Thursday, April 9, 2015

First Bust on the Books

After two excellent chases, the atmosphere struck back with a day that ended up being extraordinarily difficult to forecast for. Daytime convection yesterday across W-Cntrl Oklahoma limited the eastward progression of the dryline, with initiation starting in the TX Panhandle. After initially N running through Enid, we began stair-stepping up roads towards Alva to get ahead of a cluster with an interesting tail-end cell heading into Kansas south of Medicine Lodge. At that same time, a lone cell near Arnett went tornado warned and caused us to make a horrible decision and drop south instead of north in Alva. The south storm shit the bed near Camargo and our northern storm spat out multiple tornadoes with monstrous structure near Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Bad luck of the draw on the first major chase day of the year so far. This weekend into next week looks to continue the favorable flow regime for severe weather, meaning a couple of redemption chases are likely on Sunday and possibly Thursday. Stay tuned for more updates.