Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: May 17, 2013
Miles Logged: 470
States Chased: TX
Tornadoes Witnessed: 1
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:


This can be described as a forecast win. David Drummond arrived the 16th for a few days of chasing and Bill Oosterbaan was to arrive the 17th in the afternoon. I had a job interview in the morning and then came back home to David mentioning that there was an outflow boundary in North Texas just a couple hours drive to our south.

The more we studied, the more we thought there was potential for tornadoes. As soon as Bill Oosterbaan arrived we left, driving south on I-35 towards Texas. We approached the storm that had fired from the northeast. It was dropping hail pretty hard and we gambled and went through what appeared to be a hail core on radar.

Eliasville, Texas Tornado

We must have missed the hail by just a 1/2 mile or less, and came out into the south side of the storm south of Graham near Eliasville. A nice tornado was on the ground and we filmed one of the most awesome vortex breakdowns as it dissipated.

We dropped a little further south and watched as it tried to produce again, but never did. Eventually we got some incredible structure and lightning photos before it fully dissipated near dark.


Eliasville, Texas Tornado Video – May 17, 2013