Thursday, April 24, 2008

Splish Splash

April 23, 2008
Hailstorm on I20 south of Gordon, TX

As we drove west to catch the Abilene storms a new supercell went up to our south. Sometime being late to the show gets the ticket.

I'm just glad we found some cover and it held up. I think I found 1 dent from a bouncing stone.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Ice Machine

April 17, 2008
Weatherford, TX hailstorm approaching 180 and 20 and fixing to bomb the car dealerships. I manage to stay ahead as I move back to 20 and Bryant Irvin. Luckily for me the size of the hail decreased in my location.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


April 7, 2008 Wall-cloud video.

Storm Electra!

Limited Moisture is all that kept this from being a moderate risk. But on my day off wind profiles like today's were too tempting to not chew on. Target was Wichita Falls. Luckily I noticed a nail in my right rear tire before leaving or things might not have turned out as well.

As we approached SPS we noted fattening towers to the west. We gassed up and continued up 287 and several cells merged in one large beast near Electra. We moved to the south side of town and watched a wall-cloud form as it moved straight at us.

As we moved back to the west side of Electra it turned into a merry-go-round with tornadic rotation. We were blocked from seeing any ground contact but later saw a cone wrapped in the rain. I'll have to review the video that mike shot of this as I was driving at the time.

Nice Wall-Cloud forms.

Close up!

Baylor county storm before getting cut off.

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Storm Deliverance

March 31, 2008. Target today was Gainsville, TX but quickly shifted east as storms went up near Grandbury and moved towards DFW.
We eyed the northern storm in southeast Denton, co and got on it in McKinney just as it died.
Next we turned to the best storm which was just north of the Red River, up Hwy 75 and followed it to Hobart and beyond before giving up on a winding back road seemingly from the movie "Deliverance".

Best shot of the day was at sunset as the front lit up.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New Timelapse

I put together a short video from March 17th. Just some timelapse set to music. Enjoy!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Big Country!

Things really didn't look great today, looked like too many storms moving along and north of the front, but since it was a Monday and I was off we just had to get out. We originally targeted Stephensville to Mineral Wells but the dryline was taking it's sweet time. So Abilene made more sense if we wanted to see a storm before dark . We met Tim Marshall along with other chasers also from DFW that had made the trip to the "Big Country" at the local Denny's for a bite while we waited for something, anything to happen.

Finally something appeared on the old radar southeast of us so we were all off on the chase down Hwy 36 to intercept. We settled in front of the storm just west of Oplin for some pics. A rain foot told most of the story here and the storm was moving mostly to the north and it's high base kept splitting so we left in favor of the next storm.

We exited east then south on Hwy 283 for Coleman and the next storm which was starting to look better. Once again this storm was splitting and heading north so we took Hwy 84 northwest for a better view. Soon we could see a wallcloud off to the west and watched several attempts to produce but the best show was the lightning.

One big problem today was that it seemed that every storm was "tornado warned" by the San Angelo office. This definitely did not verify in the field and cluttered things up quite a bit. It's hard to know what's really going on when you can't trust the warning on day's like this. Still a fun chase.