Las Vegas Storm Chase

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Lightning explodes over the city of Las Vegas, Nevada September 13, 2017.  Vegas during the monsoon season is an exciting time for us.  It is constantly filled with the anticipation of severe weather and the preparation of our equipment to pursuit lightning.  Storm chasing in and around Vegas is an incredibly rewarding experience when Mother Nature puts her bad behavior on display for the whole Vegas valley to see.  Sure there are those little storms out there on the Plains, meh, but when it…

Storm Chase Dodge City, Kansas

May 24, 2016 was an epic day storm chasing on the plains. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had forecasted an enhanced risk for the day and I was ready for another epic day of chasing.  I was in Shamrock, Texas and it seemed like an eternity waiting for the latest forecast model.  I sat and waited, drove around, fueled up, looked at the SPC website, checked the mesoanalysis page, and chatted on messenger in an attempt to figure out where the target area was going to be for the afternoon.…

Storm Chase North Las Vegas

Storm chasing in Vegas during the monsoon season is an exciting time.  Storms roll into the valley and can explode over the city bringing dangerous cloud to ground lightning, hail, massive rain and flash flooding.  Vegas definitely has some great severe weather opportunities to observe and photograph Mother Nature behaving badly.

Storm Chase Four States

The convective outlook for the day called for an enhanced risk and the main reason I decided to make the overnight drive from North Dakota to Wyoming. It was a long night of driving through some terrible weather and I was tired, worn down, and zombie-like as I pulled into the outskirts of North Platte, Nebraska.  Parked on the side of the road with one eye open, I tried to watch the sunrise but my eyes felt like heavy weights were attached to the lids and I easily fell right…

Storm Chase South Dakota

I had an early morning departure to get to the target area in time.  The target was 647 miles away and after spending the night in a terrible motel, it was not difficult waking up early and getting on the road.  Holy smokes, wrap me in plastic, break out the lysol, spray and pray.  The motel room was bad, but I was tired and needed a place to sleep other than the front seat of Drones.  At this point I had traveled 1,994 miles and I was still on a cloud…