Yesterday was a good chase day for us, and I wasn’t expecting it. I started out the day by driving from Rio Rancho to Socorro to pick up my chase partner for this week. In the morning, we had mostly sunny skies. You can see the Lifted Condensation Level (LCL) height clearly in this photo near my house.
In the afternoon, we traveled under mostly cloudy skies and patchy rain all the way into El Paso. At El Paso, we headed east on I-10, running through a few weaker cells and some pea-sized hail. To our east, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued.
We stopped briefly in Van Horn, TX, to evaluate a storm that had formed to our south, and was moving north-northeast.
It rained a bit, and probably produced small hail, but nothing near severe limits. It did have some lightning on it, and that was worth watching.
We continued east towards my original target of Fort Stockton, TX. Along the way, a storm to our south began to get more organized. I watched it for a bit, then turned southwest on US-67 to get a closer look.
Doppler RADAR indicated some strengthening, so I stuck by this storm for a little while.
We inched a little closer, but started to run out of daylight.
Once the sun set, the storm weakened. We drove to Fort Stockton for the night, stopping at the Motel 6 for the evening. The storm never did become severe-warned.
The route is shown below:
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