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Chase May 15 2002

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Route:Amarillo (TX) - Lamar (CO) - Garden City (KS) - Dodge City(KS) - Greensburg (KS) - Larned (KS)
Chasepartner(s):Harald Edens
Weatherdata:SPC Day 1 Outlook


CHASE LOG:
This day we headed for Lamar, Colorado, to a slight-risk area for severe thunderstorms. However, dewpoints were too low to initiate deep convection. We spotted a shallow storm 10 miles south of Lamar and decided to chase this into Kansas. The storm had a very high base and much of rain evaporated before reaching ground. There were many prairie dogs around here!
In Kansas the storm extended itself into a line of storms moving east. Near Dodge City the storm became severe for a short time. We did a core-punch of most southern storm; which yielded torrential rainfall and small hail. Lightning was purple, CG and CC/IC. Around sunset we picked out a vantage point (we were now near Greensburg KS) for lightning and rainbow photography. The mammatus clouds were nice; but the sun set over Altocumulus and storm anvils were shaded.
Many more storms formed after sunset and were electrically very active. Most storms evolved from producing IC discharges to crawlers and CG later on. Near midnight, we went back home. This chase was 822 miles long, but not very spectacular. However, it was very interesting to watch the storms' lightning lifecycles.


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