Monday, May 26, 2014

5/25/2014 Supercell west of Hobbs, NM

Thunderstorm lab day two of our CoD trip was a kidding!

Our initial target was near Fort Stockton, TX.  As we drifted to this area, a late morning severe storm became interesting west of Sanderson.  Of course, by the time we got there, the storm fizzled out and we were left scratching our heads.  The only other play that we felt had potential to materialize was southeast New Mexico.  On we went! We got to Hobbs, NM, and stopped to check out our surroundings.  We played some softball in the park on the north side to kill some time (ask the trip participants about the score of that game some time). As the storm immediately to our southwest began to fizzle, we called it quits and went to check into the hotel. As *soon* as I came out from hotel check-in to pass out room keys, it was clear that a rapidly developing storm to our west was worth going to take a look at.  This storm matured into a majestic high plains supercell, with everything a structure freak could ask for.  We stuck with this storm back to Hobbs where we choked down Applebees (the worst food and service ever) and overnighted at the Fairfield Inn.

I have a lot more time lapse from this storm via my GoPro (thanks Pops!) but I will wait to process it until we return home. You definitely want to see the shorter time lapse version below. 

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