(18 June 2011)
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About This Shoot
Date: 18 June 2011
Location: East-central Colorado into Southwest Kansas from Sheridan Lake, CO to Deerfield, KS
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
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Synopsis:
I initially targeted the area around Springfield, CO hoping a supercell would form and become long-lived off the Raton Mesa, but once it became clear that wasn't going to happen, I bolted north to intercept an already established supercell storm rolling southeast off the Palmer Divide. I intercepted this storm near Sheridan Lake, following it southeast toward Tribune, KS. Additional storms formed farther south and east, including a supercell I watched develop east of me north of Garden City which I followed back home (fortunately it missed my house!)

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18 June 2011


Sun, 19 Jun 2011 00:31:50 -0500
-Sheridan Lake Stack of Plates- High Precipitation supercell near the Colorado/Kansas state line 18 June 2011
  
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Sat, 18 Jun 2011 21:40:41 -0500
935pm chase update. nasty looking supercell on a path for the umscheid estate. gotta beat it home!

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 20:30:28 -0500
chase update 830pm. watching a fairly picturesque saucer updraft form to my northwest as I sit north of Deerfield KS.. hoping lightning activity increases here at sunset.

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 19:00:48 -0500
7pm chase update. grade-A multi tiered hp supercell structure sheridan lake colo. !!!

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 18:14:33 -0500
Wicked multi tiered shelf approaching Sheridan lake
  
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Sat, 18 Jun 2011 18:03:20 -0500
6pm chase update . approachng sheridan lake. its a big hp beast by my 1st look at it to the north. just like yesterday. wow mammatus ahead of it.

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 16:46:56 -0500
chase update 445pm cdt. nothing can get going down here. a promising updraft is dying a horrible death. thats it, going north for Limon supercell in progress

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 16:01:31 -0500
chase update 4pm cdt. So far I look like a dumb chaser driving away from an already established supercell near Limon. Went south to Springfield. Still early.

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 13:53:38 -0500
150pm chase update. cumulus noted distant west throgh sw. se colo. lamar to springfield is my target of choice

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 13:01:02 -0500
Chase update 1pm. Lunch in garden city then to Lamar Colorado. Probably chasing a palmer divide storm again?



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:25:42 -0500
Chase Trip Day 3 (June 18): Target is eastern Colorado and adjacent far western Kansas. Still undecided about which latitude (I-70 corridor or farther south like Highway 50) as both areas have equal chances at supercells this evening