Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: May 27, 2020
Chase Partners:
Solo

Chasers Encountered:
JR Hehnly, Randy Denzer

Miles Logged: 967
States Chased: TX
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

Forecast

Cut-off low type system meandering the southern plains at the end of May. I have to chase it right? Not really, that didn’t go so well back in 2014.

But I was desperate. I had hopes and dreams of great moisture return as the NAM painted a few days out. Not to be had. Instead of having supercells with low LCL’s we ended up with a high based linear structures.

Chasing

I had a doctors appointment on Wednesday morning, and I didn’t want to cancel, so I reluctantly took the day off from work. This would be the first full day PTO I’ve used for chasing this season.

I was on the road south from Norman by 11am and made decent time. The express lanes on I-35W are an extremely welcome sight. I was able to speed right by the normal traffic pain points.

Loss of Data

After heading to Stephenville, I immediately lost data south of town. My last radar update was at 2:14 and I didn’t get data back until well after 5 pm. I had to use the weather radio and my GPS maps app to figure out where the storms were. Let me tell you, it’s a lot harder than I thought, especially in unfamiliar territory. Props to the old timers out there.

Finally Calling

At some point I called over to Bill Oosterbaan and he gave me a little radar update. I had voice service but no data service. Seriously considering finding new cell data service. I was north of Mason and decided to head east towards Llano. It had already become pretty obvious it was going to bust. A Central Texas Bust.

BBQ in Austin with JR and Randy

Decided to call it and met up with JR Hehnly and Randy Denzer for BBQ at the Bone Daddy’s in Cedar Park.