May 18 - Dumas, Texas
- TORNADO !! Today
was an awesome day. A moderate risk was issued for parts of the
Texas Panhandle and in mid afternoon a single storm fired up
near Dalhart. We chased it as it quickly grew into a massive
supercell storm that was slowly drifting northeast. We were sitting,
watching it as it produced a well defined but distant, slender
cone shaped tornado that lasted a few minutes before it dissipated
- Moving on, the storm took on the most
amazing shape and had the best looking structure I've seen in
a long time. It looked like an alien ship coming down to land.
The whole storm was rotating and was wrapped up with heavy rain
and huge hail.
- As we entered the town of Stinnet,
the tornado sirens were blaring and we spotted twin funnel clouds
snaking down from the sky just north of town. I don't know if
either of them touched down or not. There were other tornadoes
hidden in the rain, but the road network in that part of Texas
is terrible and there was no safe way to get close.
- We capped off a great day with a trip
to the Big Texan steak ranch in Amarillo for a celebratory steak
- I expect more action tomorrow, so it
might be another few days before I get photos posted up on the
blog. It's late now and I'm exhausted so off to bed I go.