Yesterday was an active storm chase day. We left North Platte, NE, towards Grand Island, NE, to meet up with bunches of storm chasers for a story that Maya was running. We knew we didn’t have far to travel to reach the severe threat, so we lingered at Bossellman’s Travel Plaza. After the interviews, we headed north stopping at an intersection just north of Bartlett, NE.
We lingered for quite some time at Bartlett, playing games with the traffic camera that overlooked the intersection and took photos every 20 minutes. It was too cold and cloudy there, and we were waiting for the cloud cover to break. Eventually, it broke to our southwest, so we drove towards Ord,NE.
From the Casey’s parking lot, we watched a few cells start to grow. They were leaning hard, indicating strong shear.
We stopped along a reservoir and watched several cells grow, and listened to the thunder roll in across the lake.
One cell was clearly taking over as the dominant cell, splitting a few times. We drove just west of Taylor and got a peek into its inflow notch. It had a rotating wall cloud, but we couldn’t stay long, as the storm finally broke away from the boundary and began to move northeast.
We were quickly running out of daylight. We headed north on a few roads to look, but couldn’t see into the storm in the low light. We reserved rooms in Yankton, SD, for the night.
However, along the way, a strong line of storms developed between our location and Yankton, SD. We would be fighting this line the entire time. Instead, we reserved other rooms in Norfolk, NE, and ducked out of the squall line that had 1.25″ hail and multiple tornado warnings. With little data, no visibility and the thoughts of riding for hours through a very dangerous situation, we ate the loss on the hotel rooms in Yankton and arrived at the Hampton in Norfolk at around 1 AM.
This was our route:
There were only a few APRS pings:
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