- TORNADOES !!
- What a day! I'll keep it short for now because I need sleep
but here are the details:
- Saw 3 tornadoes in southeastern Colorado/Oklahoma
Panhandle. One was long lived and very photogenic. It was on
the ground for at least 20 minutes.
- We had the surreal experience of driving
down a dirt road, watching the tornado slowly heading our way
when we come across a herd of cattle, which turned into a STAMPEDE
of cattle. They were running along beside our van as we drove
south. I rolled down my window and could almost pet them. I've
never had my celebratory steak dinner come to me before!
- We intercepted the hail twice. The
first time, there was a lot of it, but it was not huge, up to
ping pong ball size. Later in the day, we encountered golf balls
with a few stray baseballs. At one point, we were getting back
into the van and a stray baseball whizzed by my ear. The whizzing
sound was very loud and scary. Time to go!!
- This storm lasted at least 9 hours
and the forecast for today was not even very promising. There
was only a slight risk with a 2% tornado probability and the
SPC was only calling for a "chance of marginal supercells"