4/17/13 SW Oklahoma Storms & Lawton Tornado
TRC chasers, Jeff and Nate, left early Wednesday morning and met up with friend Brandon Hammons in York, NE. Together the 3 headed down to south west Oklahoma. When we arrived near Lawton the first cells were firing out west early in the day. We chased the northern one in the Wichita Mountains. We got a very low wall cloud that looked to be touching the top of one of the mountains. The storm then formed a brief horizontal funnel and then gusted out. We made the trip back to Lawton, and picked up some Whataburger. We then took off to a cell sw of Lawton that just went tornado warned. We saw a nice wall cloud with rapid rotation, but never did drop a tornado. Hoards of chasers were on this cell and it was becoming an HP cell, so we decided to drop to the southwest and get the next cell. This cell looked healthier then the last two. We got a beautiful wall cloud and a brief spin up occurred under this. We continued to follow this cell as it neared Lawton. On the southwest side of Lawton we observed a cone funnel. We got close and then RFD brought a rain curtain that blasted us with high wind and rain. A telephone pole tipped over behind us and instead of punching through the rain curtain, not knowing if the funnel became a tornado, we decided to drop south and blast east to get back in front of the storm. While getting back in position, we then observed power flashes from the same area we observed the funnel. Reports came in as a brief tornado in Ft. Sill.
- States: NE, KS, OK
- Miles: 1352
- Hail: Ping Pong
- Tornadoes: 2
4/8/13 Eastern Colorado
Jeff & Nate left Omaha in the morning and had brunch in Salina, KS at Cozy Inn which is one of Jeff’s favorite stops for burgers. They then went to the KS/CO boarder. The guys then caught a storm southwest of Burlington, CO. This storm then went severe, but was high based for awhile. Jeff & Nate let the storm overtake them to get a timelapse of it as it approached. Hail was penny size at best. They then noticed a strong severe storm to the north and decided to go after that. Near dusk the storm went tornado warned. Low light and blowing dust made it extremely hard to see the base of the storm as it approached them. They followed the storm into Wray, CO in the dark, and then headed home as the storm weakened.
- States: NE, KS, CO
- Miles: 1221
- Hail: Penny
- Tornadoes: 0
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