Tex Mess

07 May 2015

We awoke to find a surprising atmospheric disturbance evolving; a room so musty that even 12 hours of acclimatisation couldn’t dull the senses to the oppressive smell. We put up with this for a while, to look over the models, and established that we wanted to stay fairly local, so set off for an initial target to our north, which ended up being Seymour, where we’d spent some time waiting yesterday.

We found a park and tried to get some exercise in, while waiting for the bad weather to emerge. It was a grey morning, fairly cool but not fresh, with a lot of moisture in the air contributing to a somewhat muggy feel, even with the lower temperatures.

We were waiting for some weather to develop in what was already a pretty active area. There were a number of thunderstorms ongoing from those that had managed to live through the night, and these were regaining some strength as heating and new moisture re-energised them. Meanwhile the cooler air emanating away from the system (the outflow boundary) was helping create an environment for new convection away from the existing one. We wanted to get on the new cells, before they became part of the bigger system.

A couple of promising storms popped up and we were on it like sonic, though with less hedgehogs and more turtles, several of which we dodged on the way.

Unfortunately the storms felt more like those of the day before. We got some brief structure, but things were messy and we couldn’t see much worth following on the first cell, but we could those to our south looked good, so we made a break for them. Unfortunately our efforts mostly involved trying for the next cell, then the next, and the next, and so on, until we reached the end of the ever more linear storm system - meanwhile our first storm put down a tornado. Well, you live and learn. During that journey we did get to see some decent shelf clouds and watch some of the huge clouds of dust that are pushed away by the storms' downdrafts.

Weather Photo - Storm Shelf Lorry

After watching the storms finish lining out, getting a couple of rainbow and sunsets (a frustrating outcome for us) we headed up to Walmart in Childress, Texas to stock up on beans for what was looking like a decidedly potent setup for tomorrow.

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

SPC 01:00UTC day 1 forecast for Thu May 2015

SPC Day 1 Weather Reports for the day.

SPC storm reports for Thu May 2015

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