Horses and Storms

13 May 2016

Thursday’s lack of storms gave us the opportunity to go exploring in the Midwest and we booked a cabin in the woods on the grounds of an awesome working ranch where we spent the day cycling around and meeting the ranch workers and animals that lived there.

The storms were due to return Friday so after a morning horseback ride we packed up and headed back out into the Alley for in the hope of some exciting weather.

Horses no storms

Again, the cold front was to be the focus of any activity but with it stretching from southwest Texas, through Oklahoma, Kansas and into Missouri where we were, picking the point at which storms would initiate was a tough job. If we had the choice being further south would have given us an edge as the moisture was greater down there. For this reason we set out on a trajectory southwest but ensuring we stayed out ahead of the approaching front.

Storms were already in progress further north and as we traversed the Alley, more cells popped up in the west. However, they failed to remain discrete for very long and soon a line of storms defined the front which was steadily approaching us from the northwest.

The closest we came to anything photogenic was from one cell that was the most dominant in the line and remained somewhat discrete for an hour or so.

Entire storm shelf cloud

Partial storm shelf cloud

A couple of other cells popped up and we grabbed some structure shots where we could but it was apparent that the entire northern extent of the line of storms was starting to fizzle which marked the end of our date with the storms for today.

Hail shafts

Green hail core

The next few days are forecast to be somewhat quiet for this time of year so now comes the time to study the models and hopecast some storms.

SPC Day 1 Weather Outlook as at 06:00UTC (01:00 Central Time the night before)

SPC 01:00UTC day 1 forecast for Fri May 2016

SPC Day 1 Weather Reports for the day.

SPC storm reports for Fri May 2016

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