Chase Date: October 22, 2010
Ric Burney, Kris Hair, Janette Bontempo, Brandon Sullivan, Colt Forney, David Goines
Miles Logged: 506
States Chased: OK, TX
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks
The 22nd looked to have potential from 4-5 days out. I started looking closely at this setup once it hit the NAM at 84 hours.
I took a half day off and left from Norman at noon and ended up heading out I-40 west in hopes the eastern Texas Panhandle would clear out. It didn’t, and eventually the SPC issued a Tornado Watchbox way further south in North Texas.
I was almost to the TX Border, and had planned on going to Shamrock and then south. I ended up bailing south before then and going down to Hollis and cutting through down to Quanah. I took a shortcut I had taken on April 26, 2009 on a dirt road. I found it to be completely impassable, and made a muddy mess out of my truck before getting through on a road a mile east.
I drove down to Seymour and got gas. The storms that were there were unimpressive and were definitely pulling in cold air. I basically ‘chased’ them until dark and gave up and headed to Wichita Falls where we ate at Chili’s.
All in all, a bust, but a decent chase for October.