What was supposed to be a travel day ended up landing me on an amazing isolated supercell storm during the late evening hours. Ironically, the following day – which was supposed to be the main chase day – ended up busting.
The high based, LP supercell was easy to see as I drove westbound out of Garden City. When I did the math later, this storm slowly moved east at about 8 mph over the next two hours. My chase logs show my position didn’t change for 55 minutes at one point.
After the sun had set, I decided to start searching for the largest hail I could find. While on the west side of the updraft, I could hear large hail stones whistling as they fell, then either thudding in the mud or smashing on the highway. I was amazed at the amount of hail which I measured between 4 and 5 inches in diameter. The only person I saw over a two hour period was a law enforcement officer that drove through the area of large hail. His car was destroyed, and his only words of advice, “Don’t go up there!”
After measuring my hail bounty, I watched the storm slowly move east with moonlight shining on the back side. This day remains high on my list of days I would like to do over with my current camera gear.