(2 June 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 2 June 2012
Location: Northeastern New Mexico to Northwest Texas Panhandle (Johnson Mesa, NM to Hartley-Dumas, TX)
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
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This chase day was rather frustrating, but I did manage to get some nice images out of a very tiring chase with a ton of driving. I set out for the Raton/Johnson Mesa area early in the day, leaving Dodge City around 7:00am. I reached Raton by early afternoon and then decided to observe the sky atop the Johnson Mesa. Some small storms formed around 2:00pm CDT, and I followed one of them off the mesa southeast to the Des Moines, NM area. This storm never materialized, and I decided to head back northwest in the direction of Raton to catch new mountain storms. I drove all the way back to and up the Johnson Mesa to try my hand at some lightning photography. These storms were not cooperating, and in the meantime, new development was occurring back off to the east again... ugh! So, back southeast it was again on Hwy 64 to Clayton. Storms were really growing to my south-southwest about 90 miles, and I didn't want to end the chase on such a frustrating note, so I set a course to intercept the storms moving into desolate Oldham County, TX. At Dalhart I continued south to Hartley with very electrical storms to the southwest. At Hartley, I continued west to photograph some of the storm structure with nice canyon landscape. Storms were continuing to form all around me, and I was not able to stay ahead of them. I got munched by wind and small hail between Hartley and Dumas along Hwy 87. I then went north about 10 miles north of Dumas to photograph lightning from a new storm to my north-northwest at sunset. I only had marginal success, missing some of the close CG's, unfortunately.

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2 June 2012


Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:11:10 -0500
In Amarillo TX for the night.. wanted to stay in Dumas but power was out from the high winds they had. A ton of driving on this chase with only marginal photography success.. try again tomorrow!

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 21:51:25 -0500
chase update 950pm. nice lightning to cap off the chase north of Dumas. Since I am tired of driving, will head to Dumas or Amarillo for the night instead of driving back to Dodge

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 20:17:55 -0500
chase update 815pm. decided to head south to intercept NM-TX border storms, got some high based outflow structure now getting hail/wind cored between Dumas and Hartley on Hwy 87

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 16:45:46 -0600
chase update 545 pm

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Sat, 02 Jun 2012 15:27:36 -0500
chase update 325pm cdt. initial storms have weakened considerably N of Grenville.. probably have to head back NW to catch the new development along I-25 corridor

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 13:41:03 -0600
Storm organizing near Des Moines, new Mexico at 240pm cdt
  
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Sat, 02 Jun 2012 09:12:52 -0500
Chase Day June 2. Starting early afternoon Johnson Mesa/Capulin Volcano, NM area then migrating east toward late aftn/evening into the western OK Panhandle vicinity