We had a large Slight Risk area yesterday, so we took off for the place we thought had the biggest threat.
We saw the 2% Tornado Threat Ring in the northeastern corner of Colorado, but decided that threat was not nearly as “chase-able” as the southern dryline threat.
We left Boulder, CO, and headed east on I-70, then southeast at Limon, CO.
We watched a storm bubble up near Lamar, CO, and we stayed with it for a little while, moving east. However, this storm was really high-based, and so we eventually abandoned it in pursuit of what might fire farther south and east. We did meet up with Mike Olbinski and his crew in Lamar, as well as a rookie chaser who followed us for a bit, before turning around.
Near Syracuse, KS, we saw a few cells developing to our southeast, so we continued this direction. We were on the “wrong side” of the storms, but they were very, very slow.
We dipped into Oklahoma, making it to Guymon, then turning northeast to get in front of the storms. However, these storms had weakened considerably, and so we ended up calling it a day in Guymon, OK, at the Simple Rewards Inn, which had once been our Super 8 of many chases.
Near Guymon, we ran into the Virginia Tech Hokie Storm Chasers, so we hung out with them for a bit.
Our final route is shown below:
We did well by not playing in northeastern Colorado. Check out the Storm Reports:
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