Colorado Storms 6/25/14

landspoutWednesday was a travel/chase day as I started the morning in New Mexico and made it into northeastern Colorado by mid-afternoon.

While some storms were firing to my east, I caught something in the distance that was very interesting. There were some weak, intermittent landspouts forming about six miles east of Keenesburg, CO. As I got closer, there was only some dust spinning in a field, so I kept traveling northeast.

Around Sterling, CO, I ran into a severe hailstorm with hail that was at least the size of ping pong balls (1.5 inches in diameter). I stopped and it’s possible that on the north side of town the hail was even larger, but I didn’t want to risk damaging my car.
hail

For anyone who is interested, here’s a look at radar around the time of the landspouts. They appeared to form along some sort of outflow boundary and there was no precipitation associated with them:
COradar

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Quincy

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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