- Another high risk day. We drove from Oklahoma to eastern Arkansas
where tornadoes were expected to be the major threat of the day.
The first storm we intercepted was a tornado warned supercell
in Beebe, Arkansas. A wall cloud approached the town as we sat
and observed in a church parking lot. The town's tornado sirens
went off, but no tornado touched down. We tried to keep up with
the storm, but it was moving too fast.
- We kept dropping south to catch the
next storm in the line until we were eventually approaching Memphis.
This storm had a great shape on radar and produced a brief tornado
that went right over our heads. It was not that photogenic, but
the funnel cloud was most of the way to the ground and there
was small bits of debris falling from the sky. Some of our team
even videotaped the spray ring where the tornado was in contact
with the surface of the Mississippi flood plain. At one point,
I thought the tornado was going to touch down very close to our
location on I-40, then it actually looped back into the clouds.
I've never seen a funnel cloud do this before.
- We kept chasing the storm through Memphis
until it got dark.