Monday, May 25, 2009

May 24th Mountain Supercell!


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Timelapsed the southside of the supercell moving ENE...than another cell that produced numerous funnels near Parker & Highlands Ranch moving North with wall cloud structure left-over and lots of downpouring....
I woke up to see black skies and was still recooperating from the last two days...I had to get my sunglasses on just from the brightness I couldn't see much at first...once I put them on I could see the structure of a meso forming right off the Rocky Mountains! This soon gained momentum given the midlevel shear and quick height fall....This resulted in a classic supercell structured storm with the upper-level shear as the midlevel shear...Again the moisture was already there...as well as the southeasterly component...badda boom....the question that I haven't been able to ask is why today rather than the other two days....this will be something I will wrestle once I really go back to analyze the meteorological perspective....
As the system moved a couple miles from the mountains it became tornado warned!

After a tornado was supposedly sited which I didn't see any indication of a tornado; along with other colorado chasers Ryan Shepard, Dann Cianca, and Michael Carlson; we all would like a visual moment of this report. 2 miles NE of Commerce City...I did have a good view besides the fact a building was in the way....so this might have been my downfall to really get a ground visual at the instant....There is obvious rotation in the footage no doubt....SUPERCELL!

This storm continued to structure for a good while with a wall cloud and structured meso....
Now for the south, another cell developed....

This created numerous reports of funnel clouds which have visual confirmation; click here to see on 7News http://www.thedenverchannel.com/slideshow/slideshows/19554889/detail.html
Being on the north side of the cell only shows rain curtains and frontal lines....after all was said and done I did see what was left of the wall cloud dissipating...

Other amazing shoots of the Supercell can be seen @
http://michaelcarlsonphoto.blogspot.com/
http://blog.bigskyconvection.com/
http://www.cuttothestormchase.blogspot.com/

1 comment:

Dann Cianca said...

Great pics/vid! You had a great view! I agree with your assessment of how the storm formed. Great to see it from that angle.