The good news is that today proved all the chase gear worked and the live stream…streamed. Beyond that we didn’t see much convective action.
Based on short range models we initially targeted Patrick county VA, arriving at our chosen location near 5:00 pm. As we stretched our legs we could see the tops of storms over the mountains to the west that we matched to a line of storms evident on radar north of I-81. As it turned out the anchor cell in that line briefly went severe over West Virginia and exhibited a nice inflow notch near the I-77 interchange where several Hokie Stormchasers intercepted it.
Given the trajectory of this activity we reversed directions and headed back north toward Rocky Mount. We diverted west off Rte 220 toward Ferrum in hopes of catching a glimpse of these storms before dark. We finally find a rural spot from which we had this marginal view of the now weakening system to the west:
I switched on the live stream at this location and verified that it was working. Then using my new monopod to steady my camera I zoomed into the ridge line above the farm and caught this cool silhouette view:
Beyond this we didn’t see anything of note. My choice to remain east of the Blue Ridge still stands as I don’t like the road choices west of there even though it meant missing the storm of the day. Still, this was the first chase of 2018!