Again, didn’t see much, but had some after work fun!
What a long day at work… Wanting to chase and having to do all my normal duties. I did manage to look over the forecast models and do some chase forecasting through out the day. A cold front was forecast to enter the state from the west. 2 areas looked good to me, one being SW IA and the other being NW IA. The SPC made the choice easy, as they issued a SVR watch for NW Iowa about 3 pm.
I managed to scoot out of work about 4:30pm and made my way NW, targeting a Carroll to Fort Dodge line. Storms were already in motion in the Missouri River Valley and trucking east. Tornado potential wasn’t in place today, but I knew that going in.
Heading west on Hwy 175, I decided to pull over about 5-6 miles directly south of Rockwell City. As soon as I came to a stop and rolled down my window, I knew it was going to be a short chase. Much cooler air welcomed me to the area. A beautiful shelf cloud approached, with rolling motion I hadn’t seen before. It was spectacular. I waited for the shelf cloud to over take me and decided to turn around and head back to the SE. Not wanting to core punch, I decided to avoid the hail core which followed me SE. Numerous areas of dust were kicked up in the farm fields. I don’t think they were gustnado’s, as it didn’t appear to be any circulation and they didn’t last for more than a few seconds.
It again wasn’t much, but at least I got treated to one of the best shelf clouds since I started chasing.