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May 18 & 19, 2000: Sunset Mammatus & Incredible Rainbow

Non-Tornadic Chase Through Northern Texas (Dave Lewison and Chris Kridler)

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We were disheartened about the near miss in Nebraska, to say the least. We decided to head back to home base in Norman. There was still a slight risk, but it looked to be a squall line event. However, we thought we'd keep an eye out along the way. We headed south out of Hastings, and made our way south to Salina and then Wichita. In Wichita, we got some data and saw a squall line beginning to form in the southeastern parts of OK. We decided to give it a shot anyway for the possibility of lightning.



may18mamm1sm.JPG (8534 bytes)video.jpg (3939 bytes) Well, just north of McAlester we saw the back edge of the squall line that was over northern Texas. It had a beautiful mammatus field.
may18mamm3sm.JPG (5271 bytes)video.jpg (3939 bytes) may18mamm4sm.JPG (6513 bytes)video.jpg (3939 bytes) The setting sun illuminated the mammatus a golden orange, followed by an eerie purple and pink. Very nice!
may19rbow5sm.jpg (6858 bytes)35mm.jpg (3927 bytes) may19rbow6sm.jpg (8946 bytes)35mm.jpg (3927 bytes) The next day, we headed west of Dallas towards Abilene. Along the way we saw a couple of storms and decided to go after one near Brownwood...again for the possibility of lightning.

What we got instead was the most incredible rainbow either of us had ever seen! It was a nice example of a double rainbow...the outer one going from purple to red and the inner one going from red to purple.

I burned through an entire roll of film shooting this rainbow!

may19rbow1sm.JPG (6988 bytes)video.jpg (3939 bytes) may19rbow4sm.jpg (7728 bytes)35mm.jpg (3927 bytes) I used my video camera too...what colors!

This last one is my favorite. I enlarged it to 11 x 14. The print looks FAR better than this image because my flatbed scanner isn't the greatest.


An unexpected treat today. Even though there were no organized storms, we got a real treat of what the atmosphere can offer!


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