(28 June 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 28 June 2012
Location: North-central Nebraska from Thedford, NE to the Valentine Nat'l Wildlife Refuge
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
This chase day started in Belle Fourche, SD, and after a brief tour of the Badland Nat'l Park, we (my storm chase partner Evan Bookbinder and I) set off south-southeast toward developing storms west of the Thedford, NE area. By the time we reached Thedford, though, the storm of interest was dissipating with no further development occurring. We decided to cut our losses and head back to Belle Fourche, catching the sunset along Highway 82 south of Valentine on the way.

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28 June 2012

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 01:21:03 -0500
Chase Trip Day 6 (June 28) Recap and chase plan June 29-July 2
Evan and I began the day in Belle Fourche, SD where we set off for the
Badlands to drive around and sightsee (Evan has never seen the
Badlands). After that, we drove down Allen Rd... a 28-mile unpaved road
south of the Badlands eventually stopping at Martin, SD. There, we
pretty much resigned our fate to a busted chase... that is until we
pulled up visible satellite image and noticed towering cumulus
developing about 100 miles to our south. We plotted a course to
intercept this area of congested cumulus... which eventually turned into
a storm, albeit rather small. We intercepted the storm around 7pm CDT
just south of Thedford, but all that was left by the time we got there
was a shriveled up updraft base. This eventually croaked completely and
we then headed north back to South Dakota. Along the way, we
photographed a beautiful red sunset over the sandhills and one of the
large ponds (around Valentine Nat'l Wildlife Refuge). along US-83. As I
type at 115am, we are coming into Rapid City and are staying in Belle
Fourche. We are hooking back up with Jay Antle at a motel he already
reserved at Belle.

Tomorrow, Fri 6/29 looks pretty good up in the Baker, MT to Bowman, ND
area... and will probably settle in to Belle Fourche again after
tomorrow night's chase... as Saturday looks pretty decent for chaseable
storms southeast of the Badlands (somewhere across central/southern
South Dakota). On Sunday, July 1, the focus turns back to
northern/northeastern Montana. Monday, July 2, the last potential chase
day, still looks to be perhaps the best day of the last half of the trip
somewhere in North Dakota.

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:07:00 -0500
chase update 805pm. just outside of Thedford, NE small LP storm is shriveling up.. so this appears to have been a busted effort. will head back to SD soon if this trend continues.

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:12:04 -0500
chase update 510pm cdt. change in plans.. cumulus forming in a weakly convergent area southern cherry county. from Martin, SD we can make a chase of this.. on a storm by 7pm perhaps!

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:17:33 -0500
chase update 415pm cdt. Not looking good for storms. Leisure drive down scenic Allen Road south of badlands. No cumulus clouds to be found. back to badlands likely for good evening light photography

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:45:33 -0500
June 28 Chase Update
After an excellent morning in Belle Fourche, SD, Mike and I are headed
into the Badlands region in search of landscape photography and
hopefully some wild bison (and other native wildlife). We will then head
south toward the Nebraska sandhills to meet back up with Jay and chase
some high-based severe convection. Models continue to focus a
post-frontal ribbon of moisture across western Nebraska with a nice
pocket of instability as temperatures warm into the lower 90s. Storms
should fire along the convergence driven by modest post-frontal upslope
flow across NW Nebraska. With very deep mixing to possibly 600mb,
coupled with decent cloud-bearing shear profiles, we are hopeful for
some nice storm structure across the barren sandhills region early this
evening. - Bookbinder