Monster hail in Oklahoma City Metro

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: May 29, 2012
Chase Partners:
Solo

Chasers Encountered:
Colt Forney, Hannah Weddell, Shawn Kellogg, Scott McPartland, Dave Lewison

Miles Logged: 386
States Chased: OK
Largest Hail Encountered: 1.5"
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

After driving home from Nebraska the 28th, I ran around most of the morning on the 29th trying to get my truck fixed. I got the caliper bolts and expected them to take 15 minutes to replace, but had trouble getting a lug nut off.

JR Hehnly tried to help me and we ended up breaking a breaker bar. Discount Tire ended up breaking 2 sockets and had no luck. I ended up having luck at Ron’s automotive in Norman and they were able to break the lug nut and get the caliper bolts on. I replaced the lug nut and was in business.

By this time, it was lunch time so Ashley and I got lunch before I took her to the airport to go home. After dropping her off at the airport I headed up to Watonga as the atmosphere was definitely becoming very unstable.

Questions remained, but I thought the best area was north of Watonga up towards Grant and Alfalfa counties.

I made it to Watonga somewhere between 4 and 5 and topped off my tank. I finally got to meet Scott McPartland and Dave Lewison along with Hannah Weddell and Shawn Kellogg before heading out north towards the storms firing.

I ended up going all the way to Grant County, almost Wakita. The storm was attempting to wrap up, but the storms blowing up on its flank prohibited it from actually doing anything.

I slowly started making my way south before I realized I needed to get way south to get on the tail end storm in Kingfisher county.

I followed the storm into Edmond and then into NW OKC and all the way down to Mustang after dark.

I ended the night south of Union City and Minco watching the lightning show and letting the straight line winds hit me.