Practice Storms

15 May 2017

Our first available chase of 2017 was a short 300 miles from where we landed the evening before, so not an opportunity to be missed. The setup itself was marginal for the type of weather we most like, but a slight risk had been issued by the SPC in the expectation of some large hail – likely over 3”. The storms would be too high-based to provide much more excitement but a storm is a storm, and the risk of big hail is good to keep you on your toes. It would also provide a great opportunity to test our kit and our brains.

We made our way from Denver airport, via an overnight in Limon, to an initial target of Boise city in Oklahoma. The journey was easy enough though our jetlag addled minds interjected with some fairly serious requests to sleep and of course some statutory horseplay.

Favourite Texas Horse

We then carried on south into Texas where we found a storm getting under way.

First Storm

We spent some time following this and some similar storms in the Texas panhandle, around Gruver and Stratford.

Hail Core

Rogue Storm
Introducing this year's chase vehicle - "Roguey".

It gave us an excellent opportunity to realise all the skills we’d forgotten over the last 10 months, and all the kit we’d forgotten during our frantic last minute packing sessions. The damage from either issue was fairly limited, though not without note. But having re-learned some skills and written a shopping list we caught a nice sunset and called it a day to prepare ourselves for a promising setup tomorrow.


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

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

SPC Day 1 Weather Reports for the day.

SPC storm reports for Mon May 2017

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