Western Nebraska Shelf Cloud - June 16, 2011 by Benjamin Tillotson
Friday, June 17, 2011, 3:14pm
Yesterday was another epic high plains upslope event in eastern Wyoming. We started north of Burns, WY on Hwy 85 near La Grange.
Storms were firing north of Cheyenne. We waited near La Grange for the severe storm further to the west.
The western storm quickly became linear and a shelf cloud began taking shape. Eastern WY and CO are probably my favorite chase areas as far as terrain - very open/no trees.
The the shelf really became awesome at this point.
The drier air in these parts helps to see the detail in the clouds.
This is a seven image stitch to make this panoramic. Location is still southwest of La Grange.
I took the road east from 85 through La Grange as outflow from the storm really kicked in.
As you will see on video the amount of dust was quite impressive.
It seemed as though the top inch of this road surface was getting torn off by the outflow. Video shows that really well at this point.
Further east on the Nebraska side just moments before getting swallowed by a thick dust cloud. There were several moments where I couldn't see the road ahead. I don't even want to know what my air filter looks like now.
Dust Bowl II
Just south of Scotts Bluff.
Courthouse and Jail Rocks.
We repositioned to near Arthur, NE where I took some timelapse.
Awesome sandhills scenery.
We called it a day near Tryon and headed south to North Platte to get something to eat.
Sun, Jul 17, 2011, 12:51am Ryan
Wow you must have been pretty confident at 4:45ish that the road was straight.