Strom Chase Safari Day 4

I finished a pano of the shelf cloud from yesterday…. Brian said it was in the top five shelf clouds he has seen in all his years of storm chasing. I don’t have that kind of reference but, I have to say it was pretty spectacular as it spread for miles across the sky.

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Our look at the data showed that the best bet for a storm would be somewhere near the Texas panhandle so off we went. As late afternoon approached the updrafts began forming a line building into a nice cell that we began to chase. OUr chase took us towards the southeast of the panhandle through Weatherford and down to interstate 20 where we began to chase in earnest as the storm headed towards Dallas/Fort Worth. We managed to stop a few times to work the building storm.

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The cell split and began to weaken about 20 miles west of Dallas. We studied the radar data and decided to head east towards Abilene where we would spend the night positioning ourselves for tomorrow’s storm chase. We covered 475 miles today.

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 14-24mm on Lexar digital media