(14 July 2011)
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About This Shoot
Date: 14 July 2011
Location: Northeast Colorado from Sterling to Crook, CO
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
I first targeted storms coming off the Front Range/Palmer Divide east of Denver (near Deer Trail), but these storms quickly became outflow dominant and unphotogenic. I then decided to head farther northeast in anticipation of new storms closer to better moisture/instability. A new storm did form and eventually took on some nice organization and structure not too far from Sterling, CO. I followed along highway 138 from Sterling to Iliff to Crook capturing some images of the storm in good light at around sunset.

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14 July 2011

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 22:02:31 -0500
chase update 10pm. After a frustrating beginning to the chase, photographed beautiful laminar, multi-tiered structure Sterling to Iliff to Crook, CO
I am now letting the storm roll over me along I-80 near Sunol, NE
(east of Sidney) hoping for some lightning on the backside of the
storm. I will the head east to Ogallala where I have a motel
reservation for the night. Fun chase, good images!!

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 20:37:02 -0500
Nice storm structure near sterling Colorado!
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Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:53:05 -0500
chase update 645pm. tough to figure out what next move should be. storms north undercut, storms southwest moving into better moisture. hmm

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:21:34 -0500
chase update 515pm. abandoning the area around byers/deer trail. moisture mixing out. going north to cheyenne ridge original target area

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:32:59 -0500
chase update 440pm cdt. Re-targeted farther south toward Denver. Near Deer Trail first storm is visible with CG lightning, time to get camera out!

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:59:46 -0500
chase update 156pm cdt. in Colby, will just head west on I-70 til I get closer to the front range/palmer Divide. Upper 50s dewpoint at Limon, not bad, w/ storms already forming

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:51:35 -0500
Chase Day 7/14 -- Wyoming/Nebraska/Colorado tri-border area. Will head northwest toward Kimball, NE on I-80 for storms forming along Front Range/Cheyenne Ridge area

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:36:01 -0500
Chase Days July 14-15. A couple decent severe weather days expected from northeastern Colorado into northern Nebraska (Sandhills?). Objectives are storm-in-landscape scenes/golden hour light/dramatic lightning
During this 3 day trip, I am hoping for 2 or 3 more fine art/dramatic
storm images to compete with some other dramatic images I've capture
during the 2011 season. I think the opportunity is pretty good to
land some decent storm images with strong/severe photogenic storms a
good possibility each day. The first day, Thursday July 14, I have my
eye on far northeastern Colorado into the Sidney-Big Springs, Nebraska
area. I will be getting off work in Dodge City at around noon and
will drive north toward my target area for evening storms. The
following day, Friday July 15, I have my eye on an area a bit farther
northeast, perhaps centered on the sandhills north of North Platte,
NE. Saturday, the upper ridge really begins to build in a bit more,
which may limit severe weather opportunity a bit with the southern
edge of the upper level southwesterly flow shifting a bit north and
west, but there should still be some terrain-initiated storms off the
Laramie Mts or along a subtle surface trough axis in the southern
Dakotas. Sunday July 17 I will drive back home to Dodge City as I
resume shift work on Monday July 18.