This was a very interesting fall chase day with a really well developed supercell in SW OK that came very close to producing a tornado before it transitioned into a HP supercell and eventually grew upscale into an MCS which we followed home with some epic lightning views.
Sometimes, its the unexpected raindrop that scares storm chasers most.
As we approached a supercell, we ended up hitting the cells RFD with wind and intermittent rain — which hit the car as a quite sudden burst of rain. Needless to say, it caught us way off guard.
Some chases, things simply do not work out and some days the bust is so bad that even a general storm at home ends up being the highlight of the day, an hour before sunset.
This was a pretty nuanced day for forecasting, with a subtle outflow boundary draped across NW OK with shear plenty capable of producing supercells. However, weather models were not picking up on this environment very well with everything pointing towards the TX Panhandle. Regardless, we targeted the OFB and was rewarded with a tornado producing supercell near Chester, OK. This was an excellent chase day and a good example of a target that required some observational analysis to come through.
This was a solid start to the 2017 season with a dryline setting up very near I-35. As storms erupted, we followed a supercell which never quite got beyond initial organization stages. It tried to produce a wall cloud, but the limited moisture kept the base pretty high and benign except for a very brief moment before the RFD occluded. The day ended with some pretty storm towers and a hail core near Okemah.
As the first vestiges of spring set in across Oklahoma, the first storms of the year swept across the state. These marginally severe cells produced some brilliant lightning and marginally severe hail.
March into early April tends to be the busiest fire season in Oklahoma. Despite the fact we were on the east side of a dryline awaiting storms, a wildfire broke out near Langston. Since we were waiting for storms, we spent some time documenting this extreme weather event.
An ice storm caused damage in Western Oklahoma. We documented damage in and around Canton, OK.
Playing with a drone with beautiful winter landscapes in Oklahoma after a fresh snowstorm.