3/21/05 REPORTS: OK/TX

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Just passing Okemah Oklahoma westbound on I-40 now, after chasing the Seminole-Okfuskee supercell. After dodging the developing hail cores, we managed to come out around Castle OK to see our first funnel. With cascading RFD on our side, a ghostly semi-transparent funnel apeared in the concavity of a mesocyclone over the road (Hwy 62), lasting about 20 seconds.

Moved down to near Okemah just north of I-40, and saw another major mesocyclone begin to occlude, producing an impressive cone aloft with a snakelike funnel occasionally stretching to the ground, causing dirt to fly now and then.

Carried on north on Hwy 56 for a mile or so, but didn't get very far as another rain-wrapped, intermittent stovepipe-ish tornado revealed itself to us. Heavily rain-wrapped with rain and hail curtains, it began to the west of the road, to our northwest, as a fairly stout tornado, and then crossed the road moving east.

Wonderful start to the 2005 chase season. Couldn't have asked for more.

Writeup will appear online at http://www.stormskies.com shortly. I will post here when it is ready for viewing.

KR

EDIT: Couldn't help but mention that it is fairly satisfying to have seen over a foot and a half of snow, and tornadoes, in less than a week.
 
I had equipment problems and spent all morning on the phone with tech support. I finally excepted the fact that I was not going to get the problem resolved today and headed out at about 2pm with nothing but a weather radio and a bad attitude. I didn't have time to get all the way down to central Oklahoma, so I opted for NW Oklahoma. I got to the South end of the tornado warned storm in Grant county as it approached Medford. I saw a brief lowering and some horrible muddy red Oklahoma roads and that was about it. It began to build back to the South and I headed home. That is what I get for not trouble shooting my equipment until the night before the first chase :twisted: .
 
Chased the Seminole-Okfuskee storm, and I really, really enjoyed it. It really began to get organized as we passed thru Shawnee, and saw it produce a mid-level funnel about 7 mi W of Seminole. As we moved east on Hwy 9 and turned north on SR 56, we could see the meso really wrap up and we could see a funnel begin to form. At this time, our view was blocked by a small hill, but later found out that it produced a tornado in Cromwell. Damnit. Overall a very nice premier chase for 2005. Pictures to come soon.

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Tornado Amorita, NW OK

Kathryn & I filmed a beautiful tornado 3 SE of Amorita OK. The tornado was on the ground about 10 min. It passed within 50 yards of me. It was great chase day. Pictures and video will be up tonight link soon.

Jeff Piotrowski :D
 
Today went very well for me. It was my first chase day of the season and I saw the Cromwell tornado from less than a mile away. The tornado was very brief, lasting less than a minute. However, it was a very clearly defined white condensation funnel stretching all the way to the ground with some debris. It was very photogenic, but I got no pics because the tornado was so brief. Got to meet Sam as well shortly after this tornado.

I also saw the tornado NE of Okemah, but I was much farther away from it. Overall a great day and a great start to the 2005 season.
 
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We saw about three tornadoes today with the seminole-okfuskee storm...also saw some golf ball or larger hail in the core just north of the meso. One of the tornadoes developed directly above our location and had a very large funnel that extended about 3/4 of the way to the ground with ground circulation. Incredible structure on this storm. I'll post some video captures later tonight. Incredible day...did anyone take any pictures of the cold core tornadoes in northern OK?
 
Eric Nguyen and I observed two tornadoes in N OK near Wakita. The first was an long rope tornado with a tiny circulation at the ground. At the surface it was smaller than many dust devils. Eric now has pictures online.
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Congratulations!

Congratulations to all of you who scored today! I'm in So. Arizona, and watched this day unfold while glued to the 'puter screen.
I remember chasing with Warren Faidley into eastern Oklahoma in the early 90's.......and we both swore that we'd never chase that area again. For the most part....was viewing / visability a problem for many of you today??
I'll look forward to seeing the various chase reports and pics that show up.
Once again....congrats to all of you who scored today.....what a wonderful way to kick off the season!!
Joel Ewing
 
We f'ed this day up good. Started in Norman, ignored the convection developing northeast of there to head for NC OK. Stopped in Guthrie to check radar, decided to go for the initial stuff we'd seen, now in SW Lincoln county. About halfway there, we couldn't see anything for low clouds and, hearing the continous radar reports that the storms "weren't anything significant," decide to go back to Guthrie to play closer to the LOW. Major F'UP #1.

Got to Guthrie again, in the exact same spot we'd been before stealing broadband. As soon as we logged on, we heard a tornado warning for the storm near Seminole - which we'd have been very close to had we not turned around. I still don't know what I was thinking.

Raced south to I-35 to intercept the Seminole storm, and missed the exit to I-40. Major F'UP #2. No sweat, we'll just run down a mile, hit the cross under, and get back east....except we missed the exit back east and instead went south towards Dallas. major F'UP #3.

At this point I could only stare out the window. WE finally almost caught up to the storm near Okemah, but then we were almost out of gas. (someone trying to tell us something??) Gassed up, got on with the chase. Finallly worked our way into a real storm with intense rotation near the small community of Onapa, about 5 miles south of Checotah. Observed some very nice broadscale rotation that eventually squeezed itself down into something we could really get excited about, but alas, no tornado (that we could see). Moved north to Checotah as the core crashed us, then back east out head of it again. Between Checotah and Warner, we stopped again and observed more intesne rotation, and again it did get an area of small-scale, near-tornadic type rotation going, but once again we had to move to avoid being rolled.

Overall, very difficult chase, coming from behind after an afternoon of screw ups. Didn't realize until we read the reports forum just how much we actually missed. Heard a report of damage near Onapa as we were stopped for a final fill-up in Checotah, so will have to check reports and video to try and scrape up a consolation tornado somewhere, lol.

Considering how bad we f'ed up the first half of the chase, ending up in position to see tornadoes a few times later in the evening was pretty significant. It's not fun being the guy who screwed up the tornado day that everyone else killed on. Feels like every April of my career.
 
I chased the storm up through Okmulgee and saw one decent tornado starting to get rained wrapped. Met up with Chris Sanner while on a backwoods tour around Lake Okmulgee and caravaned with him until 6:20PM when we called it off. He got some good video of a multi-vortex tornado and several different lowerings. Nickel size hail and massive rain when we had to core punch through the cell while we were on I-40. I hate the road system up there but it was a good first chase of the season.
 
Props to the Oklahomans today ... nice work on what turned out to be a pretty complicated scenario. Looks like Scott and Eric are getting their season off to yet another successful start ... terrific photos and accounts from everyone - would really like to see Jeff P's catch as well - 50 yds(?!). No worries, Shane ... at least you could be out there and still got something to show for it ... Like Reed, I'm hoping to see something from the cold core cells in the north. Hopefully someone was on them -
 
well our chase team ended up chasing in texas today and we were soooo close to giving up but stuck with our storm and bagged a nice cone / stovepipe tornado just south of Paris. It was only on the ground for a matter of a few minutes, but it had great contrast to it and was well worth the patience! Besides the tornado, our storm which was horrible looking and very disorganized for hours, finally got its act together and provided great structure! An awesome corkscrew updraft and beautiful bowl shaped mesocyclone with a never ending beavers tail! The rotation in this storm was incredible, in my opinion it comes to close competition with the rotation seen in the Conway Springs, KS wall cloud! We will have a chase log with pictures and video up on stormphoto.net by the end of the week!
 
Quick summary... I'll post the whole caboodle later on. Myself and two chase partners ended up meeting with Gabe , Jeff, and crew near Sherman, TX. A storm went up SE of there and took its time in getting organized. Several hours later, the storm took on supercell characteristics near Cooper, TX. A bit after that, the storm produced two tornadoes near Paris, TX just before sundown. At that point, light was waning, and with little lightning we called the sucessful chase off. A great start to the season!

EDIT1: Mike, we passed you(blue/green saturn with OK tags) somewhere on HWY 82 on the way home. Thanks for making the pass easy :)

PICTURES

www.convectionconnection.com/CHASE-032105/

Aaron
 
3/21/05 NE TEXAS CHASE

I headed out of Wichita Falls Texas about 11am heading towards my initial target area from the previous day of Sherman Texas. I was tempted to head towards Central Oklahoma and hang out in OKC (which I should have done) but I wanted to show a little discipline and keep to my original target. It didnt look too bad either but the slower than anticipated movement of the dryline would actually be my undoing. I was a little glad the dryline had slowed actually because I was afraid any storms that formed would race NE at up to 40.
I heard over the scanner that A tornado watch had been issued until 7pm but was a bit perplexed that the entire watch was North of the Red River. I figured things would just be expected to fire a little later (perhaps mid-afteroon) and stopped in Sherman my target area and was able to obtain some net access and also using my XM WX WORX was able to see a small storm develope just E of DFW. I was about to head toward Denison and then into Okie land but this new storm was much closer than anything else so I figured the show was about to begin.
I caught this small cell just South of Whitewright and took alot of timelapse of the cell build then die and build then die and also watched as marble size hail pelted me for about 5 minutes then turn to more slush than hail. Just as the cell was to my East about a mile It seemed to gain alot of strength with an overshooting top and somewhat corkscrewing updraft but yet again soon weakened. I also watched as a few new cells developed to my SW towards Rockwall. I decided this little cell wasnt ging to do anything so I headed towards Greenville as the cell near Rockwall was getting stronger and headed that way. Each cell exchanged intensity and the Greenville cell even began to form a bit of a wallcloud but soon once again weakened. The time lapse of these storms was incredible and I was in awe at the motion of the clouds.
knowing i had to be back to Wichita Falls for some sleep for class at 7am I headed back home about 6pm. To a little of my disapointment I later learned the original cell I had been on eventually did form a tornado Just South of Paris Texas at about 6:49pm or so. I probably should have stayed on the cell till total darkness but oh well. Better luck next time. It was jsut good to get back to chasing once againand be able to get away for a day just going where the storms lead me.
Ill try to have some pics up at http://www.texhomastormchasers.com in a couple weeks as the whole website needs a major makeover.
Congrats to those who saw the naders today and glad to ehar everyone stayed safe.
Hopefully another chase day is not too far on the Horizon?
thanks to Jeff Papak & Kenneth McCallister for nowcasting even tho my cell phone crapped out and I need to get a new one.
Total chase miles 457.7
 
Quick question, was that Paris, TX storm the southern most one in that line just northeast of Fort Worth? I was arm chair chasing and that's the target area/cell I picked. I thought it was a bustola when no tor reports came in on it though. Can't wait to see the pictures!
 
Skip,

I believe there were three cells that tried to form east of DFW. From my knowledge, the Paris storm was the northernmost out of the three, but it was definitely in what seemed to be your target area!
 
3/21/05 - Paris, TX Tornado

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Jason Politte, Marcie Martin, and I intercepted a relatively low-topped supercell on Hwy. 19 about 5 miles south of Paris, TX and observed the storm shed one mesocyclone to our southwest while a new area of rotation formed to our east and rapidly organized, producing a tornado in short order. The tornado transitioned from a slender stovepipe to a thick elephant trunk with a translucent tube before kicking up a large cloud of debris. The tornado lifted briefly before condensing fully to ground again and displaying its inner core surrounded by an outer sheath before dissipating. The mesocyclone occluded over Paris, TX containing intense rotation aloft.

More photos will soon be posted on my website.

Scott Blair
http://www.targetarea.net/
 
Anyone find it somewhat ironic that Harper County, KS had a report on the first real chase day of this season (after last year)? Anyway, for those of you who have posted photos, I really enjoy all of them! Keep them coming :).
 
I was on the Paris storm as well. I think everyone was about in the same place for viewing this tornado as this photo resembles Scott's a lot. Just got home from being on the road for almost a day straight and I am pretty exausted. More later.

Darin

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What a chase to begin the year. Bill saved my butt today it looks with him redirecting me to EC Oklahoma. I was just past Ardmore when he told me to hold up a few because NE TX was't looking as hot as earlier. I got another call directing me north to the OKC area as a Torn Watch would be issued and there was convection going up there. As we neared the convection I saw three nice looking cells, all low topped supercells it looked, so I went with obivious rule no. 1 and took the southern storm.

Going down Highway 9 after a gas stop we saw what looked to be a fairly persistent funnel about halfway to the ground about 10 mins before this thing went tornado warned. Then, in classic E. Oklahoma fashion, we saw a needle funnel off the new mesocyclone that might have been producing at the time but as we rounded the mountain which took about 3 mins another (or the same) tornado was ongoing SW of Cromwell. So then we had to round ANOTHER mountain but this was after the rotation slowed a bit, and once we got around that, we saw the Wall Cloud produce intermittent touchdowns all the way through Cromwell. Got some really nice video of these, especially of one that looked to be in town as we were about 1/2 mile from it when it touched for a few brief seconds.

I think we jetted eastthen, watching the Meso to our north. We were back on the bugger at Okemah, just north when it produced another tornado after gearing back up for about ~1 min. We then took the chase north on 59 when we spotted a white cone in the muck which looked to be multi-vortex before it got wrapped in rain. Thanks to the GPS, we stayed within a mile of the rainshaft through this whole period on the county roads and we would see a tornado within the rain, either stovepipe or cone, intermittently for about ~20 mins or so, up until Lake Okmulgee when things got hairy for us and I had to concentrate on driving (flooded roads). We fell behind for good here and we met up with Bill Hamiton around Lake Okmulgee and decided to try for a newer southern storm in the town of Okmulgee, but we could never get a good view of the meso of it and AOA 6:20, we decided to head home because it was going to be getting dark and I was contempt with what we had gotten for the day.

Overall a GREAT chase to start the year. I'm working on a new website to post my pics on, so it may be a few days, but I'll get some pics up soon!

A note: I had planned to be in Paris, TX today, but after Bill told me of the situation, I figured my chances were better in Oklahoma. Better lucky than good sometimes in my case :)
 
We f'ed this day up good. Started in Norman, ignored the convection developing northeast of there to head for NC OK. Stopped in Guthrie to check radar, decided to go for the initial stuff we'd seen, now in SW Lincoln county. About halfway there, we couldn't see anything for low clouds and, hearing the continous radar reports that the storms "weren't anything significant," decide to go back to Guthrie to play closer to the LOW. Major F'UP #1.

Raced south to I-35 to intercept the Seminole storm, and missed the exit to I-40. Major F'UP #2. No sweat, we'll just run down a mile, hit the cross under, and get back east....except we missed the exit back east and instead went south towards Dallas. major F'UP #3.

At this point I could only stare out the window. WE finally almost caught up to the storm near Okemah, but then we were almost out of gas. (someone trying to tell us something??) Gassed up, got on with the chase. Finallly worked our way into a real storm with intense rotation near the small community of Onapa,

Feels like every April of my career.

Don't beat yourself up too much. I sure don't consider yesterday as a "killing" - LMAO! We had plenty of opportunity to mess up just like you did yesterday which I'll talk about in my full account online. Fact is - there were three distinct target areas and every one did it, if you are being literal. Hell - we left the house without a weather radio!

Ending up on the west or northwest side of the Okemah storm - like you and I did - was the worst place to be - but it seems that almost everyone WAS. It was a b*$tard to punch with HARD dime-quarter sized hail making you feel like you were being gunned down in a tin can, an intense hail swath to circumvent, and minor flooding to boot. It was not a dry storm. People observed the Paris, TX tornado yesterday from the WEST, I believe. Ha! Try doing that with our storm!

Anyways - don't judge your chase season on something in March. Or April. We still have many months of the big-players to come - and that's what I'm focused on. Yesterday was a nice warm-up and I feel lucky to have seen anything - but it was just that. A warm-up.

And we barfed when we got home and saw Jeff P.'s footage on TWC. Just disgusting (considering my initial morning target was Lookout, OK).

KR
 
Re: 3/21/05 NE TEXAS CHASE

I headed out of Wichita Falls Texas about 11am heading towards my initial target area from the previous day of Sherman Texas. I was tempted to head towards Central Oklahoma and hang out in OKC (which I should have done) but I wanted to show a little discipline and keep to my original target. It didnt look too bad either but the slower than anticipated movement of the dryline would actually be my undoing. I was a little glad the dryline had slowed actually because I was afraid any storms that formed would race NE at up to 40.
I heard over the scanner that A tornado watch had been issued until 7pm but was a bit perplexed that the entire watch was North of the Red River. I figured things would just be expected to fire a little later (perhaps mid-afteroon) and stopped in Sherman my target area and was able to obtain some net access and also using my XM WX WORX was able to see a small storm develope just E of DFW. I was about to head toward Denison and then into Okie land but this new storm was much closer than anything else so I figured the show was about to begin.
I caught this small cell just South of Whitewright and took alot of timelapse of the cell build then die and build then die and also watched as marble size hail pelted me for about 5 minutes then turn to more slush than hail. Just as the cell was to my East about a mile It seemed to gain alot of strength with an overshooting top and somewhat corkscrewing updraft but yet again soon weakened. I also watched as a few new cells developed to my SW towards Rockwall. I decided this little cell wasnt ging to do anything so I headed towards Greenville as the cell near Rockwall was getting stronger and headed that way. Each cell exchanged intensity and the Greenville cell even began to form a bit of a wallcloud but soon once again weakened. The time lapse of these storms was incredible and I was in awe at the motion of the clouds.
knowing i had to be back to Wichita Falls for some sleep for class at 7am I headed back home about 6pm. To a little of my disapointment I later learned the original cell I had been on eventually did form a tornado Just South of Paris Texas at about 6:49pm or so. I probably should have stayed on the cell till total darkness but oh well. Better luck next time. It was jsut good to get back to chasing once againand be able to get away for a day just going where the storms lead me.
Ill try to have some pics up at http://www.texhomastormchasers.com in a couple weeks as the whole website needs a major makeover.
Congrats to those who saw the naders today and glad to ehar everyone stayed safe.
Hopefully another chase day is not too far on the Horizon?
thanks to Jeff Papak & Kenneth McCallister for nowcasting even tho my cell phone crapped out and I need to get a new one.
Total chase miles 457.7

I feel your pain Jason. We were on the Greenville storm for some time. Not sure if this was the one that eventually tornadoed, but the pulsing intensity of these storms was not very re-assuring. Just about when we were ready to give up, it would start to wind up again. The 3 cells in the general area all seemed to be doing this as far as I could tell by radar. Anyhow, we eventually cut off the chase just SW of Paris. :roll: :evil: As mentioned, the cloud motion was incredible, and the inflow bands at times was very impressive. Facinating watch the atmosphere operate!

The tornado watch issued in OK earlier on did not boost my confidence either about Texas. Still not sure why these storms pulsed the way they did, and never really got going. It was a frustrating day to figure out weather wise, but it was nice to at least be out looking some storms for a change. From a chaser perspective, it was somewhat dissapointing, but from a pure weather inthusiest perspective, just seeing mother nature do here thing was great, even if she didn't perform the way I wanted her to. 8)

Congrats to everyone in OK that saw some action, and happy to hear everyone got home safe and sound.
 
Dan Dawson and I lingered in Norman too long, waffling on whether to chase north or east until the tornado warnings went out for Seminole Co. around 3 p.m. We blasted east on I-40 and saw the rotating base passing over Okmulgee. Unfortunately, we happened to witness a car accident on Hwy. 62 east of of Okmulgee around 5 p.m. and had to stop to check for injuries and to give our statements to the police. (Some of you might have seen us standing by the bridge over Caseetah Creek. While we were waiting, Eric Holthaus and Nick Wilson saw us and pulled over to show off their pictures of the second tornado in Okfuskee Co., and then drove off.) Since it was a non-injury accident in inclement weather, the cops took their sweet time getting to us, and an hour and a half had elapsed before we got back on the road. The storm had essentially outrun us by then. We quickly lost daylight and turned around at about 6:45 p.m.

Oh well, my appetite is whetted. What a way to start spring!
 
I may have been one of the only chasers in south Texas.

A supercell fired about 30 miles north of I-10 off of I-35 around 3pm. But it was moving at about 15mph!

Once 4:45pm creeped up to me, the supercell was looking really impressive and moving due east. So I left work and hauled it north on highway 6 (Houston), and then wnw on 290. (I-10 is a parking lot at rush hour, otherwise would have taken it).

I didn't catch up to the storm until after 6 because it turned right and to the southeast. But whatever, I still caught up to it and had about 45 minutes of daylight. It had a nice rainfree base, but seemed to be struggling with the cap. Wall clouds developed pretty quickly and would quickly dissipate (non-rotating). But the supercell had decent structure and nice midlevel inflow band.

Got some great picks (hopefully) of a wall cloud with a nice tail at twilight. This storm was also low topped and seriously barely moving!

Had this storm not turned southeast the tornado potential would have been there.

Great chase!

- Congrats to all for your great pics and accounts. Keep them coming!
 
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