Sunday, April 13th saw a sharp cold front move through the state and crash its way south, and out in front of it the ingredients for severe weather took shape and brought rain, hail, heavy winds, and even three small tornadoes. Oklahoma hadn't had a tornado warning in over 300 days, the last being the El Reno tornado day on May 31st. This time though it was much less of a risk, if storms fired at all. To the north in Oklahoma City a linear squall line broke out bringing pea sized hail and heavy rains, but to the south storms were expected to be more discrete as the dry line moved east ahead of the cold front. It pushed the triple point down to the Ardmore area and developed some impressive super cells that soon went linear.
As for my chase, I went south to Pauls Valley and hung around there for quite a while and then moved south and west to Ratliff City, then ended up east of Duncan somewhat. As the day wore on and storms were developing to the north I got impatient, concerned I wouldn't see any storms at all. I drove north and captured some pretty good photos at the south end of the line, but just as I caught tail end charlie, storms kept developing to the south and I quickly found myself along the front line of thunderstorms. Finally I dropped to the south and got on a tornado warned storm, but I was directly to the east and I couldn't get around to the south side before the storms filled in. Here are a few photos from Sunday's chase.
Officially it was the second chase of the season, but to me it was the first real chase of the 2014 Spring season. A warm front was advancing its way northward while a dryline was pushing its way eastward, creating conditions for a stormy day. A tornado watch had been issued for the area around 3pm and it would last until 10pm for a sliver of territory ranging from Western Oklahoma all the way up to Eastern Missouri, but there was no guarantee that there would be any storms at all. I drove north through Kingfisher, up to Hennessey where I made my first stop of the day. After looking at the forecast models again, I figured the storms would fire a little farther north so I drove up to Helena and ultimately ended up along the Oklahoma/Kansas border when the first storm developed. I raced north only to see it give way to a second storm that had developed to the southwest. I then drove west of Anthony, KS and waited for it to come to me. It was a fairly quick moving storm but was heading more n/ne so I was able to intercept it fairly easily. I ended up getting a lot of good photos and although I didn't see any tornadic activity the chase was far from a bust. I also ended up getting some video of a wall of dust coming at me from the downburst of winds underneath the storm.
Click an ad to support this site!