Y-O-Ming

11 May 2018

Today we had another slight risk to play with. Originally the risk area stretched from Wyoming through Nebraska and off to the east. However, overnight storms and the subsequent stratus deck confined the risk to the more western parts - which made choosing an area a little easier. So we headed off toward the Laramie mountain range of Wyoming. The drive was not unlike a drive through a drizzly cold England for the most part and the sight of some breaks in the cloud nearer Cheyenne was a welcomed relief.

Unfortunately though, the storms, although looking OK whilst hoisted up by the mountains, lost most of their vigour as they rolled off the hills. There just wasn’t enough instability. The air was too cold and dry, keeping things fairly stable. In fact, it just looked kind of foggy everywhere!

We did manage to find one storm that held its severe status for half an hour or so and we had fun collecting hail in its wake, but there was zero structure to see. Some pieces were over an inch.

Hailstones

Hail Measurement

Cambo And Hail

Later on that day a few more storms tried to get going - but they looked far better on radar than they did in real life!

Radar

Radar Fog

Unfortunately, without much stormyness forecast for the next day, we headed back to Sidney, Nebraska where we found an awesome Days Inn motel with enough fun things like hot tubs and pools and gyms to keep us occupied whilst waiting for the weather to pick up.

 

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 2018

SPC Day 1 Weather Reports for the day.

SPC storm reports for Fri May 2018

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