Stroud, OK Tornado

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: April 14, 2011
Chase Partners:
David Drummond

Chasers Encountered:
None

Miles Logged: 431
States Chased: OK
Tornadoes Witnessed: 1
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

The chase day started in Norman when I got off from work at 1pm, and headed out with David Drummond. We got onto I-40 eastbound and got under some nice updrafts out by Shawnee, OK. We ended up following the same storm from there until Tulsa, watching it mature along the way.

We jumped onto I-44 near Chandler to reposition for the storm. Poor road networks made this the easiest way to stay with the storm at that point.

We ended up stopping in the service station area near Stroud, OK. Things were wrapping up quickly, and before we knew it a funnel dropped. We made a beeline for the turnpike exit at Stroud about a mile up the turnpike, and witnessed the tornado in the video above.

After the Stroud tornado, the storm continued to have an RFD outflow push appearance and never really did wrap up, despite all of the tornado warnings.

We gave up on that storm somewhere east of Claremore, and headed south to Wagoner to catch the next storm. The storm had a great wall cloud appearance west of Wagoner, and appeared to tighten up with the velocity couplet on radar, however, it never seemed to get the job done, and we gave up on the storm pretty quickly.

One last chance was a storm heading for south Tulsa metro area, so we headed up the Muskogee turnpike towards Tulsa, and ended up being cored pretty good in Bixby, OK. All in all a decent chase, and it was celebrated at Applebees after a very incredibly rude greeting at the Chilis on S Memorial Drive in Tulsa.

We returned to Norman around 1:30 am and I finally broke a curse/streak – I slept in my own bed after seeing a tornado during the day. That is an accomplishment I have not ever done prior to this chase.