There isn’t much time to blog or organize photographs when you’re driving late into the night dodging storms in the Plains states. So only in the past few days of dry, calm weather here in Southwest Virginia (expected to continue through the weekend) have I had much of a chance to look back at the two 2012 Virginia Tech storm chase trips. We were out 16 days — 7 on the first trip (May 15-21), 9 on the second trip (May 28-June 5) – and had 8 storm days — 2 on the first trip, 6 on the second. While a few days fell short of expectations and felt a little like “busts,” we did not fail to observe a severe storm on any day we chased. By far, our May 29 chase in Oklahoma was the most intense, as we followed 2 supercells starting at initiation, saw numerous wall clouds and other cloud structures signifying rotation, and spotted a tornado after dark. Late-afternoon/early evening storms became the signature feature of these trips, with six of the eight chase days featuring storms right at sunset and/or after dark. On both May 19 in Beatrice, Neb., and June 4 in Sikeston, Mo., (the famous Lambert’s Cafe, home of the ”throwed rolls”) our dinner stops had to be hurried as new storms fired close by. Lightning was often so intense with the supercells –particularly on May 29 in Oklahoma, June 2 in the Oklahoma Panhandle and June 4 in southeast Missouri – that we could see almost as much cloud structure at night as we would have in the daytime. The photo gallery below captures many of our best storm intercepts — plus tourist stops at Monument Rocks in Kansas and Palo Duro Canyon in Texas. (You can click on “Show info” on each photo for photographer and caption information.) Virginia Tech and Southwest Virginia can be proud of how these young people represented you, and Middle America can be proud of the generosity and appreciation with which we were received.