TARGET: LIMON, CO
Last chase day and we didn't have to move too far from our overnight location. SPC hasd an enhanced risk over portions of Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and southern Wyoming. We decided on Limon, CO as our target as it wouldn't leave us far to go to get our flights the next day. The HRRR model had initiation breaking out around 3pm so we had time to do some shopping in the morning before heading to our target. We did our shopping which allowed us approximately 2hrs travel time to get to Limon. We exited the Mall to see the sky to the SE absolutely erupting in updrafts. We had perhaps stayed 30mins too long, so we began the journey in haste. The closer we got to the main cell of interest the more majestic it became. It was an LP type structure with a twisting, barber pole updraft churning away. We found a spot to observe and watched the structure cycle for about 45mins. Looking at video later the rotation was very obvious so will make for an interesting timelapse. Some small high based funnels persisted for some time which might have hinted at what was to follow later. The storm started to weaken so we went for the next base down the line which was looking interesting. We found another vantage point and watched yet another LP structure doing its thing. Another new base was forming so we let the cell we were just watching go and made tracks for the new base. This is where things really began to get interesting, all day cells had been splitting and this was no exception. The split originally had the dominant part moving NE however it begun a turn to the SE and rapidly intensified. A nasty looking rain free base had formed and there was alot of motion in the base area. A whiter patch in the RFB began to lower and was beginning to rotate! I trained the video on it and waited for what hopefully would produce a tornado. A few small funnels teased before a slender cone began to emerge from the wall cloud area. It was a spectacular sight!!! A beautifully lit white cone tornado eemerged and began to descend to the earth. Finally touchdown!! We were stoked, we had been on this cell while it had cycled then produced an epic display of mother natures power! But it was far from over, while the tornado retreated off the ground for a brief few minutes, the wall cloud was still rapidly rotating and would soon make another touchdown. We were beside ourselves in excitement, as once again we were less than a mile from a tornado. We had to move as we were beginning to get pelted by rain from the rear flank downdraft. We made our way to another vantage point to see another large white cone tornado underway. This was closer again, and we were in the outer circulation of the wall cloud. I jumped out of the car to get a better view and I could hear the roar of the beast!! This has been a major goal of mine and I couldn't believe I was standing about 1/2 a mile from a tornado hearing it plow across the countryside!. Unfortunately because we were on the SW side of the wall cloud the tornado would quickly become rain wrapped however we could still make out the outline of it. It was too risky to try and get around the other side as the core was spitting out tennis ball sized hail! We moved just out of the danger zone however a few golf balls were observed, which fortunately missed our vehicle. We had to move to get to better position to view the cell. En route the cell managed to put down yet another tornado, we were at 5 separate touchdowns!! This was becoming an unforgettable experience! The tornado retreated again so we had time to get back around in front to see if the cyclic supercell could produce another tornado before it ran out of steam. We were positioning ourselves intently watching a suspicious wall cloud, and completely missed another tornado underway to our south! We pulled up and took as many photos as possible before it dissapated. Tornado count was now at 6!! This day was really exceeding expectations, never did we think we would witness what was underway but here it was in all its glory! The cyclic suprcell had now ran out of puff and was now collapsing on itself, but not before it put on a ridiculous beaver tail display the likes of which I've never seen before! Some new action to our west grabbed our attention, another barber pole LP structure was putting on a display. How was this was possibe the atmosphere had to be tapped of energy? Sure enough it started to evaporate but not before I got to timelapse it in it's dying phase in the sunset. It was a surreal scene with the sun setting on a decaying cell with spectacular colours lighting the scene! After a few more sunset shots we called it a day well and truly stunned and stoked at what we had been privileged to witness! We had witnessed multiple tornadoes, 7 after video review, which couldn't have been a better way to end the trip.