After lunch we decided to head west a bit to Buffalo (WY) and reassess the situation; shallow convection was beginning to develop over the Rockies to our west, and for the first time this trip it actually felt quite warm and humid outside! We nudged further north to Sheridan (WY), before crossing the border into our 6th state of the trip - Montana. Any further north and we'd soon be in Canada!
A nice-looking supercell was beginning to form ahead of us over Lodge Grass (MT), drifting northeast. It was already ahead of us, so we began to chase it from the rear, heading east down Highway 212 through Busby (MT) and Lame Deer (MT) towards Ashland (MT). It looked visually and on radar like it was weakening, and due to the poor road network we decided to hang back and let it move away. A new cluster of already-warned severe thunderstorms were developing over Billings (MT), so we turned round and headed back west towards Busby (MT) once again.
|The Lodge Grass (MT) supercell|
|Really nice updraft and inflow of approaching Billings (MT) supercell|
|Radar grab of approaching severe thunderstorm; we were just west of Ashland heading east to keep ahead of the storm|
|Supercell at sunset, passing over Broadus (MT)|
|Evening lightning, illuminating the storm structure east of Broadus (MT)|
STORM CHASE 2014 STATS thus far
McDonald's tally: 9
States visited: 7
Distance driven: 1932 miles