6/9/06 REPORTS: WY

All I can say is - what a day! We intercepted the first two interesting storms in northern Wyoming near Gillette. We let the first storm go once we saw the impressive structure of the second storm. But this became embedded within the rain. Lightning at most times was very frequent.

We headed east and once again intercepted this storm SW of Upton Wyoming. Not only was it HP in structure, it also had inflow. However, despite its impressive structure as it approached, it rapidly transformed into a tornadic producing structure with strong inflow. In fact, a curved band of very large cumulus developed within the strong inflow environment extended out to the northeast. Rotation exhibited by this storm was quite significant during this phase of strong inflow.

We decided to remain with the storm to head back to town. Lightning from the vault was quite frequent and typical of active HP supercells. Finally we decided to enter the storm carefully via the inflow notch given the lack of road choices and good escape routes. What we saw within the mesocyclone and hook circulation were rapidily spinning vorticies - some forming into funnels - we observed and filmed at least 2 significant funnels. Things were changing very fast and then the RFD with hail pelted our view as the storm ventured east - no roads. The storm though at this point was in a weakening phase and the tornado warning was allowed to expire.

Apologies for the many photographs that were repeated here but I am trying to get some response on what others think. I have not viewed the video as yet PAL/NTSC issues and I have no time to edit on my computer

SW of Gillette
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SW of Upton
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Good structure kicks in rapidly!

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within the core - south of Upton - a few miles on major road to Newcastle:

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Regards,

Jimmy Deguara
 
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