Our first stop was the Cadillac Ranch. I knew the Sirens Project guys would like it, and it is just west of town. I didn’t take many photos, because I ended up with spray paint on my hands. I only got one of a car with the Sirens Project sticker on it.
We were able to get out of the cloud cover again today, and even had a little altocumulus castellanus (accas) above us for a bit.
Just north of Hugoton, KS, we tried to punch ahead of a developing cell. It developed too quickly, and soon we were slammed with heavy rains, small hail, and zero visibility. With most of the ditches near flooding state, we could not risk continuing. We turned around and waited for it to pass. It congealed quickly, and was unchaseable. It eventually dropped its severe warning.
The most interesting part of the day was sunset again today. We took quite a few photos and drone footage of the Mesoscale Convective System (MCS) just outside of Dodge City, KS, at sunset. While on the side of the road, we caught up to our friends Charles and Kathy Peek.
Here is the “marshmellow field” at sunset.
We had a fantastic Mexican dinner at Tacos Jaliscos. The food was alright, but the chaser convergence and fellowship was the highlight. The Peeks, my crew, and the Sirens Project crew were all there, and we got all of our orders mixed up. I ordered something with no onions, and a lady walked around with a burrito with no onions. I knew I had ordered no onions, but didn’t think I’d ordered a burrito. She gave up and went to throw it away, and I said something like, “I hate being stupid!” and went to get it. I was met at the counter with my actual order, not the burrito. Everyone laughed. Kathryn, meanwhile, had not received her food. As it turns out, it showed up in front of Warren, and he ate it, not remembering what he had ordered. I think we all left that place with our sides hurting from all the jokes and laughter. Here is a group photo after dinner:
We spent the night in the Super 8 in Dodge City, where I have spent quite a few nights over the years.
The route is shown below:
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Storm Report graphic shows mostly wind reports in our area:
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