Stephenville, TX Winds and Hail

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: April 24, 2015
Chase Partners:
Solo

Chasers Encountered:
None

Miles Logged: 785
States Chased: TX
Largest Hail Encountered: 2"
Highest Wind Encountered: 70MPH
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

There were 2 distinct targets this day, both of them had their issues. The northern target in Kansas was cut off from moisture return by ongoing storms in Oklahoma. The south target in Texas had amazing parameters but poor mid level lapse rates.

Ultimately I chose Texas, as that is just where the greatest potential to me seemed for tornadic supercells with very rich low level gulf moisture and a very strong jet nosing in from the SW.

I left Norman pretty early and hauled south, stopping only in Fort Worth to grab some in n out. A tornado watch was issued, and I realized I neded to get further southwest. In retrospect I should have taken I-20 west, but I headed down 377 southwest of out Fort Worth through Granbury and to Stephenville. Storms were firing to the west and quickly becoming severe, so I headed west towards Dublin and then onto Rising Star.

I intercepted the first storm near Rising Star, albeit with no data for the past 30-45 minutes. The storm was tornado warned according to the noaa weather radio, and as I quickly found out – HP as heck and moving at a quick pace – thank you strong jet stream coming in.

I spent the next hour or so going through rain and trying to stay ahead of the line, but ultimately being overtaken as I headed back through Stephenville. I had 80 MPH winds blowing tree branches and other debris through the air as well as golf balls being wind driven hitting off my passenger side as I drove south through Stephenville.

I dropped south in hopes of getting something a little more discrete, heading to Hico and then southwest, but quickly giving up as the storms to the SW were obviously dying out on radar and no longer even severe warned.

I headed back towards Dallas in the wake of a large MCS at that point, as I was stupidly going to try and follow this impulse to the northeast and chase the next day in TN/Southern IL. I arrived in Bryant, AR around 1am and slept till 8 when my alarm went off.