So… Frankfurt Airport, right ? – Right !
– “Ja” ! There would be a lack of energy to create instability… LAST REVISIONS AT THE AIRPORT … because the parcel would be a bit cooler than its environnement. That’s it ! We’re ready ! FIRST SHOWER OVER GERMANY AMERICAN OLD WEST GREENLAND As you can see, it’s shaking a bit ! Do you think we’re going to make it? It’s really shaking ! Film ! Film ! We hold you back ! Well… weather in Chicago isn’t great It stopped raining but we arrived in the rain Kinda sad… Are the comments interesting? Yes, very ! I’m improving my English at the same time! And we’re far away! We’ve just landed but we’re going to drive for two days now. We’re really happy because we got a very nice car! I’m looking forward to the dirt roads. Summer in Chicago… quite nice, isn’t it? Yeah, very nice ! But it was better in France ! Plans for tonight : An eight hour drive to western Kansas We hope a few high-based storms and maybe supercells. With the help of the Rocky Mountains we hope it will force convection and then storms would slide over the Plains It would start spinning and give some lightning for our friend Chris! Let’s go then! First chase… first storm! What if the sun went down under these bases? It will, for sure ! Fire resulting from the lightning bolt we saw earlier Rainbow behind you, guys! You know lightning is this way, right? I feel like the lightning amount is increasing now It’s gorgeous on the left! Let’s drive a few more yards to get out of the rain but I’m not sure we’ll be able to. We might arrive on a private property… It’s OK! That was our first american storm and it was already beautiful even though it wasn’t really violent Sceneries were amazing with a nice structure enlightened by intra-cloud discharges. We are in Colby, north-western Kansas Today: flip-flops! 90°F! So we leave deep Kansas to get to the center of Oklahoma. A 6 to 8 hours drive, but we’re not bothered The team is in a good mood We are rather optimistic because of the great evening we’ve just had, when we saw our first storms. Things start well Convection sets up We can see that other storm chasers are on the field Everybody is very motivated The first Cumulus Congestus grows very quickly This is great, we’re ideally located But just after a few minutes… We reckon everything falls apart Cirus fill in the sky and no more convection We thought it might be a break and it would set up again later. Nice windy atmosphere. We enjoy the blue sky… Hours go by and nothing happens. so we get more and more pessimistic We now understand it’s gonna be our first “bust day” as one says here. which means that despite the good forecasts and potential things don’t mix up and finally nothing happens. We felt really confident with the beginning of the convection and then nothing at all in the whole area. A bit disappointing obviously but the next days sound very interesting so we just get back to the hotel and that’s it ! NEXT EPISODE