05.15.13

Chase #1: Southwest Texas!

Posted in Storm Chasing at 1:59 am by Rebekah

Today we started off in Olton, Texas, visiting and making new friends last night, and then headed south to points south of Midland in the southwest part of the state.

We were excited to see anything this season, and were happy to see a few severe thunderstorms, hail, decent structure, a few gustnadoes, and lightning before it turned into a nice squall line and we ultimately stopped to spend the night in Abilene to position ourselves for tomorrow’s chase.

Here are some photos from the day.

Severe thunderstorm over a field of cotton just east of Crane, Texas

Just after we got pounded by the core, with dime and nickel and the odd quarter-sized hail

Outflow structure on a mini bow echo storm and green sky near Big Lake

Closer view of the shelf cloud

Another view

We drove about 480 miles over 11 hours today, and also saw 3 raccoons crossing the road tonight. 🙂

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