This coming Friday, December 1st, will feature the opening salvo in the “Sixteen Years of Virginia Storm Chasing” series of holiday blogposts. Impatient as always during SDS (supercell deprivation syndrome) season I decided it was necessary to feature yet another chase photo that won’t be a part of this series.
This one is from October 1st 2006 looking north in eastern Stafford county. At this point the feature was probably over the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland. It was more shelf-y looking than wall cloud-ish at this stage but it had exhibited signs of inflow for a little while. Regardless it helped push back the beginnings of SDS season that year.
This year? Not so much. A quiet autumn left my 2017 Virginia chase season high and dry with only a couple of very tame September “chases” after an abrupt mid-August cutoff. Yep, SDS is becoming rampant in the White house!