June 5, 2022
Holdredge, Nebraska

Nick Nolte / Blog, Storm Chasing / / 0 Comments / Like this
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An overnight MCS across Oklahoma and it’s associated outflow combined with a frontal zone setup a potent environment across Western Nebraska and storms were expected to fire along the front later in the afternoon. It looked like a MCS type event again so I hadn’t planned on chasing, but initiation held off until later in the day so I was able to just head out late to check it out.

1630z Day 1 tornado outlook

SPC had a 5% tornado outlook along the front and remnant outflow zone and they issued a mesoscale discussion around 20z indicating that storms were attempting to initiate along the front in Western Nebraska.

Visible satellite at 22z with location marked

At 22z a cell was ongoing near Kearney and additional development was occurring back along the front. At 0z I decided to head down I-80 and check things out. My initial plan was to just intercept the Kearney cell a little bit down the road but it fell apart before I even left Grand Island so I decided to just blast west and hit the cells along the front.

Hastings radar at 0034z with location marked

As I was heading west to catch the east moving storms I opted to travel on US 30 instead of I-80 in case I needed to reverse course or reposition. Sometimes having several miles between exits causes issues! The cell north of Lexington continued to strengthen so that was the one I was targetting. I eventually caught up to the storm near Overton and got visual on a cool bell shaped updraft.

I sat and watched this cell for a few minutes before bailing back east and repositioning to the south along US 183 between Elm Creek and Holdredge.

Hastings radar at 0139z with location marked

I did end up following this cell for a little bit but after the sunset the storm began to dissipate and eventually completely died.

Chase Recap

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Grand Island, NE @ 06/0004ZGrand Island, NE @ 06/0315Z03 hours, 11 minutes

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