Chased with Scott Bell today. We
left thinking we would head west on I-40 and jog north towards
Woodward, Ok or south towards Childress, Tx. I had been thinking
the area from Woodward and just west of there would be the prime
area. Once we got past Elk City I noticed that there were some
cumulus going up along the dryline from just into southwest
Kansas all the way down towards Big Springs, Tx. More importantly
was the area of enhanced cumulus that was near Lubbock, Tx. Once
we saw this we decided to head for Childress, Tx. From there we
would be in good postition to get onto anything that came out of
the enhanced cu field.
While we were going through
Childress the first radar echoes began showing and just past
Childress we were able to see some thin wispy anvils just after
4pm. A little after 430pm the cells began to show up stronger on
radar and we centered in on a storm that was on the northern end
of the area of showers and shown below.
and satellite and radar with position estimate for same time.
By this time, however, our storm
was now basically in a bunch of other crap and becoming somewhat
indiscernible so we questioned for a few minutes on whether to
shoot south and get on a nice storm just a bit farther south. We
were a bit hesitant but finally we started south. We were on Hwy
273 and we took that to Hwy 2473. From there we went about 6
miles to Hwy 1443 south. Luckily though we didnt make it far
enough before we looked to our right and saw this!
We were within a couple miles of I-40. We pulled over for a couple minutes then decided to go ahead and backtrack towards the t