Jamie and I started out the day in Wichita, where we headed south,
west on 412 to Enid, OK. In Enid, we saw that the rain was still
hard. We grabbed a radar shot, as well as a satellite shot to see
edge of the cloudbank was at. At that point we decided to head west
Woodward, where the clouds seems to break. On the way, we grabbed
pictures every 20 minutes with Swift. It was nice to just have the
at that interval, as we were in a "scan mode" still. We
saw a few cells on
radar down near AMA, but knew we couldn't make it there. Once past
Woodward, we had problems getting data. We proceeded up 412, on
a path to
283. We got one radar shot of a nice healthy storm in Ochiltree
Lipscomb county TExas. Apparently (from a conversation with an Oklahoma
state trooper (Oops!!)) there had been about 10 other chasers that
using 412 at accelerated speeds... Anyways, we got to 283 and headed
to near Shaddock, OK. There, we ran into the Valpo chase team. We
another radar shot and the storm, now tornado warned with a classic
signature, was to our WSW. There was a nice bowl shaped lowering
some time. Aparently there had been some spin-ups under the lowering,
however we didn't see them. The storm was a beauty. Perfect inflow
and a nice anvil being lifted off to the NE. As the cell moved (slowly)
closer, it became completely wrapped in rain. It also decreased
intensity very rapidly. One of the members of the Shattock Fire
came over to talk and they were hoping for some rain, as they needed
badly. Just south of town we saw the University of California-Pennsylvania
chase team as well.
Apparently Shattock is the center for a severe weather center for
OK, and the panhandle of TX. They have a couple vehicles in their
fire/rescue department dedicated just to storm spotting.
Having looked at this awesome storm, we were ready to call it a
head for a hotel. From the morning, we had planned to head into
Friday. However, as they do, things change. We called Bob C. and
us in on what was going on to our west. A nice big beast was NNE
TX, with a TOR. We decided to head to Pampa to stay the night. The
lightning show was nothingshort of amazing. Absolutely fabulous
could see the updraft tower and the vault of the storm, all illuminated
lightning. *one note: If you're going to do lightning photography
the road with your lights off, get all the way off the !#$%#-ing
We nearly hit someone who was standing in the road with his tripod.
mention hitting a small bird, almost hitting a pair of turkeys,
a cow, and
two deer.... Careful if you take 33 everybody!
Once into town, it was aparent that the chase armada had beat us
couldn't find the phone #'s of any of the hotels on the way, so
door-to-door. One place that had a room available was well, not
humans... We got to the Best Western, and they had no rooms left,
last 9 rooms had just been reserved for a "Tempest Tours",
but we could have
them if they didn't get there by 10:30pm. One quick call to Bill
were just north of town watching the show, and I let them know they
about 30 minutes. I hope you guys made it!
Not being able to find a hotel, and starving, as we had not had
eat in a long time, we gave in to heading down to where I am typing
right now, in lovely AMA.
I've got a great connection right now (33.7k), but the SPC's site
be down. Looking from DuPage, appears to be a moderate out for Friday.
Grabbed some data, but my brain is jello, so I'm going to look in
Many thanks to Bob C for letting us know about the storm to our
helping us skirt it to the south, into Pampa.
Overall, was a great day. Saw just a great storm in the panhandle,
a lightning show like no other, near Pampa. Looks to be another