Morning of August 1st I woke up in a fog. Literally! A foggy truck stop in Nebraska City, Nebraska. If I could play guitar I’d write a song called Truck Stop Fog to describe my mood that morning…
Soon I was on the road again but an hour into the ride my vehicle made a horrible shudder when the front driveshaft broke a CV joint. From the side of the road I posted my plight on Facebook and the community immediately responded with advice regarding area auto repair shops. Some people offered accommodations while others even stopped to help me out! For this assistance I was truly grateful. I then proceeded to creep along the shoulder of I-80 at 5-10 mph. For an hour I hobbled at this agonizing pace until finally arriving at a Ford dealership in York, Nebraska.
The mechanic put my truck on the lift. This is the sound of a bad CV joint.
Ousting the front driveshaft meant my 4WD Explorer was rendered 2WD but I was on the road again in pursuit of storms!
West of Mullen, 7:26pm. Deep in the Sand Hills of Nebraska, a largely uninhabited region with no radio stations, telephone or internet data. Worst of all, few roads! The area is untamed yet beautiful. Look at the wildflowers! The supercell above is marked by an updraft base on the right and a bright luminous hail / precipitation downdraft on the left. Very large hail was confirmed in that core.
Next day- The Great Northern Plains Biker Migration was in full swing. (Sturgis)
I‘m in Kansas now waiting a couple hours for storms to fire on an outflow boundary. To pass time I entertain myself making images of signage I see around a truck stop.
CG Barrage (cloud to ground lightning) 9:23 pm southwest of McPherson, Kansas. I’ve been in a few of these but this was the most terrifying. I was located at a critical time and place beneath a rapidly developing updraft resulting in a 360 degree onslaught of cloud to ground lightning- the kind of bolts that break into beads as they dissipate. A particularly close one shut my computer off! No damage, just turned it off. It straddled me, striking the ground on both sides of my truck. That was a little disturbing.
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