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FINALLY we got to chase some real storms this trip!!

After finding out that the transmission in the van yours truly was driving was shot we had to improvise. Even so yesterday we scooted north from Dumas TX – where the van is in the shop – to chase some storms in southeastern Colorado amid meager moisture. We watched a line go up but the updrafts couldn’t sustain themselves and the strong wind shear tore them apart.

Hokies watching a fading storm

We were treated to a beautiful High Plains sunset as we drove south.

After overnighting once more in Dumas today – May 23rd – we motored north again into southern Colorado. This time we were much more successful, performing a perfect intercept of a tornado-warned storm over La Junta.

La Junta storm

The storm did everything but drop a tornado as we watched. It did have quite a rear flank downdraft cut:

RFD cut

We leapfrogged east to stay ahead of the precipitation and were treated to some other nice features:

Lowering east of town

The storms continued to merge as they pushed north and east, congealing into a squall line that formed some nice shelf clouds.

shelfing out

We finally gave up on the line when we had very limited road options, winding our way through Kansas to spend the night in Guymon OK.

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