This “zombie winter” pattern is beginning to severely get on my chasing nerves. Other than the April 15th tornado event there really hasn’t been any true chase setups within reasonable reach so far this spring. (Our mid-March “chase” was more like a practice run for the SDS-afflicted.) April thus will finish with one and only one interesting setup, which is actually pretty typical for Virginia as I peruse my chasing archives.
As an example April 28 2016 provided plenty of interesting convective action that capped off a month of only 3 chases (one of which was a bust). Two years ago yesterday I chased three distinctively awesome severe storms across Southside Virginia into North Carolina that each produced wall clouds with plenty of hail and high winds. This was my last view of storm #3 from a shopping center perch in Roxboro NC (looking northeast) shortly before I called off the chase due to the impending sunset:
The moisture feed on the right side of the photograph stretched for a couple miles in that direction. This cell was dropping enormous hail over the U.S. Route 501 corridor not far north of where I sat while snapping this photo. Obviously I didn’t head home via that route!
As for the coming month of May there are vague hints of possible storms along a cold front late this week that might – I repeat might – convince the SPC to issue a Marginal Risk for parts of Virginia. However chasing then may not be an option due to other personal commitments. No other really interesting setups appear to be on the horizon before I head out west with the Hokie Stormchasers in mid-May so I may have to see my first May action out on the Great Plains. (Darn!)