Tornado near Eliasville, TX

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: May 17, 2013
Chase Partners:
David Drummond, Bill Oosterbaan

Chasers Encountered:
Jon Stone, Brady Kendrick, Steve Miller (TX), Ric Burney

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. 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.