to take a trip out to our friend Brian Stertz and
head out for a southern Kansas storm chase.
Little did we know that the storms would
fire much further south in Oklahoma. We played tag
with several tornadic storms going back and forth
trying to position ourselves with the storms that
were moving at 55 miles per hour. Not an easy task. Coming up right behind one
of the cells on Interstate 35, we intercepted a
storm cell that we let pass and observed fresh
fallen hail on the back side. Hail the size of
softballs were seen laying on the ground.
Eventually, we got within range of a tornadic cell
moving east on Interstate 40 in Central Oklahoma
near dusk. We could see a large, rotating wall
cloud in front of us that had a large tornado
extending down to the ground. This cell was
a long-lived cell that produced a tornado for many
miles along this highway. It was a long way
to travel for a one day show. It had its
frustrating moments due to the storm speeds and
missing some tornadoes that continued to be just
out of reach, but the hail encounter and tornado
at dusk made the trip worthwhile.