WiLD Weather: Prime time on the plains

Prime time on the plains happens every year, at variable times, when the tornado season ‘peaks’ in intensity. This is usually because a storm system or series of systems sets everything up just right over the course of several days. During prime time on the plains, even the storms that would seem to be questionable any other time have to be watched for potential.

These are busy, frantic chase days — but they are very rewarding.

April 16, 2017 Storm Chase | Tornadoes near Chester, Oklahoma

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.

Fall Tornadoes! November 7, 2011 Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak (Vertical)

*Originally posted on IG*

A collection of some tornado shots from the November 7, 2011 outbreak in SW Oklahoma. Tornadoes include the Tipton, OK EF4 tornado, the Manitou EF2, the Saddle Mountain wedge, and the Ft. Cobb multi-vortex monster at sunset.

This was one of the all-time greatest fall chase days, you always expect greatness in the fall like this — but days like this only happen a few times a decade at best.