Canadian, TX Tornado

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: May 27, 2015
Chase Partners:
Jari Ylioja, Jena McShane

Chasers Encountered:
David Reimer, Paige Burress, Chris McBee, Stephen Jones, Alec Scholten

Miles Logged: 457
States Chased: TX
Tornadoes Witnessed: 4
Largest Hail Encountered: 1.25"
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

What an amazing day to cap off the end of my official “chasecation”, and probably one of the best of 2015 if not the best. Woke up in Childress with a target of Balko, OK but ended up driving leisurely to Perryton, TX before stopping for lunch in a nice cu field.

We had lunch at Subway before heading just south of town to time lapse the turkey towers going up. Jari took a time lapse video as the storm went up.

We headed back south on 83 towards Canadian. The storm had an original motion somewhat to the northeast, but basically sat stationary for the rest of the day, moving perhaps 10 miles to the southeast throughout the lifecycle.

We headed south to TX 23 and pulled off and witnessed the first cone funnel of the day. It’s inconclusive if it touched down, but it was quite persistent.

Then the storm morphed for at least an hour if not 2, and became to look outflow dominant and kind of crappy. It was at this point we finally bailed way south on 83 into Canadian and up US60 to get in better position.

The wall cloud finally reorganized and after awhile a nice cone tornado touched down and lasted for about 12 minutes. What a pretty tornado and an amazing storm. Jena and Jari both got a lot of photos and video of the tornado as it was on the ground for several minutes.

It looked like things would wrap up again after the nice ropeout, and so we stuck around for a bit, but eventually dropped south towards the next wall cloud and to upload video.

The storm ended up producing 2 more tornadoes along 83 just west of Canadian before we headed east again to setup again.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to see the horizon very well, but tried to get a train tressel in the foreground.

I setup tripods and closed the trunk on my car, and the back window shattered when I slammed the trunk since it had been damaged/bent earlier in the week. This kind of put an end to our day, and eventually we headed south towards Shamrock. The window finally came completely out south of Canadian, so we had to clean some of the glass out before heading to steak dinner in Shamrock.