge around 2:30 or 3:00am assuming I stop for a quick nap along the way

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 21:14:30 -0500
911pm cdt chase update. Chasing a supercell was a bust in northeast CO, but chasing the light was not. Amazing scenes of a small decaying storm in classic Colo. sunset light

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 19:38:08 -0500
Storm trying to form near deertrail Colorado 735pm cdt
  
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Sun, 12 Jun 2011 19:35:17 -0500
chase update 732pm cdt. I think a storm may be trying to form southwest of Deer Trail (east-southeast of Denver). I am watching a dark base trying to organize to my west-northwest

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 16:50:43 -0500
Showers in the dry air. About to enter higher instability near limon Colorado
  
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Sun, 12 Jun 2011 16:44:54 -0500
chase update 440pm cdt. just north of Limon CO with virga showers to my west through north. one of them is now a storm to my north... will keep watching to my west and northwest

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 10:49:59 -0500
Chase Day June 12: target Eastern Colorado. Will head to Lamar initially, then most likely north/northwest from there. Storm initiation on the Palmer Divide?