The month of May in Colorado can bring just about any kind of weather you can think of. Snow, rain, hail, tornadoes...you name it. On Wednesday, May 21st Mother Nature brought the fury to Denver and parts east. A supercell developed just west of the Denver metro area, moved through down dropping large hail and causing all kinds of damage, then moved east and brought reports of tornadoes near DIA. I was on the storm pretty close from the beginning, intercepting it just as it moved out of the metro area. I didn't see any tornadoes, and this year has been pretty slim for tornadoes overall, so I'm wondering if someone got a case of the "I want to see it, therefore I will see it even if it isn't there", which has seemed to plague many people this season. Anyways, I got a lot of images and it was a very picturesque storm in a beautiful part of the country. Here's what I captured:
Storm chases have been few and far between this year. Drought, cooler air and cold front after cold front have really robbed the atmosphere of the energy potental for severe thunderstorms. But, May 11th it was a different story. I had a couple of options: Drive to Nebraska for an enhanced risk of large tornadoes, or drive to central Kansas and possibly catch individual cells that would be more beautiful in structure, but lacking overall tornadic potential. Well, knowing that I had to be to work at 8 am in OKC helped make my decision, and Kansas it was. Overall, it was a tremendous day with tornado warned cells that dropped funnels and even a short lived tornado or two. Here's a pretty good photo summary of the day.
Wednesday, May 7th brought another slight risk of severe weather in Southern Oklahoma and Mother Nature didn't disappoint. After driving down to just south of Lawton, OK, the first storm popped up and raced quickly to the north. With just about every storm moving to the north at warp speed, we decided to travel south down near Wichita Falls, TX where a slower moving, more robust cell had taken shape. We caught up to it at Henrietta, TX and the show was incredible. Afterwards we moved north to Waurika, OK and caught another cell that ended up being tornado warned. It had incredible structure as well and showed lots of rotation. Ultimately it didn't drop a tornado, but the scenery was fantastic.
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