2024 Severe Weather Season

Observations of Severe Storms and Interesting Weather Phenomena (and this year, a Total Solar Eclipse and an Aurora)

A Wild and Fast-Paced Couple Days around Pagosa Springs, CO

Since these involve partly winter weather events and partly weather/sky events that were not, I am posting these in both my Winter Weather and Severe Weather Observation pages.

May 11, 2024 Pagosa Springs Hailstorm and Wolf Creek Thundersnow - Thunderstorms produce hail around mid-morning in Pagosa Springs, with accumulations of up to 3" in some areas, then thundersnow at Wolf Creek Ski Area and nearby locations. And later, another spectacular storm goes up on the west slopes of the mountains. Report includes a detailed write-up, videos of both the hailstorm and the thundersnow, and photos.

May 10, 2924 Mountain Snow, Foothills "Thunderslush" and an Aurora Borealis Display - On an exciting day, all of it close to home, I witness snow in the San Juan Mountains, "thunderslush" (winter precipitation mixed with rain, with thunder), and a display of the Aurora Borealis (northern lights), a rarity for a location as far south as Pagosa Springs. Report includes a detailed write-up, pictures of the mountain snow and the aurora, and video of the "thunderslush." CO.

April 27, Binger to Perry Oklahoma Storm Chase - I observe a tornadic storm as I pursue it from near Binger, Oklahoma northeastward to Perry, OK. I saw what was likely the Geary/Calumet, OK EF-1 tornado, but could not photograph it due to only getting brief glimpses of it through breaks in trees as I was in heavy, fast traffic on I-40 when the tornado occurred. There was another much briefer and weaker tornado southwest of Hinton that with a clear view should have been visible, but from my angle it was hidden by rain. Report includes a detailed account of my observations of this storm and several pictures of the storm (and the heavy traffic of storm chasers pursuing it).

April 25, Western Kansas Storm Chase - I intercept supercells that produce big hail, but no tornadoes, in western Kansas. One interesting ocurrence was when the updraft of a newly formed supercell drew in low clouds that formed on the leading edge of a southwestward-moving cold front that had begun the day as a warm front. Report includes a detailed account of my observations and a number of photos.

April 8, Total Solar Eclipse, Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site, Illinois - With my daughter and her family, I observed the total eclipse from the Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site near Chester, IL. This total eclipse was quite different from the only other one I had ever seen, the 2017 one which I saw in Nebraska. This time, with solar activity near a peak, I was able to photograph solar prominences, which were not visible in 2017. Also got a picture of the "diamond ring." This link includes a detailed account of my obsevations of the eclipse along with lots of photos and some detail on several ways this total eclipse was different from the one in 2017.

This page last updated May 14, 2024

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