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storm gallery: June 2-3, 2002

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Promising dynamics failed to fire storms on June 2, 2002, near Wister, Nebraska, but horseshoe funnels showed there was shear in the air. Scott Blair, Jason Politte and I endured the bust, then headed west to get into position for the next day's chase. Images from video.

On June 3, 2002, we stopped for a snack at the Dairy King in Last Chance, Colorado. When we came out, a big supercell with a tornado warning on it had formed to the southwest. Image from video. Scott Blair jumps into action after climbing on his car to get a better look. Image from video.

The storm tried to form a wall cloud. Image from video. We headed down a rough farm road to get ahead of it. Image from video.

The storm had a mean-looking hail core that we had to hurriedly skirt to avoid getting slammed. Images from video.

Impressive-looking scud clouds loomed in front of the storm as it became more linear. Image from video. Soon it was forming an impressive shelf cloud. Image from video.

The storm developed a spectacular gust front, which hid large hail. We never saw the softball-size hail that was reported. Images from video.

We got separated but reunited at the Flagler, Colorado, airport, where I'd found a good - and wonderfully loud - hail shelter before the onslaught began. Images from video.

The hail reached only about golf-ball size, but there was a lot of it. Images from video.

The hail piled up everywhere, turning the land into a winter wonderland in June. The second shot shows Interstate 70 as seen from the access road as traffic crawled along. Images from video.

Links to 2002 chase reports:

  • May 17-22: A chase to Wyoming is a magnificently windy experience
  • May 23-24: A handful of tornadoes in the Texas panhandle
  • May 26: A festival of gustnadoes in the Oklahoma panhandle
  • May 28-29: Storms lead us on in southwest Texas
  • June 2-3: Horseshoe funnels in Nebraska and a blast of hail in Colorado
  • June 4: A rotating storm, gustnadoes, a pretty supercell and a race against hail
  • July 23 & 25: Triggered lightning at Camp Blanding, Florida

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