(19 June 2011)
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About This Shoot
Date: 19 June 2011
Location: Northeast Colorado into Southwest Nebraska from Woodrow, CO to McCook, NE
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
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This was one of the most frustrating chase days of the year for me. It was the first day chasing with Jay Antle on this chase vacation, and Jay would chase with me from this point forward until June 28th. We targeted Northeast Colorado, but these storms failed to mature. The place to be was southwest Nebraska where several impressive supercells thrived through the evening and into the late night hours. We caught the backside of the McCook supercell with pretty impressive backside structure, but that was about it for this chase. We drove to Wakeeney, KS after this chase.

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Mon, 20 Jun 2011 01:04:48 -0500
Chase Trip Day 4 (June 19) Summary: Northeast Colorado target failure leading to miss of Benkleman/McCook supercell from the inflow sector
Below are a few images from the backside of the Benkleman/McCook
supercell from south of McCook looking east-northeast at around the
time of sunset. It was all around a frustrating chase day as our
target around Last Chance to Akron failed to produce supercells.
Supercells did form east of the target and we were caught too far west
playing catch-up for a long time... and never really getting into any
good viewing perspective of the storm from the east/southeast side.
We ended the chase near Red Cloud and headed south to Wakeeney, KS for
the night. Managed to get a couple images that were decent from the
backside of that nice supercell, but the results of the day could have
been far better if we made a better forecast.

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Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:14:24 -0500
chase update 1015pm. heading to wakeeney for the night. we are quite frustrated we could not get into the inflow sector of the mccook storm. try again tomorrow

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:45:17 -0500
chase update 925pm. all around a crappy frustrating chase this is all due to a poor forecast plain and simple. still behind the mccook storm and it is now getting dark

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:28:27 -0500
chase update 925pm. all around a crappy frustrating chase this is all due to a poor forecast plain and simple. still behind the mccook storm and it is now getting dark

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:51:10 -0500
chase update 850pm. what a pain playing catchup to McCook supercell.. have to go south or else get cored.. its right turning again. going for structure farther south.

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:17:58 -0500
chase update 715pm. blasting east on Hwy 6 to get into position of dual supercells, one tornadic south of Waneta, ne.. hopefully we will be in position by 8pm

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 18:14:52 -0500
613pm chase update. going to head east on hwy 6 get south of supercell near crook, co. and keep southern atom-bomb Cb in play to our east-southeast.

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 17:56:09 -0500
chase update 6pm cdt. heading northeast along I-76 toward Sterling, CO. a lot of messy sub-severe storms hoping the atmosphere can sort itself out. Cb east also.

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:32:15 -0500
230pm chase update. driving west on I-70 toward LIC. Not going after initial cells at wy/co/ne border.. initiation likely over Palmer Divide or near/north of Denver

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 09:48:38 -0500
Chase Trip Day 4 (June 19): First day chasing with Jay Antle. Target is northeast Colorado as it looks like another great day for a Palmer Divide initiated storm. Should hit good CAPE air late afternoon/evening on approach Neb./Kan.