Beginning in Cheyenne (WY) we drove for an hour or so southwards, stopping for some time in Greeley (CO) for lunch in a well-known fast food establishment. A cell had already formed to the southwest of Denver (CO), and was also severe-warned, but was not chaseable in it's current location since it's progged trajectory would take it through the Denver metroplex - not ideal chase territory.
We waited a while, but it became clear that if any storm was going to produce a tornado today it would be this one - the only problem being we were to the north of the cell, which was moving northeastwards, and the only way to get to the tornadic part of the storm (the southeast quadrant) involved a rather long-winded journey east and then south around the periphery of the storm - going down the western side would see us get slammed by large hail in the Rear Flank Downdraft (RFD). So we had a painfully slow journey east to Brush (CO) and then south to, ironically named, Last Chance (CO). During this journey we heard that 3 brief, rain-wrapped tornadoes had touched down in Denver (CO) from this supercell, along with copious amounts of hail at the airport, causing flight delays.
|About as good as the supercell got - rotating wall cloud visible
|Doppler on Wheels (DoW) parked in front of us
STORM CHASE 2014 STATS thus far
McDonald's tally: 12
States visited: 8
Distance driven: 3,248 miles