Friday, May 4, 2012

Hwy 83 5 States, 3 Storms

Entry: April 29th 2012 Chase 2

Well the plan really changed as the dryline setting up in NM fell short into the Midland/Odessa TX area giving us a whole new plan. Today was going to be a casual let's chase anything on the way down to Elk City, OK, to set us up for the following day. A cu field seemed to be blanketing Northeastern CO into Southwestern NE,and as we caught up the clouds began to merge into an area of great moisture convergence. Yuma to Wray Colorado we saw the only cell on radar at the moment trying to punch the cirrus cap and slowly it worked through the pelius layers. We followed this cell that recycled its energy leaving a high base with a curtain of rain.

At this time there was a line of convective storms beginning to bow out near Garden City, KS than finally went severe. Meanwhile we left the cell all by it's lonesome and headed south from Nebraska to Northwestern KS where we saw radar showing a better cell with dbz showing hail markers. This was being spawned from an outflow boundary for the stuff further southern KS. Oakley, KS was a very promising cell for some hail, but we didn't make there in time to see if there was any hail falling. I'm sure a pea or two fell. 

Back to the plan where we originally were going to go, Clovis, NM, there was the tornado warned supercell of the day moving west/east near Lubbock, TX. On Satellite it was as large as a hurricane and all we could do to enjoy it was hope the other cells spawning in TX panhandle would make it's way towards us. The moon was out and lightning strobed in all directions from surrounding storms. We decided to stop south of Canadian, TX to timelapse lightning and a solid looking supercell near Pampa. It had a beautiful hook than weakened as it got to us while sitting on Hwy 83 north of Wheeler, TX. An impressive roll cloud rolled through the skies and we were done. We arrived in Elk City, OK.
Video of Pampa Supercell Rolling!
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1 comment:

Wendell L. Malone said...

Was hopping that April 29th would end up being a local chase day for me here in southeastern New Mexico...not to be. The dryline ended up lighting up around the Lubbock, TX area with a couple of monster supercells forming. Lots of tennis ball to baseball size hail reports, and a few soft ball reports. The Wolfforth Mesonet station (located 7 miles southwest of downtown Lubbock) measured a peak gust of 95 mph, and baseball size hail accompanied the wind. Damage is running into the millions.