Chase Date: May 30, 2013
Stephen Jones, Jari Ylioja
Jeromy Carter, Skip Talbot, Jennifer Brindley, Nick Nolte
Miles Logged: 380
States Chased: OK
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks
When I saw storms firing along the dry line, especially near Chickasha, I really thought this day would be huge. Stephen, Jari and I hurried out (after sleeping in late) towards Chickasha and west. The initial storm we were on kept trying to get organized and had a huge wall cloud. The storm seemingly was wrapping up and moving slowly to the east.
I’m not sure what the problem was with the environment, but the storm became outflow dominant as it reached Chickasha. It then split east of Chickasha and the right split seemed to wrap up somewhat, but again, outflow by the time we got to Dibble.
We made the decision to drop south then towards the Marlow storm. What a beautiful structure this storm and the one behind it had. We stayed in the Marlow area for quite awhile photographing the structure and watching the storm cycle over and over.
At some point I flipped a U turn on a back road east of Duncan and high-centered my truck in a ditch drop off. Luckily another chaser (whos name I cannot remember) in a white chevy suburban rental was there and was able to pull me out quickly. Thank you to that chaser, whoever they were!
We headed south to Velma after that and then to Ratliff City where yet another cycle happened. Still no tornado, but it tried.
We dropped south to 53 and then east to I-35, opting to top the tank and drop south to the storms coming out of Texas.
By the time we got to the OK/TX border, the storm coming out of Texas was nothing more than an evaporating anvil.
Highlight of the day was dinner at Two Frogs grill in Ardmore.