Wednesday 5 June 2013

Thursday 23rd May 2013 - Texas Panhandle

Another Moderate Risk day today, but this day would be remembered for insane dust storms, near 100mph outflow winds and a nice dusty tornado near Floydada.

We left Childress and storms duly erupted just south of there and east of Lubbock, we got onto a nice Supercell early near Floydada and it duly obliged with a nice brief dusty tube tornado.

We followed this storm southwards but it was quickly starting to go outflow dominant and HP In nature, a 2nd better storm was getting its act together near Guthrie, but before we left the first Supercell we got some structure shots.

After cutting in front of the 2nd cell near Jayton (Texas) we measured a 92mph outflow gust and had all manner of parts of trees, tumbleweeds and other objects being thrown at the car, it was obvious this storm was heading south at a rate of knots so we decided to leave it there and then and head back north in readiness for Kansas the next day. A fun but tough chase with the amount of dust and lack of visibility and it looks like the Texas Panhandle could be a no go zone for 2013!

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