The Big Bust
2004 05 11
NE to KS
The day started late. We had data
at the hotel in Ogallala so we analyzed a long while before deciding to head
east a bit farther at around . We ended
up at the parking lot of a hotel with WI-FI in
Radar revealed a supercell that popped up to our northwest but we were out of position for that. More cells popped up around it and it turned into a big rainy mess, though George and crew managed to get into quarter-sized hail with it. We decided to hold out for bigger things to pop along the dry line just to our west.
Laptop data analysis and discussion in
We had a really bad lunch at the Country Kitchen then waited patiently for convective initiation. One cell did fire, but it quickly mushed out and drifted right over us, giving a bit of sloppy rain. It was not looking good.
While we waited, we set a target
of south central
At around , we stopped in
Halfway there, Chris and Dave radioed that there was a fair bit of lightning in the distance off to our northwest. We pulled off the nearly deserted highway and stood in the middle of a field of whispering grasses, with the gaping sky revealing a field of stars above and strobing lightning on the horizon. Twas a bit of a zen moment.
We arrived in Colby at around and got a hotel. We did a lot of driving for not a lot of storms. But there was always tomorrow!
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