I had a spur of the moment chase yesterday in the panhandle of Nebraska and points east. My goal was to try to get some good squall line outflow shots; unfortunately, I never came across the "gaping maw of doom" arcus clouds that I was looking for (at least they never showed up in the line segments that I was chasing), but it was a fun chase nonetheless. I got to play in the hail a bit (lots of pea sized hail with these squalls -- it covered the road on multiple occasions), got to weave in and out of the precipitation areas of the squalls, and got to dodge tumbleweeds. Actually, on that note -- wow. A good 35mph wind from the south on the flatlands of western Nebraska is quite a sight to see. It's like driving through sideways tumbleweed-rain. There was one exciting point in the chase when I had hopes that I might get one of those streched-vorticity landspouts you see sometimes on squall lines. It happened as I crossed the boundary between the inflow (the air being sucked into the storm) and the outflow (the cool air being blown out of a storm) while under the roiling outflow clouds -- it went from a sustained ~40mph outflow wind from the north to a sustained ~40mph wind from the south (still cold, though) in about half a kilometer. I wish I had a vidcam running; it looked amazing l coming over the crest of the hill and seeing a train of tumbleweeds crossing from north to south in the foreground with a dust storm blowing from south to north only a half mile to the east. And it was fun having the car suddenly jerk to the left as I exited the outflow. The real meat of the storm season is nearly upon us; between Vortex 2 and my own chasing, I'm really hoping that this is a good year for storm photography.