Hold the phones, let’s break the news, I finally saw a storm in 2020 on purpose!
While I doubted myself the whole way because moisture was just so bad, I still made the trek on Sunday to NE New Mexico for some proper social isolation and storm photography.
Initially the sky was quite murky and my doubts came racing back. With storms, sometimes you question/wonder why you just drove three hours on such a marginal looking day and that was me at this moment.
Finally after an hour of sitting and watching a murky mess with an occasional lightning strike take shape over the mountains, a storm began to move off of the higher terrain and towards me.
Indeed, I was finally in business!
I readjusted to Springer and then south towards Wagon Mound to keep pace with the strengthening storm in the evening. The outflow winds were extremely cold due to the low dewpoints, which made me happy I had dressed for this!
Also the winds kicked up quite a bit of dust on the outflows front edge.
With the storm approaching Wagon Mound and sunset approaching quickly, I made a strategic decision to let the storm overtake me so I could sample the hail core (if there was any) and then shoot the backside of the storm as it moved off into the night.
Unfortunately for me, the core was pretty mild with only very small hail sampled.
Worse, the storm itself didn’t have a clear view on its backside, so I moved south to try to salvage the day as the cold front generated by the storm kept pace with me. Still, I managed one final scene at sunset.
All in all, not a bad first storm photography day of 2020. Tactically everything was on point and I learned quite a bit on some shooting strategy with multiple cameras. So a successful first day for sure!