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4/1/2006 REPORTS: TX/OK/KS

Ugh, another frustrating day (to go with Thursday). I headed out with a crew of folks (including Jana Lesak, Gabe Garfield, Phil Hurlbut, Justin Walker, etc), originally aiming somewhere between Elk City and Shamrock, not necessarily because we thought that area was the best, but because it kept our north and south options open. By the time we made it to Clinton, we looked at some data, and opted to slide south towards Altus. We noted a subtle boundary that was located very near the Red River (pretty well forecast by the NAM and RUC, actually). With the best CAPE to the south, we figured that may be our best option. Most of the chase days this spring so far have been a little CAPE deficient, so we were happy to see >2500 j/kg CAPE. We sat in Altus for a while, as TCu bubbled around. We eventually opted to head for the storm leaving Collingsworth county, TX.

When we got to the storm, it looked quite high based, and there was massive amts of precip to the west and southwest of the area of weak rotation. The storm was spitting out lots of scud from the FFD, and some of it was being reingested it appeared. The storm did have a very nice green/cyan colored appearance though. Looking at surface obs, I was extremely concerned by the low RH / high dewpoint deficits (see my failure reason below). Regardless, we followed this storm until it was south of Clinton... It had one more run at an RFD occlussion, but that too was very wet. By the time it was into Was$$$a county (6:15ish), it was looking progressively more outflow-dominant, with a shelfy appearance. I did see that SRV imagery indicated some rotation in the forward-flank, and this was confirmed visually. However, there was no doubt that the storm was lining out.

I've chased 3 times in 4 days, and struck out all three times. Thurs and today were HP sups, none of which were really that impressive. The rotation on today's supercell was largely pretty weak, and the structure was far from breath-taking. The storm did take two good runs at producing something, but the RFD was hugely precip-filled and quite cool.

EDIT: I'll move my "failure mode" for todays event over to a 4/1 DISC thread.

EDIT2: LOL The swear-word-filter caught the county name-- Wash-ita... It doesn't like the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th letters together, I guess.
 
I dont fell like typing or doing anything at all really, so I will keep it short.

Targeted Woodward, OK arrived at about 2:30 and went over data. Basically decided to sit and wait there for somthing to pop since it seemed stupid to move anywhere else really. eventually spotted some towers south of woodward (beginings of comanche, pratt KS supercell) they slowly organized and moved north into kansas where they developed a wall cloud and looked like it might produce a tornado. However that hope was short lived as the storm moved into the red hills southwest of Medicine lodge, KS and there were really no road options at all to pursue it, so basically just went home and found a pleasant surprise as tornado sirens were blowing in town and nickel to quarter size hail was falling from the same storm that I had earlier been chaser southwest of there.

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storms begin to fire south of Woodward, OK.

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storm gets better organized.

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wall cloud develops in southern Comanche county, KS
 
Basically the same story as Jeff's.
Met up with David Drummond and Graham Butler in Shamrock, TX and waited for the storms to initiate. We then headed south and then back into OK. The storm cell we were on started out looking fairly decent with good rotation and produced a moderate wall cloud. The storm cycled quite a few time before becoming outflow dominant. Once it joined with the southern cell it was all over but the rain. Not even enough hail to make a bad story out of. With all the news crews out on that storm there should be enough video of what a BUST looks like.
Parted ways with David and Graham west of Lawton and called it a night. With as much as this round of storms was hyped it sure is a shame nothing came from them in OK.
 
Basically the exact same as Sam's report above.

I sat in Woodward until around 5pm watching CU's form and reform WSW of town. Finally, around 5, a cluster of 2 cells began to strengthen and I headed north of town to watch the southern cell develop into a very defined supercell with an excellent sheared back anvil. The storm eventually teased me with 2 or 3 extremely close attempts at tornadogenesis. Some fairly large hail, golfball sized, was observed along HW34 where the core had passed. Followed the storm as far north as I could but after the KS border no road options existed to go east and I was forced to let the storm fade into the distance.

Overall, I would consider today a success. It was a visually impressive supercell and had some pretty wicked rotation that nearly produced. Observed an excellent lightning display on the drive back to ICT as well.
 
Long day with many not-so-supercells but not much of anything else. Only things of interest we saw were some hail, rotating wall clouds, and a probable tornado dissipating halfway between St. Leo and Calista, KS, around 8:30pm (excuse me while I yawn with excitement over that one). No confirmed report and I was sitting on the wrong side of the car to see it, but both my chase partners saw it at the same time (backlit by intense CG lightning), so I'm inclined to believe them. No pics or anything...not like it'd be that interesting anyway.
 
Not much to report here. Was all over the Beckham County storm until it fairly rapidly became outflow-dominant (and for a while afterwards), then I came back home. The storm did very briefly try its hand at a wall cloud a few times, but it never quite got there. Saw quite a few chasers around this one. Was a little surprised at the HP-ish structure, as I thought we'd be in for more of a classic sup mode today, but oh well. What else can you expect on April first? On a side note, the county road grid southeast of Sayre is horrible. The county roads kept going in very unexpected directions, with T intersections and not very many east options. The east road I was on turned around and had me going back west into the core. I finally gave up and lost some ground going back to marked paved roads. Not a bad chase day, but a little disappointing. At least today's storms were easy to keep up with.
 
Well, all I can say is this was one of the less-than-exciting chase days I've had. My girlfriend, one of my good buddies, and myself set out for around I-40 close to the OK/TX border. On the way, I noticed my car was on the verge of overheating, luckily it never did. Then we stopped to fuel in OKC and a guy passing by says "You're leaking something". Turns out to be oil. Again, luckily, it wasn't bad enough to call off the chase. Then, while just west of OKC, I couldn't get my camera (that's Matt for the loaner!) to charge or power up, so now my camera is out of service. So I'm thinking as long as I see something today, I can still be happy with the 500 mile chase. When approaching Elk City, I hear a loud bang on my roof and my amber lightbar power cable pulls tight all of a sudden. So I pull over and it turns out my amber light-bar, for the first time ever, came loose (it's magnetic with four 25lbs magnets). When it did, it took out all of my antennas and my anemometer. Luckily none of them were broken. THEN while trying to hit up a hotspot for some radar in an area where we had no NWR reception, we lose the power supply to the inverter the laptops were running off of. Thought it was a blown fuse... nope; melted fuse. There's just something wrong about that. So we just cut it out of the line and hard-wired it back.


So we set off down south of Sayre and caught a decent looking cell and followed it for a while. Produced a not-very-spectacular wall cloud. So then we jumped on another cell that was around the Clinton area. It ended up merging into the ugly squall-line that ended up eating everything and then raining out the state (which is good I guess, for the state). So in the end, we blew about $100, mainly on gas, no tornado on a day when EVERYONE was talking about "Outbreak similar to May 3, 1999" and models that backed that up to a point. But when dynamics don't happen at the right time, and your car is about to explode, and your equipment fails, then you get rained on all the way home, I'm just friggen happy to BE HOME.
 
Like some of the others here, Emily and I were following the cell that moved from Ft. Supply, OK up through Medicine Lodge, KS. Between 2350 and 0030 we watched it cross OK-34/KS-1 and followed it north on KS-1. We had a pretty clear view of the wall cloud until it became obscured by precip while still south of Coldwater, KS. At 0037 we were finally able to go east on US-160. The precip was pretty intense, and we pulled over for a bit around 0045 to wait it out. At 0059 we got out of the precip near Mule Creek, and could see the structure pretty clearly until the sun went down shortly thereafter. We didn't see any funnels after we went east.

The catch of the day was this good sized hail, which was picked up off of KS-1 a few miles north of the OK border. The biggest pieces were nearly 2" across.

Tip of the hat to Eric Whitehill for nowcasting.

Distance/Time: 630 miles in 13 hours.


EDIT: More pictures are now on my website.
 
Thanks to Peggy, Bill, and Kevin Polston for nowcasting! After waiting around until just before sundown for storms to organize I got on a tornado warned cell WSW of Medicine Lodge, KS and watched it tighten up with a nice clear slot and wall cloud (as a couplet appeared on radar) just before a cell from my West moved in and obscured my view. I didn't get a shot of the wall cloud at it's tightest but the clear slot is well defined in the first image below. After I got East of the precip from the other cell I ended up under the SSE edge of the meso and saw another very suspicious lowering just to my north when lightning flashed (no pictures, only video). And that was it! At least it wasn't a bust.

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Melanie
 
Started off at the station going over the final details with the chief meteorologist. Went up Hwy 60 to Pampa where I saw Amos Magliocco but I didn't have a chance to stop and say hi. My chase partner and I finally made it to the McDonalds to get wireless access and something to eat. Noticed right off the bat that the moisture was mixing to the east pretty fast. If I remember correctly the obs in Pampa were T78 Td54. We knew immediately that we had to go east and fast! We saw the better parameters in western OK so we went out of Pampa and ended up going east to Mobeetie where we saw the nice anvil and overshooting top to our SE. We then went to Wheeler and then finally down Hwy 152 to Sayre. Stopped in Sayre for gas and a quick phone update and was told the storm had golfball hail in it. Blasted south out of Sayre to a couple miles north of the Brinkman-Willow area and stopped to look at the storm to the SW. It was ok at this time but quickly strengthened up into a tight meso a few minutes later. We then went north on Hwy 34 toward Carter...then we blasted east to the intersection of Hwy 55 and Hwy 6. We were in great position at this point and got out of the vehicle to see a very large wall cloud and funnel to our NW and it looked like it was about to produce a tor as it was rotating fairly rapidly. Chasers were everywhere at this point! The storm never produced for us as it began to gust out and lose any tornado potential. We then went east a few more miles and then north to Elk city and then back to Amarillo on I-40. Overall it wasn't a bad chase day for early April. It was a chance to get all the kinks out of the equipment and smell the moist air! Here are some video stills of the wall cloud and funnel near the intersection of Hwy 55 and Hwy 6 East of Carter, OK:



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it was a LONG day today. I initially targeted Clinton, OK since it gave me good roads in all directions. I arrived there maybe 20 mins before the svr warning was issued for Beckham and Greer counties. I caught up with the cell just south of Sayre. There was some vertical scud motion, but not much visible rotation.

The road network left me on the wrong side of the storm and a semi truck catching fire on the on-ramp to I-40 left me in the storm's dust for a while. There was a very impressive hail path just south of Sayre and some localized flooding. When I caught up again it was definately very HPish and there wasn't much to see. It was starting to get dark at that point and the southern storms were starting to pinch in on me so I made a run for it. There was an awesome lightening display as the HP mess was approaching Oklahoma City.

Thanks to Brian Emfinger for nowcasting support.
 
Jeff Papak and I left Wichita Falls about 1pm and headed for an initial target of Shamrock Texas but decided to top off the fuel tank in Childress and noticed convection starting to our SW. We chated with a few fellow chasers at the Shell in Childress and decided to head SW towards these developing cells. We ended up North Of Matador and watched as a cell tried to get its act together initially but soom other smaller cells began to form all around one main cell and battle began between storms. Things mostly looked high based with little or no features so we sat and watched awhile and noticed a cell North of Childress forming in the distance. This cell actualy from a distance looked rather good but with it being Jeffs first chase of the year I decided to let him make the decisions so we stuck it out on the storms to the South hoping eventually a tail-end charlie scenario would unfold.
We decided to get ahead of the Southern edge of cells and for awhile a cell somewhat ahead of the main blob of storms to the SE began to look fairly impressive and things began to look much more surface based. This cell would pelt us with quarter to occasionally half-dollar size hail North of Paducah and hail even began to cover the road but we were able to get into the clear fairly quickly.
W e headed ito paducah and then jsut NE of the town and watched a poorly organized wall cloud eventually turn into a very outflow dominant mess.
We then headed back home towards Wichita Falls on the Southern edge and enjoyed the incredible amount of rainfall that had occured NE of Paducah where ditched ran full all the way up to the sides of the roadways and small creeks formed in rain starved fields. It was a nice site to see in this rain starved area.
We would follow the tail end of what turned out to be a bowing structure and took some OK lightning pics along the way and some structure shots of the gustfront.
I am wonderingif anyone had trouble getting Wifi at the shell or behind the Kettle in Childress like we did? I usually can get a pretty good connection there but not today. Also at the roadside rest stop on 287 Near Chilicothee we were unable to get their Wifi on the East bound side of the highway. This is another area I can usually access trouble free but not today. I know my Wifi was working because we were able to connect at the Best Western In Vernon.
Ive added a new extra Wifi card with an external antenna but the antenna wont be here until Monday. Hopefully this will greatly improve my signal.
I was also baffeled by why todays setup wasnt producing more tornadic storms even watching them on WX WORX up in Kansas. Reading Jeff Snyders synopsis of the situation brings things into light well however. I do recall a chase friend of mine earlier in the day mentioning he was concerned about the mixing scanrio however. Then again ya just never can tell.
At least ill have some video and pics to play with later today. Ill try to get them on my website this evening but I do have a test I need to study for. We shall see.
 
Short - Observed the early high based convection near Matador and followed the
discrete cells until they coalesced into "The Blob". No tornadoes but watched a
spectacular outflow dominant "mothership" on the front of "The Blob" with a nice
sharktoothed shelf cloud as the it crossed the Red River and devoured
Altus/Snyder OK.

Long - Drove to CDS and decided on a more southerly initiation target cell
firing near Matador around 2120Z. Took US 83 south to FM 94 and met the first
cells 10 miles S of Northfield. The convection was high based and rapidly
produced dense/dark precip cores and FM 94 was paralleling the cells' movements
to the NE. I saw three other vehicles in pursuit or fleeing the storms along FM
94. Cells began forming nearby on the east side of FM 94 and I did not want to
be digested, so I began to follow the storms back along FM 94 and decided that I
would pursue the storms on the eastern flank across the river. I did not want
to drive up US 83 through the cores to reach US 62 and continue flanking the
storms.

Decided to cross on the 1-lane bridge at FM 680 so I might observe if anything
became of the multiple shear markers that MTN was now painting on the FF and
eastern flank of "The Blob". (In for a penny, in for a pound). I manuvered to
the bridge with beaded close bolts striking all aound and saw a relatively
high-based cowcatcher and short inflow band on the FF of storm and was able to
cross the one lane bridge just in time. A car full of teenagers were stopped at
the OK bridge end and when they saw me hurry away from the bridge they also left
in haste.

I zigzagged on the county roads S of Hollis trying to keep the storm in sight
and then made a quick gas stop in Hollis and drove east on US 62. I then took
more county roads back south and zigzagged trying to keep the storm in sight.
Ended up back on US 62 stopped for some pics (in poor lighting due to rain
curtains obscuring the sun) near dusk of the storm as it neared Altus. The front
flank of the storm had a barrel mothership look with a ringed shelf cloud of
near vertical sharkteeth surrounding the central precip core.

Stopped a few more times to watch lightning and finally headed south on US 183
at Snyder and then back to DFW.

A bustola for tornadoes, but a good chase to see what "air and moisture" can
sometimes conjure up with a little insolation added and some much needed rain
for TX/OK.

Craig
 
Just got back to Denver after 24 hours and 1500 miles chasing the cell that followed I-40 in OK. Chased with Tony Laubach, Jon Van De Grift, with Katie Burtis nowcasting. It was a fun chase, no tornadoes but a great sunset east of Elk City, OK! :)

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1203 Miles Driven There and Back
Caught those 2 tornadic cells everyone else was on , ill make this short im very tired...

encountered dime to ping pong ball sized hail, wall cloud , scud i follwed the first cell until i gave up due to the precip surrounding me, i ended up making a big mistake those OK red clay roads or w.e dirt it is flooded like nothing i seriously thought i was going to be stuck, i ended up going in all directions to only find water covering the road, by luck some other chaser's i assume took me to a road, i followed behind and they got me to pavement thanks so much ... sorry i dont know who you 2 are but thanks i appreicate it, anyways after getting out of that mess i headed south where the 2nd tor warned storm was coming up from the west to northeast basically right behind the first cell i was on... it was pretty good with structre just as sun set, the orange glow and lit up structre was quite the sight... i followed that storm all the way east until it lined out, basically merging with other cells which later became a squall line as i was headed home... i was on alot of Hwy's and Roads , too many to list here's a few pics..



.EDITED 4-3-06( Pics and Account now up go to www.stormchaserdan.com and click the photo link to 2006
vid captures and digi pics are there... to bad i didnt get close to the storms..
 
Full log can be found here!

An epic chase for a few of us here in Colorado in terms of distance traveled in juts over 24 hours. At 5:30am, Verne Carlson, Jon Van de Grift, and myself embarked on a journey which took us across 4 states, 1500 miles, in a time span of 25 hours and 38 minutes. We left my apartment in Lakewood, Colorado at 5:30am and wondered into Kansas and south through Liberal where we raced south to get out from under a thick cirrus shield. Our target continued to move south as cirrus continued to threaten storm chances from the Oklahoma Panhandle northward. We eventually stopped in Pampa, TX where we met with Amos Magliocco, Eric Nguyen, and Robert Hall and chilled with them for a bit before heading south to I-40 and moving east to get on the cell of the day in this region of the country. We headed 20 miles into Oklahoma on I-40 before jumping south to get in front of the storm on Hwy US Hwy 283 south of Sayre, OK. We followed Hwy 283 south and east til we were a few miles north of Willow where we cut over to OK-34 on a county road which started as groomed gravel and ended up as a very soft sand where I scraped the bottom of my van in the ruts til we happily arrived at OK-34 and headed north to Carter with the storm in front of us. We jumped east again on OK-55 over to OK-6 where we stopped and watched the storm try to get its self together. It was here we made a crutial decision to drop south on OK-6 as opposed to going north to the OK-152 east option we wanted. We followed OK-55 east to Sentinel where we topped off on gas and fired north on OK-44 to OK-152 where we again stair-stepped the storm eastward to Cordell where tornado sirens blasted away as we went thru town. Prior to getting into town, we stopped to drool over the awesome sunset which was illuminating the storm to our west. The storm by this point began to take on a linear mode as darkness began to fall, so we headed north out of Cordell on US Hwy 183 back to I-40 where we blasted throught the line and beat it into Oklahoma City. We headed north out of town to meet with a few chasers at Arby's in Guthrie before cleaning the van and making the 9 hour trip back to Denver. We pulled back into my apartment at 7:08am at 1500.2 miles.

This definately ranks as one of my favorite chases in terms of fun as I enjoyed good times with good friends. We accomplished something none of us had ever done before in terms of miles driven in such a short amount of time. This ranks as #6 in terms of longest distance traveled in a single chase and #1 for distance vs. time. We had a great time and enjoyed a good storm on a trip where we had some good laughs. The van definately earned its stripes yesterday as it got the three of us out and around safely and comfortably. We may have discovered something with this three to my van thing; cheaper and rotating drivers while the other two slept was a huge help in getting us back this morning.

Full log can be found here!

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Was anyone in Tulsa when the line moved through? KTUL & the NWS are reporting a tornado touched down by Tulsa Internation Airport.


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
537 PM CDT SUN APR 2 2006

AT 1114 PM CST LAST NIGHT /APRIL 1ST/ A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN
IN TULSA...IMMEDIATELY SOUTHWEST OF THE TULSA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.[/b]

We were right behind the line as it moved through Tulsa and just heard some wind reports. I didn't even hear anything reported over about 50mph (not sure why 40mph wind was being reported, but you know spotters and their radios). I don't think I measured anything about 30mph when the line passed me. I didn't have any damage from winds around my house at all it seemed (I live about 10 miles from TIA).
 
I left Wichita at 10AM with Ryan Shirk(caravaning) for an original target of the OK/TX border in central Oklahoma. I was particularly interested in the subtle increase in moisture that had made it North to the I44 or I40 corridor(whatever highway that is that goes from OKC to Amarillo) by early afternoon. Shortly after we got on the storm it was showing good signs of becoming organized and I thought for sure the storm would go tornadic within an hour. The one thing that didn't look good when we initially got on the storm was a rain core wrapping in and around the updraft. I had also talked to Ryan about the temperature-dewp0int depressions. I figured this problem would go away towards evening, so at the time it wasn't a major concern. Long story short, I was extremely surprised and disappointed that we didn't get any tornadoes. The storm would cycle through and I would think this is the one and then it would start all over again. Ryan and his buddy he brought along kept relaying tornado warnings and reports to me that they were getting from their dad back in Kansas. I later discovered that there was only one confirmed tornado in Kansas, but at the time, I was shocked that they were getting tornadoes in Kansas and we were getting nothing in west central Oklahoma. Until I found out that there weren't tornadoes in Kansas, I was pretty devestated. I thought I had completely lost any skill or talent I once had had at forecasting. Not to mention the fact that I dragged Ryan on a 600 mile bust when we could have gotten tornadoes within two hours of home. I feel a little better now that I know the forecast flopped everywhere(at least for tornadoes), but Saturday was still a lesson in humility for me. After busting on Thursday, my confidence is getting pretty low. I'm not looking for any relief with this closed low setup on Thursday either. I have a terrible habit of botching the forecast on closed lows, but hopefully I will redeem myself some time soon.
BTW I would put pictures up, but others have already posted the same stuff I got.
 
EDIT: I just updated my website with a few pictures from April 1st and 6th. No big deal - no giant
tornadoes but a shot of hail and a couple of somewhat interesting storm shots.

Hopefully this crazy year will pull a bit back into the southern plains and give me a shot of
chasing in Tx or outside of the hills and trees.

http://www.tornadoxtreme.com/2006_Chases/A.../april_1-6.html

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Headed out with Gene Moore early Saturday with initial target Childress to set up and monitor initiation. We made good time. There in Childress we hooked up with Bill Combes and David Douglas and stopped and grabbed some food. I had the pleasure of finally meeting Tim Marshall, and his friend Sean. I was expecting initiation near 21z and somewhere around that time convection started to our southwest on cue. At this point I'd like to say that pretty much all model products (least that I had looked at) had indicated favorable potential for not only supercells but also tornadoes during the day along the dryline. To keep it short, lets just say that all ingredients appeared to be there on the model products as well as in much of the live data. Note before leaving Childress we had many readings of -13 to -10 lifted indices south of our area per Goes quantitative satellite. We left Childress with Bill and David in tow after providing them with a radio for communications with us. Anyway we shot southwest and intercepted the first building cell on southwest side near Tell. As we approached the lowered base / wallcloud and town we passed some chasers along the way including Jeff Piotrowsky on the side of the road. The setup looked ideal, and we were expecting quick intensification and a tornado to form soon.

Basically that never happened. The cell just started raining and outflowing on the southern end with a bit of lightning in the precip as well were underneath it. We managed to work our way a bit further to the southwest of Tell Here my inverter started going on the blink, but with a little effort managed to get it back on line. However I made a note to replace it and get a better one - which I did yesterday.

We followed this HP blob to the east as it worked it's way up toward Childress and Paducah. From Paducah I believe we went north where there was an intense precipitation core in progress that was very dark and appeared to have some decent wind in it as well. I thought perhaps it was some type of microburst. We waited for that to pass and drove on up into it as it was trailing away where we found some good hail all over the place. Largest stones that we measured were 3" and we took some photos of us holding them. Another cell was coming up to merge from the southwest and it appeared some area to our east had some potential as Threatnet was also showing shear increasing in that area. We thought the merger might be favorable so we cut back south and from Paducah took a road to the northeast that went through Swearingen and on to Quanah. In this area we just drove on into the cores and precipitation was all around with light hail and flooding along the roads, fields, and especially ditches on sides of road. At one point it appeared that Threatnet was all messed up didn't match reality, but it was confusing. We decided to ignore Threatnet and go on what our eyes were telling us as Threatnet also showing rotation directly ahead toward Quanah as it was getting dark. Basically nada. Cut on over to Vernon and stopped at Brahms to eat, and then the long drive home as 1 tornado warning was finally occurring in KS.

So, April Fools I suppose - we got suckered. Not really a bust cause we got the fun of the chase, tested the equipment, met some good people, had good food, and even got 3" hail, but still no tornado - which of course is my main end goal when I go out. I enjoyed it but would have enjoyed it better with some big tubes, and let me just say that I though Saturday appeared to have the potential that apparently Sunday ended up having. Even SPC got suckered, so we were in good company. It was amazing to see all the parameters and indices just somehow miss it.

I think a good post analysis of why there was no tornadic on Saturday is in order. We did note that west of Vernon looking up at the towers they didn't appear to be sheared, and they also didn't appear to be rock hard. Perhaps it was lack of cyclonic curvature on the short wave, perhaps earlier storms had stabilized the area a bit? Perhaps the wave was really late (don't think so). I believe that somehow the storms weren't able to utilize a boundary to increase their effective SRH and go tornadic. That's all I can figure. Other thoughts are welcome.
 
I took the NW Oklahoma choice today and after filling up the tank and my belly in Woodward, I headed on to the panhandle area. I got to the Elmwood area as a svr warned storm was moving NE from Perryton,Tx.. I headed north to hwy 64 so I could head back east and catch back up to the cell. By then it was already about to cross into Kansas. As I continued east another cell was svr warned for Woodward County, I thought about diving south but with it moving 45 mph I decided to continue east and hopefully intercept as it reached hwy 64. By then another cell had already developed to it's SW. Both produced a funnel as they got in the hwy 64 area but that was it. I believe these are the two cells that merged as they headed into Kansas, I'm not positive since I don't have radar on board yet but they where sorta bumping each other already. Anyway I started to follow them up into Kansas but decided I really didn't want to head up there as it was already pretty dark and wanted to follow storms back home to Tulsa. I headed back down to 64 again and headed towards the Freedom area for another svr storm coming up from Sharon? at 55mph I think it was reported(what happened to the expected 25 mph movements geeezz) anyway it was non-eventfull too.After that it was catch up to the storm lines and follow it home which they beat me home by 30 minutes and also pruduced a short lived F1 tornado a mile from my house in Tulsa... hmmm somethings wrong when the only Oklahoma tornado for the day happens a mile from home and you just drove 600 miles looking for one. I'm not complaining because I always enjoy the scenery and any storm with or without a tornado...

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You can't beat some of the chase sunsets
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