I returned to the field on Friday leading our last thunderstorm laboratory group from College of DuPage (Trip 5). We have a great group of people, and were spoiled on our first day with a great storm (despite the marginal atmospheric ingredients). After departing from the college around 6:30 AM, we pitted in Des Moines for JJ, and continued westbound toward our target of North Platte, NE. Severe convection emerged from this development, and we were able to latch onto a nicely structured, slow moving storm just east of Stockville, NE. We stuck with this storm until our body batteries were depleted, and headed for food/hotel. A true needle-in-a-haystack chase!
MISC: Now chasing with COD Trip 5. Observed an EF4 rainbow just south of Lexington. Dinner at Kirk's Nebraskaland (Lexington). Overnighted in Grand Island, NE.