May 14, 2021, Tornado-Look-Alike (actually a snow virga shower) Near Cuchara, CO - As I drive to Trinidad, CO to preposition for a few days of storm chasing, I see something that looks a lot like a tornado but isn't - instead it is virga, precipitation coming out of the base of the cloud but mostly evaporating before reaching the ground. Includes photo and discussion of this phenomenon
May 15, 2021 - Two Bow-Head Mesocyclones, one with a Tornado, CO and NM - First, I observe a severe-warned storm on the Raton Mesa of far northern NM, with strong rotation and a persistent wall cloud that dropped a lot of hail on the south slope of the mesa, as it evolved into the head of a bow echo. Then later, another similar developing bow-head storm near Rocky Ford, CO, that dropped one of the only two tornadoes in the United States that day. Includes photos, video, a radar loop, and extensive discussion of my obervations of these storms and the meterological setup that gave rise to them
May 16, 2021 - Supercell East and South of Pueblo, CO - I follow a spectacular supercell as it moves "backwards" to the south-southwest east and south of Pueblo, CO, transitioning in its appearance from LP to classic to HP supercell. Includes photos and extensive discussion of the storm and why it moved in this unusual manner.
May 17, 2021, Rain, Snow, Graupel/Snow Pellets, and Hail, with Thunder and Lightning, Alamosa, CO - I encounter an unusual storm that produces rain, hail, graupel, and snow, sometimes all at once, along with thunder and lightning, in Alamosa, CO. One of the most unusual thunderstorms I ahve ever seen. Report includes photos and video, along with a couple pictures of an earlier storm west of Walsenburg, along with extensive descriptions of what I observed and the meteorology giving rise to it.
Total chase distance for this trip: 1140 miles.
May 26, 2021 - Texas Panhandle Supercell and Tornadoes - I intercept a monster supercell in the far northern Texas Panhandle, as it produces multiple tornadoes, huge hail (which I managed to avoid), and big dust plumes lofted by intense RFD wind. Report includes more than a dozen photos, three video segments, detailed descvriptions of my observations of this storm, and discussion of the meteorological setup that led to it.
May 27, 2021 - A Splitting Supercell in the Southern Texas Panhandle - I watch a supercell near Turkey, TX as it splits. The left split (anticyclonic) moves away from me to the north/northeast, while the right split comes torward me - and I was in a position to document both. I then stayed ahead of the right split as it moved southeast into Turkey, dropping up to 1.5" hail. Some of the hail fell with the sun shining and a rainbow. Report includes pictures including a panorama showing both the right and left splits, along with a detailed description of what I experienced.
May 28, 2021 - A Supercell Crosses I-40 East of Clines Corners, NM - On the return from my two days of chasing in the TX Panhandle, I encounter a supercell east of Clines Corners, NM that stops traffic on I-40 with 1-inch hail, torrential rain, and dust lofted by RFD wind. And a pretty spectacular mammatus display, too. Includes photos and a detailed description of the storm and the weather setup that led to it.
Total chase distance for this trip: 1255 miles.
May 30, 2021 - Central New Mexico Storm Chase - Storms near Encino and Duran produce hail and flash flooding, and offer up some nice photo ops. Includes photos and a details of my final May, 2021 storn chase.
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