Just two weeks removed from our last supercell storm chase, a post-Christmas snowstorm brought a heavy band of snow to the OKC metro area. As always, Oklahoma is so pretty when a winter storm strikes.
It isn’t a usual occurrence to have a December storm chase, especially in a year that was otherwise just dreadful for supercells and tornadoes. But yet, 2014 had a final surprise to it when a storm system swept across Oklahoma and produced some supercells in a low cape/high shear environment.
December 14’s second storm was a supercell which was outrunning us in Central Oklahoma. This storm actually went on to produce a tornado after we lost it — the danger side of low cape/high shear days are the higher storm speeds, which makes keeping up with storms quite difficult.
As we moved from the supercell that had outran us towards developing towers further south along a surging cold front, we were treated to some colorful tilted updrafts as the sun lowered on the horizon. You can see how strong the shear was this day by how tilted over the towers were, which is a common trait of storms in a low cape/high shear environment like the one we were dealing with on 12/14/14.
As the storm chase day wound down, we found ourselves towards the tail end of storm development and ended up enjoying some incredible scenes of some incredible tilted towers and dramatic sky scenes as the sun lowered over the horizon.
Southern Plains snowstorms are always potentially treacherous. In 2014, we saw an early cold snap (you can see fall foliage on many trees in the video still) bring snow to central Oklahoma.
This late season storm chase was an all-timer. Incredible structure, weak tornadoes, and insane lightning — this was a day that kept on giving incredible photography well into the night.
This sequence in particular is not sped up whatsoever — but rather it is the full, real time display of an incredible amount of electricity from a supercell which was approaching Canadian, TX while we shot this segment.
If you are a storm photographer — June 22, 2014 is the dream scenario. A beautiful, highly electric supercell moving just barely south in an environment which supports isolated storm modes for hours.
There were a couple of brief tornadoes early on with this supercell, but the real show was the electric structure throughout the evening on what is one of the longest days of the year. You can bet we made the absolute most out of every second of daylight with this one.
June continued to give a lot of chase opportunities to storm chasers during the first week. On this day, supercells formed across the dryline in the Texas Panhandle. We ended up targeted one in the northern panhandle that ended up producing a barely visible tornado during a rapid transition to heavily HP. The structure was solid on this day but due to crowded storm modes and an eventual line, it never got to a point where it was really excellent.