Central Oklahoma Supercells

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: May 28, 2019
Chase Partners:
Solo

Chasers Encountered:
None

Miles Logged: 200
States Chased: OK
Largest Hail Encountered: .75"
Highest Wind Encountered: 40MPH
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

I couldn’t chase but locally on the 28th because of work and a doctors appointment. Before my doctors appointment at 445 storms had already fired along the dryline. I had some concerns with veer-back profiles, showing up on the 17Z and 19Z OUN sounding as well as the VAD profilers at the radar sites.

Norman 17Z (Noon CDT) Sounding
Norman 17Z (Noon CDT) Sounding
KTLX VAD at 4:08pm CDT
KTLX VAD at 4:08pm CDT
Norman 19Z (2 pm) sounding
Norman 19Z (2 pm) sounding
KTLX VAD at 2:41 CDT
KTLX VAD at 2:41 CDT

 

With that said, I got done with my dr appt about 5:30 and headed up I-35 to the Kilpatrick and then west to intercept the storm that was tornado warned near Piedmont. I got right under the wall cloud near OK-74 and Waterloo road, taking that east and then stair stepping. Unfortunately a lot of the east/west road options were closed, especially once I was into Logan County. I was also behind a few vehicles that were much better equipped than me going slow, so eventually I had to bail on the storm and head back south as I could not find a suitable road east.

The RFD had surged out, kind of like you’d expect for those profiles above. A whales mouth was along the southern edge of the storm, and as I struggled to catch back up with I-35 and then OK-105, I decided at US177 to give up and drop south.

I dropped south through Shawnee and got to the southern storms as they were dying out. What a crappy chase day.