(25 June 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 25 June 2012
Location: Southeastern Alberta & Southwestern Saskatchewan from Oyen, AB to Kindersley, SK
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
Evan Bookbinder and I intercepted the first storm near Oyen, AB. After refueling at the highway intersection just north of town, we continued east to get back out ahead of it. Once we did, we photographed shelf cloud structure along the way to the Alberta-Saskatchewan border near the town of Alsask. Once we reached Kindersley, we made the decision to let the storm roll by us and photograph the backside of the storm. This turned out to be a good decision, as we observed and photographed an amazing backsheared cumulonimubus to the southeast in brilliant hues of orange, gold, and eventually magenta. Occasional lightning segments up in the anvil near storm summit were also photographed. The color was simply amazing and will be a moment we will never forget, being our first ever trip to Canada!

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25 June 2012

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:27:23 -0600
Lost Images of 2012. -Golden Road- Probably the most intense sky I observed in 2012. Near Kindersley, Saskatchewan 25 June 2012.
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Tue, 26 Jun 2012 02:04:04 -0500
Kindersley, Saskatchewan sunset spectacle on June 25, 2012. We let storms roll east of Kindersley and this is what we photographed from the west looking southeast at sunset
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Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:04:24 -0500
Chase Trip Day 3 recap: photographed wicked shelf cloud then spectacular colorful sunset storm Kindersley, SK

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:48:42 -0500
We crossed the Sask./Alberta border on Trans. CanadaHighway 1 and notice d the winds had shifted from east to southwest, indicating a sfc low had de veloped off to our north. Based on this,and the look of the cloud field, we took Highway 41 north out of Medicine Hat, AB and watced Cu become tower s and then several huge Cb in a matter of minutes. Currently racing toward Oyen to intercept what, from the distance, looks to be a raging supercell. Current temp 86F with a dewpoint of 67F. Pretty amazing for the interior of eastern Alberta. With the lead wave aloft just now coming in from the sout hwest, we are very hopefully about this intercept in the next 45 minutes. B OOKBINDER

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:07:09 -0500
6/25 2 PM MDT Chase Update - Canadian Bound
After a 30 minute chit chat with the Wilson Creek, SK border officers about the ins and outs of photography, we finally did it! CANADA!!! First time f or the both of us and we are very excited. We are headed to Maple Creek (ar rival time about 3:30 PM) for analysis and targeting.A northwest moving gravity wave (possibly generated by an early moning supercell), has ignited an arc of elevated convection along the SK/AB border between Cavedish and Kindersley, and the models actually had this early activity. The real show should commence much later this afterno/evening as a strong shortwave troug h lifts from Idaho across theCanadian border. High temperatures in the l ow to perhaps mid 80s (sorry, we are staying with US units) and unseasonabl y moist dewpoints in the mid 60s should yield a very unstable airmass with 3000-3500 J/kg of MLCAPE. Strong convergence along the western edge of the low level easterlies, coupled with mid level height falls and increasingly favorable shear profiles should yield an environment primed for scattered s upercells along the NW edge of the cap. Activity may initiate in SE AB or S W SK, with a northeast storm motion. We should have ample daylight to 11 PM . More to come later. BOOKBINDER/UMSCHEID

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:50:29 -0500
Chase Trip Day 3 Target Medicine Hat to Kindersley, SK

Evan Bookbinder and I will be departing Great Falls by 1030am or so and heading into Canada. 700mb temperature zone of +10 to +12C will be up in ca nada, so that's our target. We should be up in the target area by aroun d 4pm mdt. High instability with cape approaching 4000 j/kg as far north as northeast of medicine hat