2009 was a rough year
for storm chasing in that based on the long range models I knew that the
odds of seeing a tornado were practically nil before I even got to
Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, the models were right! The pattern shut
down about two days before I arrived, and started back up about two days
after I left.
On the plus side, we still chased on seven of the ten days, and since only one or two of the days had so much as a "slight" threat issued by SPC, our forecasting skills were tested to the max. One thing I can be happy about is that if there was a storm of the day, we were pretty much on it. Also, the twilight storm near Ft. Worth (pictured at right), was one of the most beautiful storms I've ever seen.
2009 Photo Album:
Chase Day Pages:
May 24th, 2009: Nicely structured hailer and flash flooding in Wheatland, WY near the Laramie Mountains.
May 26th, 2009: Two nice supercells near the Ft. Worth, TX loop highways with copious hail and an anti-cyclonic supercell with fantastic structure and a twilight lightning show.
All pictures (C) Richard Hamel 2017.
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