Northern Oklahoma squall line and shelf cloud

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: July 29, 2013
Chase Partners:
Alec Scholten, Andrew Newcomb, Stephen Jones

Chasers Encountered:
None

Miles Logged: 368
States Chased: OK
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

I didn’t have very high expectations, but a day after my birthday chase and possibility of supercells was enough to get me to leave work early and head up to Northern Oklahoma.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to cut out of work early enough to get to the storms in Kansas when they formed, and I missed the tornado warnings and funnel cloud reported east of Pratt, KS. We had to settle for the squall line and shelf cloud as it entered Oklahoma north of Alva. We stayed ahead of the storms as they weren’t moving very fast, and went through Alfalfa and Grant Counties before dropping south to Enid where we ended the night at Buffalo Wild Wings.

The lightning show was pretty spectacular our whole drive home, but the cloud to ground lightning strikes were very rare and were hidden behind dust, rain and haze.

All in all a good July chase. It sure beats 110 degrees and sunny.