The heavy activity today got started mid-morning and was way off to our southeast, so I didn’t get out for a chase even tho’ a tornado watch was posted not far away. These early spring systems can be very inconvenient for chasing as they tend to come through either at night or – a la today – during the early morning. Regardless, I did get outside just before the actual cold front pushed through at 1600 and took some pictures from the Potomac River bank on the Virginia side of the Rte 301 bridge. The top picture is a view along the leading edge of the frontal cloud band with a soaring osprey in the upper left quadrant, and the bottom photo shows at least a hint of a lowering. Of course, that may have been due more to perspective (or wishful thinking) than to an actual cloud base feature. The time for proper chasing will come, but just not today.

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