|As we popped out of the wet RFD in Raymond, IA, we got a short look at what I thought
was a small meso and wallcloud. Tadd Paris' pictures show the meso was enormous and
almost on the ground. This was just the wallcloud looking north-northwest.
|Moving east to Independence, IA looking west over the airport. There was actually a
really nice roll cloud for a bit until the linear updraft ingested it morphing it into a beautiful
shelf. Interesting as the southeast backing surface winds would veer quickly to the
southwest with a half mile or so of the shelf then out of the west as the shelf passed
over. You can see what is left of the roll cloud on the right and the shelf taking shape on
|Cullen hanging out in the car while waiting to see if I get soaked by staying out too long. Kind of a
funny moment when I was yelling at him to unlock the doors as I was trying to get in as I could see
the precip coming down the road. Um...Dad? The window is open. You can unlock it yourself.
|Heading back south to highway 20 to head east. Looked like the
Country Inn and Suites was going to get eaten by the shelf.
|The shelf at its most mature stage. The area straight south would periodically have a
lot of rising motion into the flattened updraft area. I kept waiting for a sheriffnado
report but none came in thankfully. Or better yet, I was hopeful I might finally score a
leading edge suction vortex but I was in the wrong CWA for that to happen today.
|Loosing strength and starting to break up east of Winthrop, IA
|Shooting a little time lapse near dark. The
instability was pretty much spent at this point so
there was very little lightning unfortunately.
|Nothing special. Just a cool kink in the shelf as the line overtakes us as we call it a day
on the first real chase of 2009. I was happy to see our gear and setup is pretty much
bullet proof and it looks like we won't be wasting a bunch of time and money trying to
tweak stuff this year. Just a matter of getting in the car and going which will put a lot
more of the fun back into why I started doing this in the first place.
|Here is a short time lapse
showing the shelf just after dark