I started out the morning by going for a run around North Platte. It was a humid day already.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had issued a Slight Risk:
Today, there was also a 2% Tornado Threat Ring:
I decided that I might trek east anyhow, in spite of the threat. I ended up stopping a few times to check the latest surface observations and visible satellite imagery. I stopped at a lake and took a walk for a bit, trying to decide whether to go east. Instead, I decided to go after the threat.
Just south of Lexington, I stopped to fill my water bottle on the side of the road, at a pull out, well off the road. I also restarted my phone, because it was freaking out. A police officer pulled over near me. I will spare you the details, but the interaction was unpleasant. He told me I needed to leave immediately, and yelled “NOW” when I tried to screw the top back on my water bottle.
It put a damper on the rest of the day. I took no photos of the weak storms I saw, and really had no idea what to do next. I did run a livestream video or two approaching the messy storms from the north. I had been too far east to catch the storms when they went severe, and was dealing with their grouping up instead of their discrete stage.
I ended up spending the night in my car again, this time at the TA in Oakley, KS.
My final route is shown below:
The Storm Reports graphic is shown below:
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