Okay, I’m not 100% sure that you can technically call this a storm chase when I just had to drive a few minutes out of my own city, but I consider it a chase because I left my house and went out of the city to see it. (I’ve been told it’s more like storm spotting!)
Whatever it was, it was awesome!! I could not have asked for a better storm to hit off the season with. I didn’t get to see a tornado or even a funnel (I don’t think…) but there was a lot of awesome in this storm.
First of all, the thunder was continual! When I say continual, I mean it. I hardly saw any lightning strike the ground but I never heard a break in the thunder. It was awesome. There must have been a ton of intracloud lightning up there. I’m convinced that the view from above this storm would have been awesome too! As I sat in the field (in my vehicle) I was enthralled to see this small cloud, below the giant ‘mothership’ cloud, was rotating. It was amazing! I’ve never seen such motion in person. I watch a lot of live feeds from storm chasers in the field but this was amazing to see in person. For about half an hour I watched this storm rotate. Soon it began to become disorganized and I could see that the rotation was slowing. Then the rain swept in. I was way too close to a pretty intense flash of lightning and decided that my day in the field had ended and so I headed home. Even when I got home the rotation had nearly gone but was still visible. It was too close to my house for me to want it to still drop a tornado, but it was still neat to watch until it ended. Then, at the tail end of this storm, I also got to see a double rainbow. Very cool! I just wanted to share this cool experience and write it down in case I forget down the road… which is doubtful. Here’s the awesome rotating cloud in this massive supercell!
Have you ever had a cool storm experience? Do you chase? I’d love to hear your stories!!