(12 June 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 12 June 2012
Location: Southeastern Colorado to far southwestern Kansas from near Pritchett, CO to Big Bow, KS
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
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Description: Severe hailstorm with photogenic structure and lightning, then brilliant rainbow and sky scenes at sunset
Synopsis:
This storm chase started with the first storm intercept around 3:30pm CDT just outside of Pritchett, CO. This storm was nearly stationary, and I drifted east along Hwy 160 photographing it through the 5 o'clock hour when it began to merge up with several other storms and become less photographable. I met up for a short time with photographer David Mayhew between Pritchett and Springfield. Through some advice from Matt Crowther who was also chasing this storm, I headed north to photograph some mammatus. I played the backside of the storm complex near Johnson, KS and photographed an extremely brilliant double rainbow just east of Johnson. I concluded this chase near Big Bow photographing more awesome, colorful sky scenes at sunset.

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12 June 2012


Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:48:43 -0500
-Big Bow Rainbow- A vivid double-rainbow over a partially cut wheat field between Johnson and Big Bow, KS on June 12, 2012
  
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Wed, 13 Jun 2012 01:24:47 -0500
The evening golden hour on June 12, 2012 just outside of Johnson, KS after storms departed to the east
  
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Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:33:46 -0500
chase recap June 12

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Tue, 12 Jun 2012 20:55:32 -0500
chase update 853pm cdt. Holy Crap that was one SPECTACULAR rainbow in Johnson, KS!! complete with this horizontal wavy virga/rain shaft.. Gotta be Top 5 rainbow display ive ever seen

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:37:03 -0500
chase update 730pm cdt.. headed west to the backside of the storms between Johnson City and Springfield hoping for some golden hour photography with the setting sun (and mammatus/rainbow?)

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:57:33 -0500
Storm getting better organized just north of pritchett, co at 4pm cdt
  
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Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:33:40 -0500
chase update 330pm cdt. On my first storm of the day near Pritchett, CO.. moving east about 20 mph.. not sure if this will be the one to become a supercell, but its the best thing in the area for now

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:17:35 -0500
chase update 115pm

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Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:11:21 -0500
Chase Day June 12 Target: Northeast NM to East-central CO. Stage in Lamar, CO by early afternoon with final target decision by around 230pm CDT
I am still a bit torn between the Raton Mesa/Clayton area and the Palmer
Divide/east-central CO area. Despite the early morning MCS in the TX
Panhandle/W TX this morning, moisture is still hanging around the
southern TX Panhandle. The RAP and NAM both show a tongue of moisture
and CAPE extending northward through the central High Plains beneath
westerly mid level flow. It's not the greatest moisture in the world by
any stretch of the imagination, but I think that 1500 to perhaps 1800
J/kg SBCAPE will reach the eastern edge of the Palmer Divide (areas just
east/southeast of Limon). All the high-res models generate some storms
off the Palmer Divide and roll them east-southeast into the moist axis
by early evening. There is a suggestion of more isolated activity in
this area, whereas there is the suggestion in the convection allowing
models of things growing into a small MCS off the Raton Mesa/Clayton
area southward by early evening. I will leave DDC and head to Lamar, CO
for lunch by around 1930 UTC and make a final call at that point.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:38:45 -0500
Likely storm chase on Tues. 6/12 from the Raton Mesa to the Palmer Divide. I am currently favoring the Raton Mesa area/northeastern New Mexico