High Plains Getaway


Thunderstorms towering just over the border in Kansas, as viewed from far eastern Colorado.

I’ve been spending a few days in the central High Plains before I eventually move northeast for more storm chasing opportunities. Today was a relatively low-end day in terms of severe threats, but even some of the least impressive days in the High Plains can still be very picturesque.

I drifted west in Colorado and although some convection developed, most of the thunderstorms did not reach severe limits. I meandered across eastern Colorado before some thunderstorms started getting their act together in far western Kansas. Although there were a few severe reports from these thunderstorms, nothing terribly significant was observed.

I took the early evening hours to drive around the small town of Minneola, KS, where I was staying for a few nights. I was able to capture some classic Kansas scenes, including one below of a sunflower against the setting sun:

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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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