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 The Dakotas

The day started in Rapid City, South Dakota and ended 36 hours later in Denver, Colorado.  It was a tough chase day but well worth the lack of sleep and the 1,033 miles of driving.  If I had to remember one thing about this chase day that stood out in my mind, it was my night in Rapid City.  The bed at the Inn and Suites where I had stayed the night was so comfortable.  The morning arrived too quick and the ritual of looking at maps, looking at the…

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…

Storm Chasing Oklahoma

The chase started in Elk City, Oklahoma and ended in Goodland, Kansas.   I left Clinton, Oklahoma on May 30th and and drove west to Elk City.  Arriving in Elk City before noon, I decided I needed a day off before the next leg of the journey so I booked a room and relaxed all day.  I was extremely tired of fast food, beating myself up always trying to figure out where the next gas station was located, and of course driving.  Most of the day was spent in the…

Storm Chase Oklahoma

I thought I would get an early start and head for Dallas Forth Worth to see a friend.  Checking the weather it seemed like the target area was going to be northeast Oklahoma.  I decided to scrap driving south to Dallas and head for Oklahoma.  Storms were predicted in northeast Oklahoma and I wanted to be in position before storms initiated in the afternoon.  I spent most of the morning trying to figure out some work related issues back in Las Vegas and it was super frustrating.  On the road to…

Storm Chase Texas

The chase started in Shamrock, Texas and at the end of the day, I would find myself seeing a supercell and getting pummeled by hail, rain, and wind.  I had mixed feelings about what had occurred the day before when I missed a tornado in Canadian, Texas.   I kept thinking about my choice to stay on I-40 direct to Shamrock then north to Canadian.  There was an alternate route but I chose not to take it.  I kept thinking if I would have taken the alternate route, I would have seen…

Storm Chase Canadian Texas

Departing Albuquerque, New Mexico I had a sense of missing Vegas.  The chase rig began to cut out like it was running out of fuel and I wondered if I was really going to make the trip.  The thought of ending the chase before it really started tugged away in my mind.  I was two states away and trying to figure out my next move really consumed my thoughts.  I decided to stop and take a break in Tucumcari, New Mexico.  I refueled the chase rig, grabbed a cup of coffee,…

Storm Shots I July 2009

  2009 JULY 22:  Monsoon moisture fueled an outbreak of severe thunderstorms that produced high winds and extremely dangerous cloud to ground lightning in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Storm Shots II August

Timing, luck, and anticipation.  It appeared these were the key ingredients missing from a successful recipe of shooting the storms prior to August 19, 2014.  Night one resulted in driving north towards Mesquite and seeing nothing but a light rain.  Sitting atop a hill and looking towards Vegas I could see the frequent flashes of lightning in Las Vegas.  I immediately drove back towards Vegas and could see the storm was developing in the area of Coyote Creek near Moapa.     Driving the highway between Interstate 15 and Highway 93, I…

Ever Been in a Flash Flood?

Tired from storm chasing the previous evening, we decided to casually venture out in the desert south of Las Vegas for a little exploration of the Colesseum Mine south of Primm, Nevada along the California and Nevada border.  The day was amazing and we could see cumulous build up on the horizon as far as the eye could see.  Heading towards the Colesseum Mine we traveled up the road, which at times appeared more like a wash, and could see there were thunderstorm cells developing around us that appeared to be tracking…

Storm Shots July 06, 2014

July 06, 2014: Conditions looked favorable for storms in the area. I loaded up the truck and headed north again towards Coyote Springs. The sky is always amazing during the monsoon season and I watched as several cells moved around the area producing rain accompanied with lightning. Right at dusk, I decided to drive east towards the town of Moapa. The radar showed a storm moving across the Morman Mountains towards the west. I was in a good position to catch the storm as it moved across the desert to…

Storm Shots July 05, 2014

July 05, 2014: After reading the hazardous weather outlook by the NWS in Las Vegas, the chance to see and photograph lightning was a gamble however we decided it was worth the effort to drive towards the Lincoln county line and set up the cameras.  The NWS hazardous weather outlook for the evening: THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST ARIZONA…CALIFORNIA AND SOUTHERN NEVADA. .DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING ERRATIC GUSTY WINDS AND BRIEF PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN ARE EXPECTED TODAY AND TONIGHT. SOME DRY…