After two weeks of relatively inactive weather across the southern and central plains, finally an opportunity for another storm chase presented itself. April 30 had some promise for severe weather and I was anxious to do some travelling and chase in my favorite part of the country, the Texas panhandle!
A log of all the exciting storm chases I have been on!
Saturday April 14, the main event that the three of us were waiting for had finally arrived. A high risk day across the central plains, one that had already made the record books before it even began! The team was excited and we all thought and said to each other ‘if we don’t see a tornado today, we are doing something wrong!’.
Not every storm chase is an adrenaline pumping non-stop thrill ride of danger. While some storm chases yield some amazing weather early in the day when the chase first begun, others are a complete bust of epic proportions. Sadly April 12 was the latter, having not intercepted even the slightest rumble of thunder. GPS track of the [read more...]
Back to back chase days following the successful chase in southwest Oklahoma the day before didn’t leave much time to rest. But with a ‘Moderate’ risk of severe weather and the target area very close to home, how could I not chase on my own home turf? No tornadoes occurred within north Texas on March [read more...]
With much anticipation and planning, my first storm chase of the 2012 season on March 18 was a successful one! One tornado and one funnel cloud were observed, the funnel as it was occluding and the tornado during its entire 3 minute length. The entire trip took 15 hours 35 minutes, drove 772 miles, and cost $104.44 in fuel.
I will continue to keep these blog posts brief as it’s nearly 3am and I got back from a 15 hour storm chase only an hour ago.The entire region of north Texas including DFW is part of a Moderate risk of severe weather on Monday 3/19. The primary risk will be severe straight line winds, [read more...]
This will be another brief post… after looking at the 00z model runs of the NAM, I plan to target the area around Shamrock, TX for my initial chasing area on Sunday 3/18. Storms may initiate as early as 1 to 4pm local time in that area, with wind shearing becoming increasingly favorable close to [read more...]
This will be a brief review of severe weather parameters and storm chase potential this upcoming Friday 3/16 through Tuesday 3/20. The best looking area for severe storm development Friday 3/16 through Sunday 3/18 appears to be parts of west Texas into the eastern Texas panhandle. Personally I’m thinking the Childress, TX area would be [read more...]
Now that the 2012 astronomical spring is almost upon us, it opens the doors for storm chasing season in the great plains and this year I am ready! I plan to do as much chasing as my savings will allow this season, so check back frequently for updates on potential chase days I have scheduled. I [read more...]