April 29 - May 6, 2011
Oklahoma, and Texas
Randy Ryan and Tom Dolan
April 29, 2011 - Oklahoma City to Ardmore, OK
Landed in Oklahoma City and headed to Southern Oklahoma in preparation for
A slight risk area extended from Northeast Texas into Arkansas
for the day 2 forecast form the SPC. Saturday's plan is to
head towards Texas south on Interstate 35 and then move East on
Interstate 30 to Mount Vernon to stage at initially.
April 30, 2011 - Ardmore, OK to Atlanta, TX
worked our way south of Mount Vernon, Texas towards the developing
thunderstorms. Other storms were developing back towards the Dallas area
but we elected to stay with the isolated storm.
Randy at our staging area as we get ready to set off for our
Working our way south ahead of a tornado warned storm below.
Plan is to move below the storm and track Northeast as it moves past our
We arrived to observe the wall cloud work towards us from the
Wall cloud below cross the highway.
Wall cloud continues to move by our position.
We decided to move east towards Gilmer, Texas then we would head
North to re-engage the storm.
We stopped just south of the thunderstorm and observed the structure
of the storm between lightening flashes.
We videotaped the night chase from just North of Gilmer to within a
mile of the tornado crossing the road.
Below is the view of the rotation within the storm located at the
hook portion of the base reflectivity. Spotters had witnessed a
tornado just west of our location.
Preparing to pull over as rotation track is approaching the highway
from the west. Visible in the video capture below is the wall
cloud just beyond the tree line.
The video capture below illuminated by the lightening shows the wall
cloud beyond the service station.
Night Tornado Intercept Video link (coming soon)
The tornado up rooted trees on both sides of the highway.
Picture of tree to the west of the highway that was uprooted by the
May 1, 2011 - Texas
May 2, 2011 - Texas
Headed south and visited the Gulf observing strong storms coming on shore.
Could not reach Galveston so we headed north.
May 3, 2011 - Texas
Visited IMAX and watched Tornado Alley Movie
May 4, 2011 - Texas to Kansas
Visited Greensburg on way to position for next day.
May 5, 2011 - Kansas to Colorado
Nice sunsets after chasing non-producing storms
May 6, 2011 - Kansas to Oklahoma
Partly cloudy weather day. Return.