There is (faint) hope even in January for SDS-afflicted souls here in Virginia. The Storm Prediction Center has most of the Old Dominion under a general thunderstorm outlook both today and tomorrow as a strong low scoots northeast up the Ohio valley. If I can just hear thunder – even elevated – it will help reduce the wintertime blues.
In addition I hosted an online Hangout last night to discuss the 2017 Virginia chase season with a panel of local chasers. Unfortunately several folks couldn’t make it but we who did had a good time. The recorded video is available here on YouTube.
Meanwhile on the next installment of January’s theme of sunset storm chase photos. This happens to be one of my favorite sunsets and it came at the end of a long and mostly unfruitful chase day. On April 10 2015 I rendezvoused in Pittsylvania county with several Hokie students who were also out chasing. We fixated on a convective complex that tantalized us for several hours – without much success at seeing anything – as we wound our way via rural routes to a point well east of the U.S. Route 15 corridor.
We finally pulled off this storm and motored north to U.S. Route 460 at Crewe where we turned westward. After a brief stop near Farmville to check out the southern end of another complex I bade farewell to the Hokies and pushed toward home via Rte 460. Just east of Bedford I had to pull off the highway and photograph the stunning sunset over the Blue Ridge mountains.
The Peaks of Otter are visible in the right side of the frame. This was one of the last photos I snapped before full darkness (unfiltered and unedited):
A nice way to end any day, much less a chase day!!