2005 JUNE 2: LIMON, COLORADO MOTHERSHIP
This was a tough forecast. Eric Nguyen, Dave Fick, and I woke in Garden
City and headed for Sheridan Lake, CO, hoping for storms to fire on the
higher ground and move into better theta-e air as the midlevel flow
improved. But in the back of our minds we knew that not having a real
focus for initiation could be a problem, and the cap was worrisome. Our
cu field began to dissipate and the first Denver-area supercell fired.
When storms began near Limon, we raced north and caught the Limon cell
as it was entering the city. We heard reports of a tornado earlier and
softball hail on the highway. As the storm came into view, we knew we
were on something special.
This supercell was absolutely stunning. It outclassed the GRI mothership from the 10th and I would have never imagined seeing two storms of that caliber within four weeks. A deeply striated and vigorously rotating storm, it was so incredible that one member of our group jumped back on Interstate 70 in order to race AWAY from it to get a Chris Kridler-style distance shot a la May 29, 2001.
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