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SPC issues a mesoscale discussion for the TX panhandle. Tornado watch likely.
We left Iowa Park around 1:30 and reached our base city (Childress, TX) around 2:45. On the way up there we saw several little rain showers and extensive cloud cover over the target area. The "crapvection" finally moved off to the east allowing the sun to break through. It didn't take it long before towers started to build. At about 3:30 we start to see storms pop up on radar and we shifted our target area to Clarendon, TX.
Thunderstorms starting to show up on radar. Our GPS signal is the dot in the circle.
Hmm... That southern cell is looking better now.
BAM! The cell explodes and starts to go crazy. We decide now is that time to move. Luckily these cells were only moving north at about 17kts.
We reach Clarendon and the storm starts to look better. But it looks like it may be splitting, maybe we should watch that?
This is the base of the northern cell. There's a developing wall cloud there too.
A look over my shoulder to the cell on the south. Hmm...That looks like a wall cloud and even a funnel.
Hook echo on the northern cell and the southern cell starts to explode. We cannot chase this storm there are no routes north.
Violent rotation now. Thank God its only over an empty field.
Just a beautiful tornado and storm!
A radar image after the tornado passes through Goodnight, TX.
We did not have any Internet or satellite signal so there are no reflectivity or velocity scans. The storm takes the same path and heads mainly north. We decide to dump this one and head down towards Quanah where a tornadic HP supercell was expected to cross.
We get down to Paducah, TX but the storm is wrapped in sheets of rain. We did not have any visibility and there were reports of a rain wrapped wedge tornado. We decide to just head home.
What a day! A beautiful supercell, photogenic tornado and some awesome images! I couldn't think of a better way to spend a Thursday.
Check out Jason Brock's awesome timelapse of the tornado at http://www.holytornado.com
Thanks for viewing!