Wednesday, April 29, 2009
This past Saturday I chased western Oklahoma with Robert Bonnell, Steve Miller(OK), Hans Schroeder, and Aaron Tuttle. I picked Robert up around 1:00 and headed out to meet the rest of the gang in Weatherford. The bulk of the chase was around Leedey, OK. Despite the lack of tornadoes, it was a great chase day that included many wall clouds a few funnels and large hail that I was happy to hide from. Below are a few of the better pictures from the day.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I had to pull the trigger on this chase. Things just looked too good to sit this one out. I pulled out of Tulsa about 3:15 and met up with Steve Miller and Hans Schroeder in Nowata, OK. From there we decided to head east to Vinita where we intercepted a good cell. At the beginning we were not too hopeful that anything would happen but as it rolled into town the cell began strengthening and developed a rapidly rotating lowering (shown in the first part of the video). The storm dropped a very brief tornado just east of Vinita.
From Vinita, we followed the storm up I44 to about 5 miles north of Afton where it developed a very well defined funnel cloud (shown in the last clip of the video). The storm tried to produce again but it just couldn't quite get its act together.
This ended up being a great chase. After a crappy year in 2008, 2009 is off to a good start. I've got the fever more than ever right now. Bring on the next system!
Vinita Wall Cloud
Afton Wall Cloud