Storm Chasing 2020: All of the Rest

I’ve written up chase logs of each of my favorite six storm chases from a pretty quiet 2020 – the April 11 supercell near Haskell, TX; the April 21 big hailer near Canadian, TX; the April 22 large tornado near Springer, OK; the May 13 shelf cloud in southwest OK; the May 22 weak tornadoes …

Chase Log: August 31, 2020 – A Hailer At Home

Sometimes, you travel to chase the storm. Sometimes, the storm hits your home. On the last day of August of this year, we got a little bit of both – a Highway 9 supercell that stalled right over Norman and produced some of the wildest weather I saw in what was a pretty crazy year. …

Chase Log: May 22, 2020 – Tornadoes in Northwest Texas

This is going to be a doozy of a chase log. Not only will we be discussing a beautiful supercell that produced multiple tornadoes, but we’ll be talking about walkie talkies, me yelling at Jason, and a “poop emergency”. The final real chase of the 2020 season ended in a fitting way – with a …

Chase Log: May 13, 2020 – Southwest Oklahoma Shelf Cloud

Elizabeth and I spent all morning waffling back and forth about whether or not it would be worth it. Despite the fact that James was waiting to go, the storm outlook on May 13 was a bit “meh”. More than anything, I was unenthusiastic about weak deep-layer wind shear that would prevent storms from maintaining …

Chase Log: April 22, 2020 – Springer, OK Tornado

Sometimes, you embark on a chase knowing everything has to time exactly right for you. I’ve had a lot of chases like that, and they never worked out for me before. That almost kept me home on April 22, but after leaving on a whim, I ended up scoring big. After a long day before …

Chase Log: April 21, 2020 near Canadian, TX – the Hail Chase

I was bored. It was already mid-to-late April, and we were trapped in a pattern that encouraged absolutely beautiful weather and not much moisture from the Gulf. Naturally, I was losing my mind in quarantine. I didn’t need much encouragement to get out and chase, and a low-moisture, high-based supercell threat in “God’s country” of …

Chase Log: April 11, 2020 near Haskell, TX

The first chase of the year assumes a magical quality. After a long fall and winter, there is nothing that raises my spirits more than the feel of mid-60s dewpoints, the sight of the Rolling Plains as far as the eye can see, and towers rising out of the cumulus field all around you. For …

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