October 3, 2023
Local Chase

Nick Nolte / Blog, Storm Chasing / / 0 Comments / 1 like

October 3rd was a day I wasn’t planning to chase. A low in North Dakota with a trailing trough stretching into the Central Plains along with cyclogenesis near the Colorado/Kansas border would provide an opportunity for storms in a narrow corridor of mid-60°F’s dewpoints. The event looked like it would go linear quick in my vicinity with scattered chances further south along the dryline into Oklahoma and Texas.

SPC 1630z Day 1 Outlook

SPC had an enhanced risk starting in my neck of the woods near Grand Island stretching down to Dodge City. I figured if I was going to play today I would just see what happens close to home. A rather robust cell started to take shape near Lexington at 21z so I took off from work and headed northwest along highway 2 for an intercept. Things got more interesting than I expected when a tornado warning was issued for the cell as it approached Pleasanton.

Hastings radar at 2130z with location marked

I eventually got on the storm northwest of Dannebrog and it had a nice wall cloud on it.

I tracked the storm as it progressed from Farwell to Saint Paul and while I didn’t see any tornadoes it did have a couple good tries at it as wall clouds would have pretty decent rotation in them.

While no tornadoes, it ended up being a nice chase after work without venturing too far from home. Can’t beat that.

Chase Recap

Grand Island, NE @ 03/2136ZGrand Island, NE @ 04/0011Z02 hours, 35 minutes


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