June 6, 2010
Headed out of Omaha for a target area in the Nebraska Panhandle. While
on Interstate 80 the IMAX crew filmed the VORTEX 2 armada from a
helicopter west of Omaha. Once the filming was completed we headed west
for Ogallala for some developing storms north of Interstate 80.
Although these storms do not look all that impressive they are the only
storms on radar so we decided to head west to Big Springs.
The storm quickly organizes with a pendant...rotation and a wide TBSS.
The storm also shows rotation visually as a wall cloud forms on the
south side of the storm. With the storm taking a right turn and heading
more south we head back east where we go through the periphery of the
core with some hail and wind on our way to Ogallala.
From there we dive south towards Grant where the storm develops some
great storm scale rotation...wall cloud and lowering underneath the
wall cloud. Despite the favorable
storm structure no tornadoes developed from our location. We continued
following the storm east of Imperial until it became obvious this storm
was dying out and additional storms to the north
were developing. The downdraft from this storm spun up several
gustnadoes and near blinding dust as we were overtaken by several
rounds of a wall of dust.
We head back to Ogallala to
intercept the storms to the north. While we
did not observe any tornadoes with these storms...however the storms
produced some great looking shelf clouds. We get out of the way of the
storms hail swath just in time to get some 1 inch hail before the storm
goes on to produce damaging wind blown 1.25 inch hail in Ogallala.
This storm also becomes outflow dominant so operations cease
for the day once this storm passes through Ogallala.
The IMAX crew filming the VORTEX 2 armada
The storm near Ogallala shows signs of rotation
The storm trying to spin something up north of Grant
The storm becomes outflow dominant
The storm east of Imperial develops a hole on the underside
Shelf cloud north of Ogallala on the last storm of the day
The storm approaches our location
The sun setting on operations for the day
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