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2003 Storm chases

May 23 Colorado Springs CO. May 24 Pampa, TX. May 26 East of Colorado Springs CO.

May 23 Colorado Springs Supercell

In upslope flow on the Eastern Rockies a storm formed over Colorado Springs and moved southeast. One inch diameter hail was reported in Colorado springs. The storm had a few wall clouds and even produced a wall cloud with a tail cloud before gusting out. 50 miles to the southeast the outflow produced a severe mesoscale complex.

Supercell near Colorado SpringsSupercell with wall cloud
The storm went on to produce several wall clouds.
Wall cloud underneath updraftWall cloud underneath updraft
The storm produced a tail cloud before it gusted out
Wall cloud with tail cloud underneath updraftStorm gusts out


May 24 Pampa, TX. May 26 East of Colorado Springs CO.

May 24 Pampa TX. Supercell

In extreme instability with minimal wind shear a Westward moving supercell formed south of Pampa. Severe reports of 2" hail were made by other chasers. The storm reportedly produced a brief tornado before making a sharp left turn and began moving south.

Composite picture of storm
May 23 Colorado Springs CO. May 26 East of Colorado Springs CO.

May 26 Supercell east of Colorado Springs

On a day when no severe risk was issued a severe storm formed over colorado springs and produced near quarter size hail near the city. As the storm moved off to the East it split then took on LP supercell characteristics.

Supercell near Colorado SpringsSupercell with wall cloud
The storm went on to produce several wall clouds.
The storm produced quarter size hailThe storm split
The storm produced a tail cloud before it gusted out
Storm takes on an LP appearance
May 23 near Colorado Springs CO. May 24 Pampa, TX. May 26 East of Colorado Springs CO.

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