Chase Date: August 12, 2011
Miles Logged: 369
States Chased: OK
Highest Wind Encountered: 50MPH
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks
I had the day off as I was getting ready to pack for Indonesia, but the severe threat to areas of Oklahoma City and to the northwest into Kansas were quite good, and definitely worth a drive to possibly southern Kansas.
I finally finished packing and getting ready for my trip around 3 pm and loaded up the truck and headed north. Storms were already starting to fire soon after I left the OKC area and headed up I-35. Brandon Sullivan was on the storms as they went up near Dodge City, and most definitely experienced some of the worst of the damage as 80 mph winds blew apart structures and brought tree limbs down.
I headed towards Enid then northwest to Cherokee and the Kansas border. I ended up setting up right on the Oklahoma/Kansas border north of Amorita, OK and shot video & pictures of the shelf cloud coming at me. Because we’ve been so dry, it brought with it quite a lot of dust.
I stayed ahead of the storms and shot quite a few shelf cloud pictures, and some lightning pictures once it started getting dark. They can be found by clicking the photo gallery link above.
I returned to Norman as the storms were rolling in, and set up on the west side and shot a few more lightning pictures before calling it a night as I was travelling to Indonesia the next day.