Ohhhhhh Colorado! Like for real this state has been the bane of my chase existence since I started.
Colorado chases meant one thing: bust.
Not just any bust, but the silliest and weirdest ways to bust. From no roads to get to the storm to a great looking day turning into aggressive rain showers in a hurry, Colorado has always been an ideal that never lived up to my expectations.
So you can imagine when I moved to the High Plains how nervous I was about the fact that Colorado was literally right next door and the promising beautiful tornadoes of the high plains were going to call me north. On May 22, 2021, I was indeed called north for what looked like a solid-ish day of chasing.
There were two targets, one on a boundary where storms were likely to get messy in a hurry but the odds of a quick tornado were high and then there was the riskier but possibly more rewarding target south — where storms would be more isolated in an environment favorable for storm rotation and tornado formation.
Being that I already had a curse over my head I of course opted to skip the near guarantee for the riskier target south. What could go wrong? Well, as it turns out, not much on this day.
0:31-1:27 Morning Forecast and Adjustments
1:28-1:59 Northern Storm Produces
2:00-2:50 The South Target Fires
2:51-5:06 Beautiful Cone Tornado
5:07-6:31 Tornadoes in Rapid Succession
6:32-7:21 Beautiful White Stovepipe
7:22-9:20 Day Over Celebration