Exploring New Areas to Chase


Computer model forecast radar for 5 p.m. Mountain Time Wednesday.

Today starts what should be a long stretch of several storm chasing opportunities. Today will bring me to a new area that I have not visited yet, the High Plains across eastern Colorado.

My target area is most specifically northeastern Colorado, but that may change depending on how the weather forecast evolves today. I could go as far north as southeastern Wyoming and it’s likely that I will shift east into the evening, returning to Nebraska. I have done the bulk of my successful chasing this year in Nebraska and it is probably my favorite state that I have visited this year.

Large hail would appear to be the greatest severe threat today. Some damaging winds are possible with a few of the storms and I could see an isolated tornado or two develop somewhere in the general vicinity of the Wyoming/Colorado/Nebraska tri-state area. Scattered thunderstorms are likely, but I will be looking for any discrete (supercellular) thunderstorms that may go severe.

I will probably be in the same general area on Thursday, but slowly moving east. Severe threats, as discussed earlier, may become more significant by Friday and into the weekend.

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Quincy is a meteorologist and storm chaser who travels around the country documenting and researching severe weather. He has on-air experience with stations such as WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT and WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. He was most recently a digital meteorologist for weather.com. After achieving his B.S. degree in Meteorology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in 2009, he returned as a University Assistant to help produce weather broadcasts. He also gave guest lectures and worked on website design. He has over nine years of professional weather forecasting experience and his forecasts have been featured in newspapers and on radio stations in multiple states.

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