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Erik and I chased in south eastern Oklahoma yesterday. We pulled in to Tushka, Oklahoma after a very large wedge tornado went trough the town. We pulled up at a house that had been completely destroyed by the large tornado. Police and EMS workers were on the scene and asked if we would help in Search and Rescue. They had 2 people pulled out of the rubble, sadly 1 had died, the other was in critical condition. After about an hour of searching we came across the body of the missing person.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the people effected by yesterday strong storms.
Yep, we’ll be chasing tomorrows set up! Looks like mainly an East Oklahoma set up. Click on the TornadoVideos.net logo to the right to watch our live stream!
This upcoming Thursday, Friday and Saturday is looking pretty good for chasing. Specifically Saturday is looking like the best day so far. Friday is also looking like a pretty significant day.
Back to Saturday though, SSE Surface winds with S 850′s, could prove to be a pretty big tornado day. I’m upping the chances to 90%. Lets get us some tubes!
They day started out in San Antonio. I made a phone call to Aaron to see if he was going to chase and looking at the models he decided that the chance of a big day was not that good and he was going to take this day off and nowcast for me. I had a good feeling about the day so I decided to chase. I headed north on I-35 in Oklahoma when I noticed that storms were firing in northwest Oklahoma. I was about a hour behind schedule and I was fine with that. I was hoping for storms to fire down the dryline but after 30 minutes and no storms firing I decided to go after the one cell that was quickly turning into a supercell. I caught up to it just north of Enid, Oklahoma just in time to see a nice inflow tail and wall cloud. About this time the storm speed quickly picked up and now we were on the chase. I followed the supercell with great structure to just north of Newkirk, Oklahoma. The Storm was looking awesome and had a nice wall cloud with it. Next thing I know I look down at the radar and I have no data and the road network was getting bad. I decided to take the safe road and went north of the storm into Kansas. The storm speed took off and we could never catch up to the cell again. I ended the chase and headed back. Great L.P. Supercell with great structure.
We’re watching some possible chase days coming up. Nothing is looking really impressive though. We’ll post here if that changes or if we decide to chase
Erik Fox is out in central Texas right now on a massive supercell! Watch live by clicking the TornadoVideos.net logo to the right!
Today has a very dangerous set-up in Louisiana later on this evening. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly “great” chasing grounds, so we’re going to be sticking here in North East Texas. We’re going to be leaving around 1:00pm heading for Greenville, Texas. If we need to adjust, we will from there. Of course, like always, you can watch our steam live over at http://TornadoVideos.net or just click on the TVN logo to the right!
What? A February chase? Okay! We started out in Gainesville, Texas around 10:00pm, the dryline was overhead pushing through fast. We caught up with it, heading east on one of my personal favorite highways, 82. We hit Texarkana and stopped and had some lunch. We had about 15-20 minutes to eat before the storms hit us. We gas’d up and headed more east towards Lewisville, Arkansas. We pulled over and watched the radar as the line of storms started heading even more south. At this time, I was worried because the northern storms in the line seemed to not have any “punch” in them at all. The southern storms, however, looked ripe, and were gaining energy fast. We headed more east as the line caught up with us to El Darado, Arkansas. There, we met up with Kris Hair, Ric Burney, and David Reimer. After watching some storms on radar that seem to get a nice hook in them, and then dissipate, it was getting dark. We decided to head south and intercept the somewhat “twisting” storms before nightfall. Well we intercepted it alright. Literally blinding rain (Our wipers could not get the water off as fast as it was coming on) and 65+ mph winds hit us head on.
To give an example of how much water was pouring on our windshield, go take 3 buckets of water, pour one on your window and as your windshield wipers start pour the second and third. Yeah, it was like that.
After that, we decided to head on home. A bust. But hey, it was February!
Well, we’re (Well, Erik at least) is chasing today. Hoping that storms will be able to fire. You can watch live by clicking on the TornadoVideos.net logo to the right!