Tour 6 - Upslope Supercells
What a fantastic week of chasing! The forecast actually looked fairly poor for this week but with good forecasting and mother nature cooperating when she really didn't need to made this a really special tour.
This tour began in Denver, Colorado and for the first 2 days we chased the front range into eastern Colorado. Storms really struggled as moisture just wasn't very good. Since the guest came in the day before his arrival date we added an extra day of chasing. Nobody wants to watch storms from the hotel room! We were able to core punch these storms and got into some golfball size hail which was really fun and added some new dents to the van.
Wednesday ended up being a down day so we went up to the mountains and spent the day in Winter Park, Colorado. Ate good food, visited Rocky Mountain National Park, did a short hike to an intense water fall in Grand Lake, and to finish the evening did a little bowling.
My Wednesday night forecast was starting to show some promise of severe weather and potentially tornadoes in the Northern Plains. We left Winter Park early Thursday morning and made the trek to Montana. We entered the state early evening and were greeted with stormy skies. We tried to chase but the road networks kept us from advancing on the storms efficiently. We really didn't plan to chase since it was a marginal day and we drove up all day from Colorado but since there were storms we tried. We stayed the night in Miles City, Montana.
Friday June 10th was looking like a great day for supercells to come off the mountains west of Great Falls, Montana. We took the scenic route from Miles City to Great Falls. We felt like pizza so we went to Papa Johns, got the pizza and set up down the road just a couple miles outside of Great Falls
We pulled over on top of a large hill and ate pizza while the storm I forecasted was forming right in front of us. It could not have been any more perfect! I explained everything that was going on to the guest. The storm became a magnificent beast supercell and we chased it from it's birth to it's death. Though it was tornado warned it never really could get it together, but provided one of the most amazing sights we had ever seen. A huge wall cloud consuming a Mesa near Square Buttes, MT.
We witnessed 3 separate amazing supercells, each provided something special. I will let the pictures explain.