April 9, 2008 Texas Storm Chase
of a tornadic supercell from near Abilene, Texas through Breckenridge to northeast of Gainesville, Texas

 

I left around 4am with my initial target just to get to North of Dallas and figure it out from there. At Sherman, TX I decided to continue West and Southwest towards Abilene. I actually traveled down there nearly the exact same way I chased home. From Sherman I headed West on Hwy 82 to Gainesville and then SW on 51 through Decatur. I then took 380 to Jacksboro and down to Graham and through Breckenridge and down to I-20. I got to I-20 around 2pm and thats about the time the first storm popped up southwest of Abilene. Here is the storm that produced tornadoes near Abilene and Breckenridge early on its life.

More storms began developing a bit further south as well

The storm quickly organized and I positioned myself just NW of Abilene. By 315pm the storm had been tornado warned and I saw a low hanging wall cloud begin to appear through the rain to my SW.

As the wall cloud approached it seemed to become a bit less organized and the rotation with it was pretty weak.

The wall cloud got even more strung out as it moved overhead but just after it passed over there was some reorganization and there was serious rotation nearly nearly right over my head.

I then got back on the interstate but I was looking at radar while behind a 18 wheeler and missed my planned exit so I lost a good 10 minutes having to get back where I wanted.

I finally got on Hwy 351 and headed NE from Abilene. The storms to the south then came into play. I was in the small area between them for a while but eventually I was overtaken. I decided to head continue NE to Albany and then toward Breckenridge. I tried to punch through the storm at Albany but it began hailing so I got back on 180 and continued toward Breckenridge. The radar was showing strong rotation with the storm just a couple miles to my SE and so I punched through the hook. I somehow didn't get any hail but the winds were strong out of the north. There were scud clouds just above the sug out of the north. There were scud clouds just above the su