Insects & Storms

19 May 2017

Unfortunately, early morning storms looked like they may temper the more severe weather threat later in the afternoon. However, it did mean we were treated to a rumble of thunder before we even left the motel. By the time we did leave, it was just raining hard. We don’t like rain.

We drove through the rain and positioned behind this line of crappy morning convection. Even though the early morning storms were expected to become more severe by late afternoon we were hoping for something a little more discrete within the recovered air mass later in the day. We picked a spot to wait near Guthrie in northwest Texas. A single weak storm soon developed but it remained anchored to the spot and didn’t look like it was going to amount to much. Still we waited.

Storm Start

Meanwhile the morning line of storms now far to our east were growing ever stronger. In addition to this, an unexpected area of activity, not only to us but also to the professional forecasters was developing in Kansas. Looking back at the models, even with the luxury of hindsight it is still difficult to understand why this area became so prime.

Still, our play wasn’t without reward and after a long while waiting and making friends with some insects, one of which was banana coloured and really liked my banana skin, our storm finally got going.

Banana Bug

Having climbed to about 50,000ft and developed a second core, it had become quite a decent looking storm. The tumultuous underside of the shelf cloud was as captivating as ever and having not seen a sight like this for nearly a year, we were in our element.

In Car

Rogue Storm

Rogue Storm2

We played the statutory cat and mouse with the storm as it travelled slowly southeast. There were apparent elements of circulation within the storm but the overall tornado threat was low, but this didn’t detract from the fun it is to play in storms like this. 

SPC Day 1 Weather Outlook as at 06:00UTC (01:00 Central Time the night before)

SPC 01:00UTC day 1 forecast for Fri May 2017

SPC Day 1 Weather Reports for the day.

SPC storm reports for Fri May 2017
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