09.09.10

September Chasing

Posted in Storm Chasing, Weather News at 2:47 pm by Rebekah

Jeff and I went chasing in north Texas yesterday, with limited success.

In short, we first headed down to the Red River area, with low expectations. Neither of us had chased storms associated with a tropical system before, so we were not sure just what to look for. By the time we got to the Texas border, we had heard that there was a tornado near Colbert in southern Oklahoma. The storm that produced that tornado did not look like a tornado-producing storm, so we would not have known to go after it.

We got on a disorganized storm east of Denton, but it was difficult to tell what was going on as everything looked so messy. We soon saw there was a tornado-warned storm southeast of Dallas, and dove south. By the time we got there, the storm had produced a couple of tornadoes and there was another tornado-warned storm in downtown Dallas. This latter storm went on to produce at least one tornado, which has been rated EF2.

The Dallas storms actually had hook echoes and looked more like supercells. As we approached the downtown Dallas storm, we heard the tornado sirens go off…but by the time we got close enough, the storm had started to disintegrate.

On our way back north, we heard that there was a tornado spotted near Lindsay, near Gainesville (just south of the Oklahoma border). Again, the storm that produced this tornado did not look very well-organized.

I could not be very disappointed, as it was a difficult day due to the storms not being classic Plains supercells and to not being quite sure how to target storms associated with a tropical cyclone. I did learn a bit from it, though, and it was nice to just get out on the road again.

Today there could be some severe weather up in the Northern Plains. Tomorrow also looks like it could get interesting in eastern Kansas / western Missouri. Biggest problem at present appears to be weak low-level winds, in contrast to yesterday, when the low-level winds were quite high. Might go up to eastern Kansas, if it looks favorable enough by tomorrow morning…

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