Shelf Cloud in Central Oklahoma

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: March 25, 2015
Chase Partners:
Solo

Chasers Encountered:
Kevin Saunders, Bart Comstock

Miles Logged: 301
States Chased: OK
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

Definitely was watching the 25th for a few days out, and was targeting the dryline per the NAM solution the whole time. What wasn’t to like in late March? High CAPE, low to mid 60 degree dewpoints and lapse rates that were very high.

I left Norman around 2:30 and headed southwest to Chickasha before screwing around trying to find air for a low tire and then waiting for Sonic to bring me a beverage.

Ended up heading further south on I-44 towards Lawton. Got pulled over by the OHP for going 81 in a 75, but only got a warning.

I ended up going to Lawton then noticed some storms trying to go up around Wichita falls, so I headed towards Duncan to put myself in position to intercept if they got organized. They tried multiple times, and there was even a brief storm that popped near Duncan, but nothing was ever able to get organized.

As I sat south of Ratliff City the news of the Tulsa tornadoes started pouring in. A bit annoyed, I headed east to I-35 then north to head back to Norman. I stopped in Pauls Valley to fill up and buy food. News of the Moore tornado started coming in there. Really annoyed now, I headed northwest and setup for some pictures of the shelf cloud.

I finished the day off heading south to the Arbuckles near Turner Falls on the I-35 scenic overlook turnout and took some long exposures, capturing a few lightning strikes.