May 25: Day 4: Southern Missouri
Today we made a last-minute decision to observe storms the surprise supercell setup in southern Missouri. We left Joplin at noon and headed east to the bootheel region of the state, watching storms develop as we approached our target. We observed several very photogenic supercells between Poplar Bluff and Sikeston, albiet high-based. We witnessed several wall clouds, RFD notches and possible brief funnels, but no tornadoes - although several of our storms were tornado-warned through most of their observed lives. Matt has some awesome Canon 5D structure shots from these storms. We ended the expedition along I-55 south of Miner, where we were treated to an amazing light show. Everyone caught nice lightning shots on their respective cameras. I filled a 60-minute tape with great lightning. Here are some shots:
We are likely going to bypass Friday's setup in western Kansas in order to make the long drive to a probable North Dakotan expedition on Saturday.
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