(30 April 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 30 April 2012
Location: West Texas & Texas Panhandle from Littlefield to Canyon to Palo Duro Canyon, TX
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
Rating:
Synopsis:
This was a very underwhelming day with not much in the way of images from this chase. My original target was West Texas northwest of Lubbock near the Littlefield area. Fairly substantial towering cumulus developed along the dryline in the original target area, however there was too much convective inhibition due to the unforecast strength of the bubble high over West Texas. Storms matured over the Amarillo area, so I had to correct back to the north. I didn't get on storms until I reached Canyon. I continued east on FM285 to Wayside and decided to photograph what I could with the Palo Duro Canyon as a backdrop. I didn't get the shots I was hoping for with too much intervening cloud in the way obscuring backside storm structure looking to the east and northeast. At sunset, I went back south back up onto the caprock and photographed the backside cumulonimbus highlighted in orange and pink hues.

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30 April 2012


Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:42:08 -0500
storm chase recap April 30

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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:38:39 -0500
chase update 835pm. was off the grid for awhile shooting in the palo duro canyon.. lousy cell coverage area. photogenic colorful Cb at sunset looking east.

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:03:59 -0500
Near arney, tx looking northeast
  
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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:29:56 -0500
chase update 530pm

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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:02:18 -0500
chase update 4pm, fascinating watching surges of updrafts along dryline form then turkey then dissipate. A lull right now in the towers, a lot of CIN still E of dryline in east-southeast winds

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:24:56 -0500
Towering cumulus to my wnw in the Needmore, tx area 320pm
  
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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:57:38 -0500
chase update 3pm

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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:39:46 -0500
chase forecast update 135 pm in Lubbock, TX

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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:30:54 -0500
Last chase day 4/30 target: Central TX Panhandle to South Plains region. Will hone in on smaller target area later this afternoon
  
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