The first Denver Cyclone day of the year - Woohoo!...............And it could have been soooo much better than it turned out, but even so we had a great stormchase with the DCVZ.
When we awoke in Burlington there was only one thing on my mind, wise words from Stuart Robinson a few years ago told me to head straight to Bennett or DIA (Denver International Airport) as these areas always see one of the biggest storms initiate along the front range near Downtown Denver and head North-Eastwards towards this point and most Landspout type Tornadoes occur near these location.
Easy Right ???
Well it would have been if the EF1 Landspout Tornado had waited just another 30 minutes and we would have been right there to witness it scooting across the runways of DIA.
Our start of the day did not get off to a great start with a flat battery on the rental car, the nice deputy sherriff of Burlington came along and gave us a jump start to get us on our way, lunch in Limon was followed by some shopping for half and hour.
Whilst all this was going on our little storm west of denver had left the security of the front range and exploded into life dropping the Tornado before 2pm Mountain time! DOH!
We spent the next few hours stair-stepping down the Denver Cyclone and actually got onto another 4 Tornado Warned Storms, a few had funnels, one of them near Kit Carson wrapped up so much I could not believe a tornado had not reached the ground, the wall cloud was spinning right in front of us, but quite quickly the storm was morphing from inflow to outflow and could not get the right balance for a photogenic tornado, what it did have in it's outflow stages was some great shelf cloud structure.
We followed this storm all the way back to Burlington again and finally ate Chinese at our Hotel/Restaurant there.