June 1, 2006 - Storms at Sunset near Raton, New Mexico

by Sam Barricklow


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This day begain in Limon, Colorado. Storms were anticipated to develop over the high terrain of the Palmer Divide, east of Castle Rock, Colorado, then move south along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, perhaps extending eastward into the High Plains of eastern Colorado.

Most of the storms that developed, did so west of Interstate 25, in the mountains. The most intense storms developed near Raton, NM and Trinidad, Colorado. Al Moller and I ended up on Johnson's Mesa, east of Raton, at sunset.

The day was not productive from a severe weather perspective, but it did produce some interesting photographic opportunities.


 

An old wagon wheel next to a cattle guard, at the entrance to a ranch.
Sunset color looking west at the storms over the mountains west of Raton, New Mexico.
Another photo looking at the storms north of Raton, near Trinidad, Colorado. This photo was shot with a 300 mm telephoto. While the upper level winds from 850 mb through 500 mb were relatively weak, the winds at 250 mb and above were fairly strong, resulting in the thunderstorm anvils being swept downwind.

 


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