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2011 Storm Chase 16 - July 9th - The Great Escalante Lightning Bust

Posted on the 29 May 2012 by Danncianca
It was a Saturday night after work and I somehow got the idea in my head to drive far away to catch up with some storms that had fired on the Uncompahgre Plateau.  We were in southwest flow aloft and several weak shorties had come through with more on the way. 
2011 Storm Chase 16 - July 9th - The Great Escalante Lightning Bust
I hauled out of town on US 50 all the way to the turnoff to Escalante Road, just inside Delta County.  There was a nice lightning show ongoing, but there was also a lot of rain, so I wasn't able to get out and shoot it.
2011 Storm Chase 16 - July 9th - The Great Escalante Lightning Bust
Eventually, the first storm complex waned and I started to head back to Grand Junction.  Several smaller cells popped up, so I tried to get a few of them from the western slopes of the Grand Mesa via Lands End Road, but they stopped spitting out C2Gs, so I called it a night.
Detail Map:
2011 Storm Chase 16 - July 9th - The Great Escalante Lightning Bust
STATS
Mileage: 73
2011YTD Mileage: 1759
States: Colorado
SPC Risk: Probabilistic (Wind)
Max Hail: None
Tornadoes: None
Other Phenomena:  None
Applicable Mesoscale Discussions: None
Applicable Weather Watches: None
Storm Reports for July 9th
Dann.

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