High Plains magic: Two unimaginably stunning days of supercell thunderstorms (PHOTOS)


May 19, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

Ogallala, Neb. – Chasers and meteorologists call it “High Plains magic,” and when you see the results it’s easy to understand why.

Storm chasing buddies Mark Ellinwood, James Hyde and I left the East Coast last Friday for our annual “chase-cation” and we arrived in the target area on Sunday.

Despite marginal surface moisture (something generally required for big rotating supercells), an area of developing low pressure east of the Rockies and its fast-flowing, rotating air made for two days of memorable storms.

On Sunday we spent the day in Wyoming, and witnessed the viral supercell shared here yesterday. On Monday, the main target was nearby Nebraska.

Monday, May 19 – Albin, WY to near Ogallala, Neb.


May 19, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

May 19, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

May 19, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

May 19, 2014. (James Hyde)

May 19, 2014. (Ian Livingston)


May 19, 2014 – Time lapse. (Mark Ellinwood)

Sunday, May 18 – Eastern Wyoming


May 18, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

May 18, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

May 18, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

May 18, 2014. (James Hyde)

May 18, 2014. (Ian Livingston)


May 18, 2014. (Mark Ellinwood)

May 19 from other chasers

Cool video (remarkable footage starting around 1:35 minutes in) from freenewsau via YouTube:

 

 

 

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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