Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 10 Stormchase 2010 Sunday June 6, 2010

Today was another frustrating day storm chasing. We started out in Lamar, CO and headed north to Kimball NE. About 2/3 of the way there the sky started bubbling and it looked favorable for a mind blowing day but...

We stopped at a rest area near Kimball on I-80 and Chuck shot some time lapse photography of a building storm but then it started falling apart so we headed back west about 60 miles to try and catch a storm that was looking a lot better on the ThreatNet. We stopped to check it out and I guess we scared it cause it fell apart too!! Needless to say the rest of the day ended like that. We ended up heading back east to catch the first storm that was NOW looking better but...

We turned south and stopped in Holyoke to gas up and the storm got away from us somehow. The storms to the west started falling apart and lining out into a squall line so we gave it up for the day.

Here is a photograph I took of the ThreatNet screen when we stopped for gas in Holyoke. See that little white dot in the center? That's us...smack dab in the middle of nothing.

Tonight we are in Wray, CO where it seems the town is in a decline. Seems a lot of the farms/ranches are being bought up by big corporations and they don't support the communities like individual farmers did. Sad. A lot of towns here on the plains are dying. The only motel in town that we could find was the Butte Motel and the only place open to get dinner was the local Subway!! The Butte is a little rundown but very clean and was a comfortable place to stay.

Anyway that is it for tonight. We are hoping for a better day tomorrow...

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