Given that (a) I’m home a bit earlier than normal today and (b) I am awaiting convection to fire in today’s ripening conditions I thought I would complete the post regarding yesterday’s chase over three counties. My son and I left for Culpeper at 4:45 to establish ourselves in what we saw as the “sweet spot” for convection given the conditions. After we grabbed some dinner at a local fast food joint we checked radar and found that the only decent-looking storm visible was a tower over I-64 that we could see from our vantage point. Other cells east of the Blue Ridge were trying to go up without success, so we pulled up stakes and rolled down Rte 522 to the Lahore area in Orange county, where we caught up with the back edge of the storm and its relatively high base that was trying to organize into a mesocyclone without much success:
As this updraft decayed we could see another one behind it, so we drifted south a bit and caught this view:
It too was high-based and unlikely to develop into anything severe, but the countryside was quiet and the storm views were unimpeded by trees so we sat for a while. As we perused radar and listened to my trusty weather radio we noticed that more cells were going up over Madison county in the direction of the sunset:
We decided to attempt an intercept of the largest storm by going through the town of Orange and steaming up Rte 15, but by the time we got into position all the updrafts were collapsing and the sun was close to the horizon. Thus, we called it a chase and headed home without seeing anything spectacular but having enjoyed what we did see.