Hail and Tornadoes in Hale County Texas

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: October 12, 2012
Chase Partners:
Lindsey Farias, Jeff Duda, Alec Scholten

Chasers Encountered:
David Reimer, Jenny Brown, James Menzies, Adam Lucio, Jonathan Williamson, Stephen Jones, Jon Stone

Miles Logged: 742
States Chased: OK, TX
Tornadoes Witnessed: 2
Largest Hail Encountered: 2.5"
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

A good late season chase which seemed all but normal. The 4 of us headed west on I-40 and arrived to fog and cold air in Amarillo before dropping south across the warm front to Plainview where we hung out for a long period of time at the McDonalds before heading a little further north and sitting by a farm field along I-27 with horses.

Eventually storms were able to fire north of Lubbock and we dropped back south to intercept, encountering some large hail in Hale County. The roads were quite wet and so it limited our options to pavement only even in a truck. Eventually we took highway 37 east from I-27, running into some flooding on the road and almost hydroplaning. A fellow WDT employee Brandon Lawson had hydroplaned off the road and into the ditch so we stopped, but he was able to get out under his own power so we continued.

The wall cloud and circulation was crossing the highway to our east and we slowed down to let it pass before going to highway 400 and heading north. We observed a short lived tornado to our west as we drove north.

We continued following this storm until dark and managed to get some great night time lightning shots before heading back to OK