The first day of my trip this weekend was a rainy/wet and grey one. I’m still surprised at how thick and widespread clouds ended up being all day on Saturday once storms got going.
This setup wasn’t particularly robust — weak wind shear was present with moderate instability over the northern parts of New Mexico. Dewpoints were on the low side for robust convection though — which indicated that downdrafts would be particularly cool.
My wife and I closed in on our weekend campsite in Cimarron Canyon State Park west of Ute Park, NM. This is where I shot my first views of storms.
We spent some time dealing with some small hail and heavy rain and then proceeded to set up camp which kept me from photographing for some time. Eventually I checked out radar and decided to take a peak at incoming very weak convection to my west which would be passing very near/over Wheeler Peak (the tallest peak in New Mexico).
Despite the thick clouds, I decided to also try to photograph the sunset in the canyon, hoping for some color to appear in the skies above.