(28 June 2011)
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About This Shoot
Date: 28 June 2011
Location: Colorado/Oklahoma/Kansas border area from Springfield, CO to Rolla, KS to Hooker, OK
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
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Synopsis:
Jay Antle and I concluded this chase vacation with a very nice storm shoot as we followed severe outflow-dominant storms that were rather photogenic complete with dust foots and fairly aggressive gustnadoes in the Richfield, KS area. The best photos from this day came around sunset when cloud-to-ground lightning activity ramped up significantly west of Hooker, OK. We had one last late-night lightning photography opportunity near Plains, KS after midnight on the way back to Dodge City.

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Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:21:10 -0500
Chase Trip Day 13 (June 28) Summary: Far SE Colorado/Far SW Kansas/Oklahoma Panhandle High-based photogenic storms and lightning
Summary & Images (part 1)
June 28th was the final day of my 2011 storm chase trip with Jay
Antle. We departed Raton, NM late morning and made a leisurely drive
through the mesas east of Raton, including Johnson Mesa as well as a
trip to Capulin Volcano (always a favorite). We then took the scenic
drive along Highway 456 just south of the Colorado border... east to
Kenton. We transitioned into chase mode as we set sights on the
Springfield, CO area where we were conveniently greeted to the first
storm of the day with decent cloud-to-ground lightning (first image in
the sequence below). We followed these storms east toward Walsh and
continued on into far southwest Kansas when storms really started to
get their act together northwest of Richfield. A series of formidable
gustnadoes developed in front of us along one of the dirt roads we
were traveling along. We continued east on pavement along Hwy 27 and
eventually reaching Hwy 51. At that point, the storm evolved into a
series of high-based storms in a psuedo-linear fashion, but had nice,
organized updraft structure and a lot of blowing dust action beneath
(continued in Part 2...)

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Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:40:29 -0500
Chase Trip Day 13 (June 28) Summary: Far SE Colorado/Far SW Kansas/Oklahoma Panhandle High-based photogenic storms and lightning (Part 2)
Summary & Images (part 2)
Jay and I continued to follow this storm south during the mid to late
evening hours southeast of Rolla, KS into the Oklahoma panhandle north
of Guymon. The sequence of images shown here span about 20 minutes or
so from about 8:15 to 8:40pm showing the striated structure of the
high-based updraft as we were near the Oklahoma-Kansas border. New
storms were forming farther to the west which would eventually put on
an amazing cloud-to-ground lightning show in the saturated twilight
(see Part 3 below).

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Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:10:51 -0500
Chase Trip Day 13 (June 28) Summary: Far SE Colorado/Far SW Kansas/Oklahoma Panhandle High-based photogenic storms and lightning (Part 3)
Summary & Images (part 3)
The sequence of images below are all from the same location as an
awesome lightning display greeted us just after sunset north of
Guymon, OK

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Fri, 29 Jul 2011 13:01:18 -0500
Chase Trip Day 13 (June 28) Summary: Infrequent lightning near Plains, KS on the way back home (Part 4)
Summary & Images (part 4)
We were hoping for some lightning images after dark, and we finally
got some... although very infrequent... from a real small storm near
Plains, KS between 12:30 and 12:45am. There was maybe one flash every
4 or 5 minutes... but each one was fairly dramatic. There was one
brilliant cloud-to-ground flash that I just missed by seconds after
the shutter clicked off (I had the camera set up on 30 second
exposures instead of bulb.. d'oh!)

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Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:21:33 -0500
-Electric Twilight- A high-based thunderstorm put on a fantastic electrical display just after sunset north of Guymon, OK on 28 June 2011
  
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Tue, 28 Jun 2011 23:23:28 -0500
chase update 1121pm cdt. tried to photog. lightning behind the storm after we let it roll by us south of Hooker. too much trailing stratiform rain and not enough good lightning. back to Dodge

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 22:09:40 -0500
chase update 1008pm cdt. heading west to Guymon let storm roll over us and hope for some nice lightning from the back. too much of a chore to stay ahead of this line now

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:27:17 -0500
chase update 926pm cdt. amazing lightning in fantastic light with laminar updraft structure west of Hooker, OK! Will follow this for nighttime lightning until we are tired or lightning fades

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:59:46 -0500
High bases severe storm rolling southeast toward Rolla KS
  
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Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:46:42 -0500
chase update 745pm cdt. on a menacing high-based dusty severe storm with good multi-tiered structure and embedded mid level circulations in far southwest KS.

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:23:54 -0500
chase update 523pm cdt. after a nice drive through the mesas northwest of Clayton, we are in Springfield watching storms form northwest with good cloud-to-ground lightning so far

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:53:54 -0500
Chase trip day 13 final day (june 28): leisure drive through mesa then storm Chase se Colorado into southwest or west central KS where better moisture lurks.