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May 3, 2020

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Tour 5 - Extreme Instability

 

On this particular tour laughter was essentially non stop! The first day of the tour resulted in a fairly full day of storm chasing in Kansas, and us being on the ONLY tornado warned storm of the day!

 

Mother nature was quite stubborn on this tour. We had plenty of instability for storms but the jet stream was largely lacking for most of the tour and a ridge of high pressure dominated most of Great Plains. 

 

 

 

 

Kansas Tornado Warned Supercell.

 

The next day presented a chase in Colorado but moisture just didn't make it in time and so we watched struggling cumulus clouds. Afterwards we decided to spend some time in the mountains of Colorado to enjoy the mountain life for a couple a days before our next chase opportunity. 

 

 

We stayed the night in Fraser, Colorado and the next morning visited several beautiful sights in the area, like Rocky Mountain National Park and Adams Falls. After our busy day of exploring we headed towards Winter Park, Colorado and grabbed a delicious dinner of Italian food. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                       Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park!

Our view outside of our hotel in Fraser.

 

Departing Winter Park we began our trek on a scenic drive through Northern Colorado into Wyoming. Traversing through Willow Creek Pass into the North Park region of Colorado eventually entering Wyoming.  We were on our way to North East Wyoming to witness the beautiful and famous Devils Tower! My forecast began to narrow down a potential chase in South Dakota that I had been keeping an eye on, so we were in great position to have fun in the area while waiting on the chase day. 

 

 

      The guys holding our sign at Devils Tower, WY.

 

From Devils Tower we headed to Rapid City, South Dakota. Got our hotel booked and ate dinner at the amazing Firehouse Brewing. Delicious food and in house brewed beer. Once dinner was over we traveled through the Black Hills to visit Mount Rushmore and walk off our full stomachs! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Rushmore in the evening setting.