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gallery: May 29, 2011

May 29, 2011: I chased with several friends today. In Salina, Kansas, we discussed whether to go to southeast Nebraska or central Kansas. We chose the former based on huge instability, but instead of a great storm, we were treated to the amazing vanishing supercell. Share

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29 MAY 2011 - We stopped in Beatrice, Nebraska, enticed by the huge instability forecast for this area. We met a lot of chasers, and Meghan tried to take care of this fledgling bird. I called a wildlife rescue organization that said to leave it where it was. She gave it water, and we had to leave it. Photo by Chris Kridler, 29 MAY 2011 - A couple of nice shear funnels indicated instability. Photo (from video) by Chris Kridler, 29 MAY 2011 - We resisted going after the storms in Kansas and waited for our area to fire. When this storm went up near Lincoln, it looked promising. Photo by Chris Kridler,
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29 MAY 2011 - The storm had lightning, shear and inflow and began to develop a base. Photo by Chris Kridler, 29 MAY 2011 - Good convection was going into the tower. Photo by Chris Kridler, 29 MAY 2011 - The storm's pretty laminar appearance promised good photos as it developed. Photo by Chris Kridler,
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29 MAY 2011 - The base indicated rotation. Photo by Chris Kridler, 29 MAY 2011 - Just 20 minutes later, the capping inversion had decapitated our storm. Photo by Chris Kridler, 29 MAY 2011 - You'd never guess this was a storm a few minutes before. I've never seen a cell vanish that fast. Photo by Chris Kridler,

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