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Severe storms provide a bit of excitement, amazing views just east of Thornton

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 12:38pm MDT
The bottom of a growing supercell thunderstorm near Denver International Airport. (ThorntonWeather.com)

The bottom of a growing supercell thunderstorm near Denver International Airport. (ThorntonWeather.com) View a slideshow of other images from the day below.

Yesterday’s forecast warned of the chance for severe storms and while Thornton escaped with just a few light rain showers, further to the east it was much more exciting.  As storms rolled off the foothills ThorntonWeather.com followed them east of DIA.

Many of the storms that formed yesterday were cut-off by mid-level winds that kept them from reaching their full potential.  One storm cell however reached full maturation eventually towering to an altitude of more than 25,000 feet.

The storm grew as it entered south-central Adams County south of Denver International Airport.  As it moved to the east side it exploded in height and soon had a classic anvil with an overshooting top.

While the storm was high-based and did not generate a tornado, it did eventually drop large hail in north-central Adams and southern Morgan counties.

Being the only real action in the area the storm drew a great deal of attention from area storm chasers, including ThorntonWeather.com.  At least a couple dozen chasers surrounded and followed the storm.  Below are some of the photos we took.

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