06/12/05 REPORTS: TX

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Dec 18, 2003
Lubbock, TX
Kent County, Texas...... WOW WOW WOW

Un-freakin-believable storm. If I don't get to chase another storm this year I will be content.

Saw dozens of chasers. The DOW teams were out, the Texas Tech mesonet teams were out. EVERYONE was out there!

I lost count along the lines somewhere, lots of stuff happening fast, but I saw somewhere between 6 and 8 tornadoes of all shapes and types from nice elephant trunk, to big cones, to a wedge! Some at close range. I will post some video later, but for now....some pics to feast on.







Brings me up to 16-18 for the year, STILL all 70 miles from home!!
Nice pics and nice meeting you David, I was not so fortunate. I was a minute late all day. I did meet up with Michael Mezeul and friends and we chased until dark. It was still a great chase eventhough I did not get a tornado. I did see some of the best structure of my life after core punching and coming out in the bear cage with an incredible meso to my SW. Saw many very nice funnels, one lasted almost ten minutes and was a large cone that just danced around. We chased a cell all the way to Abilene before it finally gave up but not before a great lightning show and some incredible contrast. I will post pics and stuff when i get home tomorrow. Hope everyone else enjoyed the chase.
Great pics David! You were right there. Peggy and I had a great day also. What a day. What an incredible supercell! I think that sums it up pretty well. We have been waiting for this day. Great tornado touchdowns out in the Texas fields. Gorgeous structure also. Here are a few pics from our day.







Looking forward to other reports!
Mel and Peggy
What a day. Eric, ScottB, JasonP, and I observed 6 to 8 tornadoes, including elephant trunks, cones, ropes, and a large red-dust ingesting wedge in the Garza and Kent County regions tonight between 2330z and 0245z. It was one hell of a chase and an incredible way to end the best week of chasing in my life. I'll try to have a few stills and video grabs on my blog within a handful of days, but my chase vacation is over and I'll likely take my time doing so. Tonight I'm going to sleep eight full hours!

A few interesting notes about tonight's storm: it seemed to ingest convection to the south quite easily, then translated rotation southwest into the new southern flank rapidly. Also we observed, like yesterday, that tornadoes frequently occured well after mesocyclonic occlusion, when the rotation would quickly tighten and decend, but well after the wrap around precip and even hail swung around fully.

I finished my chase vacation with five tornado-day chases in a row, going all the way back to Arthur County, Nebraska, then South Dakota, Trego County, Kansas, and the last two tornado days in the great great Texas panhandle. I could not have asked for a more spectacular introduction to mid June chasing, a time period I'm normally forced to skip. Never again.

I'm finished chasing this season. I have to get back to Indiana and
prepare to move. Full chase reports for the 2005 season should be updated on my page by December, and sometime in March I hope to release the sequel to Seven Years On Cyclone Road.

I want to say thanks again to my great pals who helped make 2005 the best chase year of my life bar none. I'll see you guys under the next meso.

Jon Van de Grift and I saw at least one tornado (the talked about 10 minute rope out) and possibly another early on in what became one of the longest one-day marathons I have ever chased. In a day which started at 7am CDT in Denver, we actually made the storms in time to catch at least one tornado! Most everyone who saw and or passed me was amazed to see me at these storms. In what would normally be a disappointing day seeing as most everyone scored so well, I am happy to call this one of my funnest chases to date. Jon and I chased about as naked as it could get; no Baron, no Wifi, no GPS, no WX Radio... a quick radar check on Hwy 287 and a few barely in service cell phone calls to Verne Carlson, our nowcaster, and we basically went by eyes to intercept the three storms today. We missed the best of the action, but made it for one, which at 750 miles at the time, was unreal to have made that trip. We finished the night in Abilene where we ate a quick dinner with Blake Naftel and others before Jon and I went to say goodbye to Amos down the street. We're now in Snyder where we've bunked up at my Dad's place where we'll finish the trip heading to Denver on a rather long trip home tomorrow. We pulled into my Dad's place at 906 miles for the day, which makes for my quickest single chase mileage (906 in 18 hours); the trip will end with over 1,500, placing it into the top 5 longest chases. What a fun day! No disappointment at all; I had a great time today. It was almost stressless with no gadgets to keep tabs of and the get-there-when-we-get-there attitude which passed the time very well. Next thing I knew, we were south of Aspermont on Hwy 83 watching a tornado waaay to our west. Not sure if the video will aid this as we set up shop as the tornado was lifting and the cells were merging. Such a great time, I cannot tell ya! And best of all, we freakin' made it from Denver!!! That's the gold of this trip! Good night all! I'll post my report later this week with pictures!
Wow, David, you seem to just luck out everytime.
I did not realize that was you driving the channel 11 van though I knew you were affiliated w/ channel 11. That last cell you were on just northwest of Abilene when you were pulled over to the side of the road while Scott, Chris, and Mike looked at your pics there, that was me w/ the cowboy hat and the white NWS outfit. I had no clue that was you, I feel so bad now.

Anyways I did not have the luck everyone else did. We did see the brief SPINUP possible tornado in NW Dickons Co. early on and then another spinup east of Dickons on that major east-west road that runs through. It crossed the road from south to north w/ cone shaped funnel and big dust cloud underneath. We stayed on that for a while before we took a gamble and hauled ass south to the two large cells that were merging. Unfortunately we decided to come on it from the NW instead going east to Guthrie then south. As a result of this we missed a large tornado that was reported w/ this cell. So, so goes the 2005 chase season, another disappointment. This is the end of my chase season. I am disappointed for not having seen a tornado this year but now that I live in Ft. Worth and go to school in Norman I know that I am always in a target area 24/7.

Would like to add that I saw a number of chasers out today. Initially followed the Texas Tech chase team from Childress into Matador before things fired. It was in Matador that we ran into the DOWS and tornado attack tank that always follows. Also saw Kiel Ortega and his posse on the east Dickens spinup.

Well thats it for now will post pics once I get them developed (yeah im cheap but I got me the expensive cameras but still learnin on those)
Missed it all. No NOAA coverage, no spotter chatter, no definable structure further than 5 miles away (from our approach), and lost touch with our nowcaster at the most crucial point in the day. I'm sick, I'm tired, and I'm pissed.

There's nothing wrong with the 2005 season - it's just fine. The problem is me, I just suck.
Well... I thought the day was decent till I saw (in here) what the S. storm produced. Early on we were prepared to ditch the N storm and beeline to Kent Cty to reach the much more visually impressive storm on radar. As we are leaving the N storm (near Dickens), it manages to produce a brief tornado off in the distance. Of course, this manages to suck us in (didn't have an animation but decided perhaps there was just enough seperation, both could be game) and thus cause us to miss the S. storm show. What pisses me off the most is we made the call to junk the N storm but it drew us in to its trap then after 30min to an hour... gave us the finger.

Ah well... not very surprising. Give me a 50 50 on 2 storms and I always seem to pick the wrong one.

Full report/pics up later
Myself, Kurt Hulst and J.R. Hehnly saw well over a half dozen tornadoes today, mainly in Kent County, TX. From cones to wedges, as well as beautiful structure was all seen today in this absolutely magnificant event! I taped only 40MINS of video today, and probably 30MINS of that was pure tornadoes. I will hopefully have my page up in a day or so, I already have the vidcaps done, but I haven't even started working on the digitals...

Here's just a couple tornadoes that we saw today (probably 6-10 total)...



Like David if anyone still has any radar images of these cells in Dickens Swisher Counties as well as SAT Images id love to see them. Didnt have a nowcaster today becuase he was chasing with me :). We saw the awesome truncated/stovepipe tornado near Jayton. Nice pics and video as well. We may have also witnessed a distant tornado well to the West of Hamlin. The Hamlin wallcloud had awesome Movement and some of these cells showed 138 mph shear on Baron Mobile threat net XM WXWORX.
Please if anyone can send some saved radar/velocity/ SAT data to [email protected] or [email protected] Ill send some pics and vidcaps of the cells in return.
We (Jeff Papak & I) also chased with Robert Sternadel all day and had a great time. Jeff was only on his 4th chase of the year and the first time he brings out his new Digital Rebel BAM! Tornado!
One of the best chases of the year if not the best for us.
Total chase miles 433
Chased by Jeff Papak, Jason Brock, & Robert Sternadel.
Photos by Jason Brock, Jeff Papak, & Robert Sternadel
Video by Jason Brock
got to the Dickens County cell just as the bottom 4000 feet of the updraft vanished into thin air. saw a tiny funnel cloud extending from the base a few minutes after this happened. by this time I was out of position on the Kent/Fisher County storm so my day was pretty much over. got a nice mammatus pic over the Salt Fork of the Brazos River......

Awesome Structure!!!!

Definitely an incredible day!
I've got to say that supercell NW of Jayton had some of the most awesome structure. We weren't as close as some, but we got an unbelievable view of the meso, wall cloud, tail cloud, beaver's tail, flanking line, and tornadoes all in one shot!

Really nice supercell, which is an understatement.

Simon Brewer

Phil and I met up with the large group of folks at the Kettle restaurant (or whatever it was) there in Childress by mid-afternoon. The majority of them headed south towards a storm ne of Lubbock, while Phil and I hung around CDS a bit longer to see if storms west of Childress would intensify. Given the better shear progged to the north, we didn't want to go too far south. This was a very bad decision.

We headed south out of CDS towards a supercell near Dickons. We successfully navigated side roads with a large wallcloud to our west. After a pretty good RFD occlussion, we witnessed a small, short-lived tornado east of Dickons (west of Guthrie). The tornado was a dust spin-up column, though it was definately a tornado (nice column rising towards a funnel aloft). I had been worried about the southern storms since there was all sorts of precip in this northern storm's inflow area to the east. Despite repeated RFD occlussions and very nice wallclouds, we opted to jump ship and head for the southern storm. No radar data available at this time, so we were going solely off experience. Many minutes after we left the northern storm, it began to completely fall apart, so we felt we made the correct decision.

Finally, we got a radar image in Guthrie, and it was showing two 60-75 VIL cores south-southwest of us, likely impacting Aspermont in a short time. We made the decision to haul south afas and try to beat it across Hwy 83. We made it through Aspermont without any problem, and heard of a tornado warning for the storm north of Rotan. When we finally got view of the base, we noticed a very large wall-cloud with this storm. However, there was a lot of precip in the RFD, and there was also a huge amount of precip to the southwest of the RFD (almost as if there was another small cell hugging the southwest side of the storm). We watched this wallcloud persist and eventually weaken near Hamlin. Eventually, the storm went to garbage, and we met up with a slew of other OU chasers at the Stamford Pizza Hut.

Knowing that we broke off from the group that would later go on to bag the slew of tornadoes in Kent county is very frustating to say the least. I knew low-level flow was better to the north, so we were trying to keep our north option open for as long as possible. Unfortunately, w/o radar help, it wasn't easy to see which storm was better until we started hearing tornado reports for the southern storm. NOAA radio coverage was pitiful in the Guthrie/Dickens areas, so we had no idea the southern storm was going bonkers. While we did see a brief tornado, it's very disappointing to know that, after a 700-mile trip (not complaining there, as I know a lot of folks travelled a lot longer), we missed the tornado machine by 1 county.

I guess at least this chase holds in fashion with the way the rest of 2005 has gone. We got two small tornadoes in Paris TX on the first chase of the year, and one small tornado in TX on the last chase of the year (well, spring season at least). Between the two, every chase was filled with frustration and disappointment. The two days I sat out on (Thurs and Sat) turned out to be very productive for those who did chase. Grrrr.

EDIT: I like Aaron's 50/50 comment above LOL. Perhaps I should take my gut feeling, ignore it, and just figure out where Eric N., Amos, David D., and JR are going, since they always seem to be on the right storm. In what many would call a bad year, these folks have consistently landed the prize supercells and tornadoes... I don't think this season could have gone much worse for me.
Shane, don't be so hard on yourself. I too went out today and didn't see a single tornado!

I left Pittsburg Kansas at 9 AM, headed to Lawton oklahoma and then made my way west.. instead of going into Texas I decided to go north of Atlus Oklahoma.

I missed ALL of the action in Texas, did not see a single tornado, only saw a couple wall clouds, didn't even get hail!
What a day! Was lucky enough to have gotten on the Kent County, Texas storm. I honestly can't say how many tornados were seen. It seems like a blur! I assumed the road options were going to kill us, but the storms and roads cooperated very well for once. CRAZY spinning wall cloud video. Looks like a time lapse! WOW!
I have a few digital stills up now.. will have pictures of other tornados from video later.

Started off the day looking at the flooded Prairie dog town fork red river SW of Memphis, TX. This was some extremely impressive flooding. Bear in mind that this river is usually almost completely dry. We then got on the storm NW of Jayton like pretty much everybody else in the country it seemed. Probably the best chase of the year I must say. I have to give special thanks to Damon Shaw and Dan Skoff for nowcasting for myself and Matt Hines. They did a wonderful job in telling us where to be and what storm to intercept. What a great way to finish off the season!

Matt Hines looking at the flooded river SW of Memphis, TX

Beaver tail NW of Jayton

Large tornado NW of Jayton

Cone tornado NW of Jayton

Meso NW of Jayton

Southern end of meso west of Hamlin

Northern end of meso west of Hamlin
I was on the Kent county storm. If tornadoes are what you are looking for, it was hands down the best storm of the year. Like everyone else has already said, it produced every kind of tornado there is. It was like the storm was putting on a tornado clinic. Wedges, cones, stove pipes, needles, ropes, they all made an appearance today. The only problem was the roads. You couldn't get very close because of very few side roads. I just got home and I don't have the strength or time to put up anything other than video grabs. Here are some pics of the many tornadoes today.





There were three seperate vorticies at this point under the rapidly rotating meso. The third one is kind of hard to see. It is slanting out from behind the large one.




For the second time this week, I damn near got hit by lightning. The first video grab was right before the lightning hit. In the second one it is brighter because the CG hit somewhere very close to my left. I couldn't see it because my door was blocking the view. It scared the hell out of me. The video of it is pretty funny because I almost fell over backwards and I dropped a couple of F bombs in there too.



Absolutely incredible storm. I dropped South to the other tornado warned cell once the Kent county storm started to merge with it. I saw one tornado on that storm right when I got to it. For some reason I didn't have it on video. I am pretty damn sure though that it happened. Everything is just kind of one big blur of tornadoes though. I have no idea how many I saw. I will figure it out after a couple of days once I have a chance to review video and storm reports. I had at least 6 tornadoes. One of which came from the other storm. It was great to see such a wide variety of tornadoes. There were a bunch of chasers towards the end of the day on the storm. Texas Tech, DOWs, tornado attack vehicle (the tank and the red funny car one too), and a bunch of other cars that I see all the time, but don't know who they are. 2005 just got a lot better.
And the poor just keep getting poorer......

Missed all the tornadoes today. Sat southwest of CDS on a hill with excellent data/cell coverage - and were able to watch the whole afternoon play out - thoroughly believing that the area west/southwest of CDS would be "the spot" later on that day.

Unfortunately, the nose of the 300mb jet max came into the LBB area. And unfortunately - the UCAR surface-map page was down until around 4.45pm. With no surface that was worth a damn to look at, we were content to watch the crappy-but-cellular cells to our south and southwest do their thing - not feeling any great need to race off for hours into the boonies after a PoS.

Then - around 5.00pm our first decent surface map of the day came in and we saw the strong dryline punch coming into LBB and the ESE wind down there ahead of the dryline. But it was too late. We were in CDS. Not believing our eyes as we watched about 6 PoS storms congeal into three supercells (one tornadic but which ONE??? :roll: ) over about eight volume scans - we knew we were already late as the tornado warnings started flying and we blasted south.

Got on the northernmost cell and watched it produce blocky wall clouds and no tornadoes over hills and trees, and then carried on south through our Texas mesquite-fest and rolling-hills grand voyage. Ended up in Hamlin with everybody else near I-20 - at dark - and began to drive home.

Par for the course/year.

KR (seriously considering moving to either Midland, Amarillo, Denver, Omaha or Sioux Falls).

EDIT: I've just done the math. CDS - Girard, TX takes 2.5 hours. We were 116 miles out of position when the storms began tornadoing.
I chased with Jay Antle and Matt Crowther, along with Jim Leonard on June 12th. Once the tornado frenzy ensued, Jim Leonard did his own thing, as usual, and got some spectacular video of the large cone with the collar cloud from hell. Jay, Matt, and I remained on Hwy 208 the whole time, and observed the large cone from a distance (after the first truncated cone >> stovepipe event (1 or 2 tornadoes?) in lower contrast before wrapping in rain. Right after this, we figured we needed to keep going south to get out of the CG barrage and forward flank rain (shear vector had some northerly component)... and this decision cost us the following wedge... as we began to note awesome inflow tail to the growing supercell due southwest.

We immediately targetted the southern supercell west-southwest of Clairemont. In retrospect, given the awesome structure of this updraft, I don't regret missing the wedge stage (the wedge could have only been seen from quite close, from some of the other chasers' images I've seen with very low to the ground collar cloud). The southern supercell updraft structure...before it became the dominant storm...was just an awesome barrel. I got some pretty decent stills of the updraft from CR 440 just off of Hwy 70 southeast of Clairemont. This storm rapidly became very interesting with large occluded wall cloud and probable weak tornado. Several other classic tornadoes followed as we headed southeast on Hwy 70 as the "hordes" of chasers were beginning to catch back up with us... since we were out ahead of most everyone. I got stills of everything except the large cone since we were in a poor photography location... did get good zoomed in video though. Great day!

Off to the mountains for a couple days with Jay before hopefully catching some Colorado/Wyoming storms Wed-Thurs before my vacation ends.

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Mike U
I was on the Dickens County Storm. It appeared to get choked off by the Kent County Storm, but not before producing some nice wall clouds, interesting funnels, and one weak tornado that I saw. I did the same thing as Aaron... Knew the action visible to the south was probably great, but couldn't leave what appeared to be a pretty heathy storm in its own right. Still, I had a great time. I rushed down towards Kent County when the Dickens Storm was obviously finished in time to see the massive HP beast proceed to rain itself out. The anvil crawlers were nice icing on the cake for the day.
Missed it all. No NOAA coverage, no spotter chatter, no definable structure further than 5 miles away (from our approach), and lost touch with our nowcaster at the most crucial point in the day. I'm sick, I'm tired, and I'm pissed.

There's nothing wrong with the 2005 season - it's just fine. The problem is me, I just suck.

Jeez Shane, why not copy my post a bit more. We got about 30 miles from the storm, but it really looked to be falling apart, so I just called it a day. I don't think there were any other reports after we turned it around, but man, if I hadn't of bit on the only NOAA weather we had and storms developing along the border, then I would've made it down there. You live and you learn I suppose...
Yeah Chris, we were in Paducah before the first tornado warning ever happened - but we had no clue what was happening other than it just looked dark to the west like any garden variety rainstorm, no structure at all. We'd been headed to the storm that originated in Crosby county, which our nowcaster said was severe-warned. Our last update before we lost contact withour nowcaster for good was "storm turned right, but isn't severe warned anymore." That was out last information of the day.

So sitting in Paducah, we decided to just go back to Childress to get wifi, as no one in town seemed worried, no sirens were blaring, and not even a local bothered to come over and ask 20 questions (opposite of normal). Of course the NOAA radio was silent, as was the HAM freqs (as they always are in NW TX). Visually, as mentioned, there was no definition, just a dark rain core that, from our last info, was not severe. So we saw no reason to hang around or even continue further south away from home.

But that's yesterday, and the future holds so many sweet treats. Back to "normal life" until next time.
Well, I met up with Jeff Snyder and that group of people in Childress. Since Jeff has already posted our log for the day, I won't repeat it. In a nutshell, it was a day of extreme timing and incredible navigation.

Operating in the blind with no data and just my eyes, I had a feeling that the south storm was the place to be. Especially after seeing the proximity of the storms with respect to each other when we did have a radar picture. Typically, the outflow from the south storm gets pulled into the north storm and sends it to crap. Indeed, this is what eventually happened. I've observed this so many times, it's hard to count...off-hand i can remember this happening on: May 29, 2004 in Kansas; June 6, 2005 (or whatever day the Marlow storm was); and yesterday. Only once have I seen the north storm go one and produce instead and that was near Cordell, OK, on May 5, 2001.

However, I was concerned about the better shear to the north and wanted to keep it as an option. Guess we made the wrong choice this time. Oh well, I've only got to chase 4 times this year, so I was at least glad I got to go. I did see that really weak tornado east of Dickens and had some good times, so it was definitely worth it. Especially the radio chatter coming home.

But like Jeff said, to know that the tornado machine was one county away is incredibly frustrating. I have to quit checking this forum after I chase. It just makes me mad.

A day late and a dollar short...so close, yet so far away...I could go on and on.

Here's a picture of what we did get.
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