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gallery: May 8, 2011

May 8, 2011: My hopes for storms were high enough on this day that I left Norman, Oklahoma, about 5 a.m. to head for Nebraska, thinking I might have to be in its northern extremes to catch a storm. My forecast was amended somewhat when I checked data at York, Nebraska; it appeared the storms might be farther south and east, if the cap - the warm layer of air above the surface - would break and let the storms build. It never did, though a small cluster of storms did form in the area farther northwest that many had been looking at earlier. I didn't feel like I'd missed much, though I got a few photos of a cumulus cloud that tried and failed to become a storm. Share

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8 MAY 2011 - Sunrise in Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 8 MAY 2011 - Sunrise in Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 8 MAY 2011 - A pretty sky started the day in Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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8 MAY 2011 - A dusty track leads to the horizon in an Oklahoma farm field. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 8 MAY 2011 - Mid-level clouds just south of the Kansas border. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 8 MAY 2011 - And more (if you looked to the right) of the mid-level clouds just south of the Kansas-Nebraska border. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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8 MAY 2011 - I paused halfway between Columbus and Norfolk, Nebraska, to be near any storm that might fire in this juicy area near the warm front. None did. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 8 MAY 2011 - Near O'Neill, Nebraska, a cumulus that tried to break the cap didn't have much moisture to work with and no real base. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 8 MAY 2011 - Near O'Neill, Nebraska, a towering cumulus tries to get its act together. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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8 MAY 2011 - Near O'Neill, Nebraska, here's a different view of the towering cumulus - a "turkey tower," because it couldn't break the capping inversion. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 8 MAY 2011 - Here's a wacky view of the tower, taken with a fisheye lens. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 8 MAY 2011 - Though the towering cu fell over, it still produced some mammatus. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com
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8 MAY 2011 - Near O'Neill, Nebraska, the failed storm attempt shrinks further near sunset. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com 8 MAY 2011 - Bye, bye, cloudy. Photo by Chris Kridler, chriskridler.com

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