05.11.11

Chase #6 – Heading Back!

Posted in Storm Chasing at 6:19 pm by Rebekah

The cap won today in western Oklahoma. Yesterday it looked like today would be a fairly promising dryline day, but some early day convection kind of messed things up.

High clouds rather quickly spread over western Oklahoma this afternoon, and Jeff and I drove all the way out to just west of Buffalo (pretty much at the eastern edge of the Oklahoma Panhandle) only to see a line of mushy cumulus trying to get going but failing under the cirrus.

We’re on our way back to Norman now. It was disappointing to not see any storms in northwest Oklahoma, but at least we saw some rain, hail, and lightning, just north of Oklahoma City on our way up here!

The Storm Prediction Center has just issued a Mesoscale Discussion for this part of Oklahoma and southwest Kansas, mentioning that if convection can get going we could have some supercells. However, I’m not buying it right now (at least that we would have storms before dark), and I’d rather not wait around much longer when there aren’t even any solid cumulus congestus.

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