Monday 8 June 2015

Day 12 - Eastern Colorado Part III

SUN 07 JUNE 2015

Another day in Eastern Colorado, albeit much quieter. Lunch stop was in Limon (CO) where we met up with Claire Hudson for a while in the afternoon. Being in the post-frontal environment, with the cold front now straddling the OK panhandle/SW KS into NM, severe thunderstorms were always going to be marginal, and in the end any storms that did develop were largely sub-severe. 

We knew we had to be in NM tomorrow, so chose a cluster of storms leaving the Rockies between Pueblo (CO) and Colorado Springs (CO) and drove farther south to get into it's path and let it come over us. We parked up in Kit Carson (CO) and watched the storm approaching - sadly the main core slid to our south, but it had a nice gust front for a time, and then the outflow winds started to pick up quite a bit of dust. A little bit of lightning and some light rain, and it had all cleared eastwards to leave a nice double rainbow as the sun came back out.
Gust front approaches Kit Carson (CO)
Double rainbow appeared as thunderstorm cleared to the east of Kit Carson (CO)
Now spending the night in Colorado Springs (CO) with the aim to head south into NM tomorrow. Debating whether to try Nebraska on Wednesday, considering we need to be back in Oklahoma to fly home on Friday morning. Else not much going on apart from a few sub-severe storms maybe. Chances of catching a tornado this year are looking pretty slim right now...
07 June 2015 GPS Tracker Route Map
2015 STORM CHASE stats thus far:
McDonald's tally: 13
Applebee's tally: 9
Distance driven: 5,339 miles
States visited: 8

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