04.24.10

Chase #4 Evaluation

Posted in Storm Chasing at 10:48 am by Rebekah

The Texas target verified on Thursday, and I saw my first tornado of the year!  It occurred out in the middle of nowhere, and according to the NWS it only damaged some power poles.  It was the strongest, most long-lived tornado in the panhandle that day (not including the wedge near Childress around sunset), rated at EF1 and lasting 20 minutes.

I will write up a full chase log and post photos and video on my website hopefully later this weekend (probably Sunday evening or Monday), but here’s a teaser:

EF1 tornado on 22 April 2010, near Goodnight, Texas (click to enlarge).

Now I’m off to Catoosa (just northeast of Tulsa) to attend a memorial event for the seven victims of the 24 April 1993 F4 tornado, the strongest tornado to ever hit the Tulsa area.  A 35-foot-tall metal tornado statue will be unveiled, and a large electric motor will cause it to rotate.  I’ll post pictures later today or tomorrow.

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