High Plains Hailer

High Plains Hailer

Awkwardly zigzagging and sparse roads compelled us to let this high-based, southward-moving supercell pass to our east, about an hour after observing a well-defined wall cloud.  Along the way, the storm dumped copious quantities of ice balls from this huge, downburst-blasting hail core, most of which we managed to avoid in person.   The almost blindingly bright core forced me to apply some strong physical filters to temper dynamic range, but it still made a great vista from a distance, as it passed across the vast High Plains rangeland and canyon country of northeastern New Mexico.   We were content to admire from afar, within a calmer zone of the storm’s refreshingly cool, clean outflow.

11 NE Roy NM (29 May 15) Looking ESE
36.0304, -104.0089

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