The Mid-Atlantic was between an approaching cold front and a ridge of high pressure which threatened to cap the atmosphere until after dark, but a blessed pre-frontal trough formed east of the Blue Ridge and gave us something to chase. My son and I left the house at 1920 (UT) for the Bealeton area based on models and surface obs, but when we got there at 2000 convection had started to fire south of us. So we plunged south, heading through Culpeper county to intercept a slow moving storm coming across the Blue Ridge. Since the storm we were watching weakened we headed even further south into Madison county, just east of the Blue Ridge, to catch a stronger storm as it crossed the mountains. We were treated to a very pastoral scene as storms approached but were concerned as this too weakened. Realizing that storms were reintensifying further east across the Piedmont we headed southeast into Orange county, stopping at a hilltop hotel to watch as scud gathered. With bright CGs splashing down around us we headed further east through the town of Orange and up Route 20. With the storms now strengthening and coalescing we continued southeast down Route 522, stopping on a county road just east of the highway and right on the Orange/Spotsylvania line. We were treated to a tremendous CG display as a feeder line of storms fired literally before our eyes (top photo). We saw the beginnings of a wall cloud (bottom photo) but weren’t impressed enough to call it in. (After dark that storm developed a radar-indicated mesocylone over Caroline county.) We wearily trudged home behind the storm, arriving after 0100. Good chase!

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