Chase Date: May 24, 2014
Andrew Newcomb, Connor McCrory
Miles Logged: 718
States Chased: TX
Changed Andrew Newcomb's tire before the shelf cloud got us.
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks
Started the morning out in Midland, TX doing laundry and taking our time before heading out around 12:30-1pm.
Jari and I headed through Midland then got stuck on the storm coming up from Odessa. We ended up heading north and got into some small hail near Gardendale, TX.
After playing in that mess for a few minutes, we dropped south to I-20 then towards I-10 to intercept the storms down near Fort Stockton as they looked the most intense on radar. The problem with chasing down there is there simply is no roads. We ended up on the service road as a tornado warned supercell came towards us. Unfortunately we couldn’t see it until it was almost on us, and when we did we realized it had a shelf cloud and was outflow dominant.
We continued east on I-10 where the speed limit was an awesome 80 MPH, and got off near Sheffield onto TX Highway 349 and headed south. The terrain was quite hilly at this point and we got a decent view of the storms from a hilltop. I made the mistake of leaving my phone on the roof of my car trying to get signal and drove off with it on there. It fell off onto TX-349 and managed to actually be fine for almost an hour as we got about 15-20 minutes down the road before I realized it was missing and we drove back to where it was and found it on the road.
We found a nice place to setup and Jari got some decent lightning photos as the next shelf cloud rolled by. Andrew Newcomb and Connor McCrory showed up, and Andrew had a flat tire so we raced against the storms to get it changed in time. Luckily I had a lug wrench because his new car did not.
We pretty much gave up for the night at this point. Jari and I had Allsups burritos for dinner in Iraan before heading all the way back to Norman.