- This day had us all worried. We started
off in Childress, TX in the morning and the Storm Prediction
Center had issued a very rare "high risk" outlook,
and the tornado potential was also at a rare 45% hatched forecast.
We were expecting a large outbreak of tornadoes, but luckily,
only a few were reported that day, including the one we witnessed
in Mangum, Oklahoma.
- We got up early to ensure we were prepared
and spent a long time waiting around in Childress. Eventually
a PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Tornado Watch was issued
for the region. We headed west and south out of Childress where
a couple of storms had fired up.
- Eventually one storm became dominant
and we followed along with it north and east from north-central
Texas into southwest Oklahoma. As we approached the storm from
the south nearing Mangum, OK, it was producing a large cone tornado.
Unfortunately visibility was very poor with a lot of moisture/haze
in the atmosphere and may hills and trees, so it was low-contrast
at points. As we got to Mangum, the tornado became thinner and
started to rope out. We split from the other chasers and continued
north through the town as the tornado clipped a few structures
on the north side of town.
- We continued with the storm as it was
still looking good toward Granite, OK. It produced strong circulation
that passed the road in front of us and into the field beside