This year has been a very frustrating year not only for chasers in the US but also up in Canada. It has been an extremely slow year and a very tough forecasting year with very difficult setups. Things finally looked up for a couple of days of solid chasing on the Canadian prairies so we decided to make the most of it and head out for what we hoped would be a great chase pretty much in our backyard. We weren’t disappointed. We intercepted a great storm just east of Consul, Saskatchewan. While we had to wait until it was almost dark for the LCL levels to come down and get the storms surface based, it quickly ramped up and dropped some massive hail, with reports of up to baseball sized.
The highlight of the chase was when the strong rotation of the storm produced one of my favourite structures, a “mothership” supercell. The storms than really started going, unfortunately after dark, and put on an amazing lightning display that lasted well into the night. The storm followed us pretty much all the way back home with almost constant lightning and made for a really enjoyable chase.