Chase season has begun, and a bit early at that, thanks to a Spring that seems to have roared in a good five weeks before she was due. My first chase of the year was on April 12, 2012 in Kansas. I started out by driving down to Dodge City, before adjusting north as the weather observations rolled in later in the day. I spent a good deal of the afternoon chilling out at an automated gas station in Brewster, Kansas. Quite a few other chasers had the same idea; just sit there and watch storms try to get going as they rolled to the north-northeast.
Sadly, we sat and sat and sat, and not much happened. Eventually, most chasers either picked a random storm or gave up and dropped south into Oklahoma, as the better storm setup the next day was down there.
A closeup of the updraft base -- I love how smooth the rotation makes the updraft look.