Wednesday 9 May 2012

Setting Up For Stormchase 2012

Left London Heathrow at exactly 12 Noon on Monday 7th May and arriving at 310pm Local Time so a 9hr 15 Minute Uneventful flight. Temperatures were very Humid when we got here at 87f with dewpoints in the low 60's. An MCS Was ongoing off to our South West and this would set the stage for Monday evening. After grabbing a bite to eat we headed off South towards Grand Prairie and found a great spot overlooking about 10 Radio Masts, Our Target Storm was about 15 miles further south and we were treated to Anvil Crawler and Ground Strikes out of the anvil hitting these masts in front of us.
Tuesday 8th May was used as setting up and kitting out the Chase Car, the atmosphere today was much more stable with temperatures in the low 20's due to the Cold Front's passage the night before so no storms today or indeed this evening. The Outlook and the Models still cannot be trusted much more than 4 days out and we are starting to see signs of some chaseable opportunities over the weekend (Initially in Southern Texas) and then next week maybe from Upslope Flow over either New Mexico or Colorado.

Some Pictures of our Chase Car and 1 of the Lightning Images from 7th May 2012

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