Spēg's 2006 Chases

Spēg's 2006 Chases

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Spēg's 2006 Chase scorecard:

2 chases (sigh)
2 supercell chases (HP)

Friday, June 16 - CLAUDE TX

610 miles, 12:45. HP supercell with foward-flank wind
Chase partner: David Ewoldt

Storm south of Claude TX A ridiculously late start of the 2006 chase season. There haven't been many chase opportunities this year in the southern Plains, and I was on duty for most of those. So I took some days off to give myself the chance to go to where storms were since they weren't coming to me. But not much around the country in the first half of my "chase vacation." Dave and I were close to making a trip to Montana a few days earlier, but we saw potential problems with low-level moisture right before leaving and correctly passed on that long trip.

Today was not the best environment for tornadoes, but there would be thunderstorms and perhaps isolated supercells in the Texas panhandle. So Dave and I went out to the central Texas panhandle southeast of Amarillo. The best looking structure was seen when we first arrived to the storm south of Claude (photo on the right, my only storm photo of the year). The storm started moving into the roadless area southwest of US-287, so we had to go north to Claude then southeast toward Clarendon. The front-flank core caught up with us about 7 miles northwest of Clarendon and we encountered strong (estimated 60 mph) winds. By the time we got closer to Clarendon, radar was showing a good shear signature to our southwest, but the storm had no discernable structure.

We drove around to look at a couple of other storms in the area, southeast of Clarendon and north of Hollis OK. But none of these were very interesting.

Saturday, June 17 - MARLOW OK

236 miles, 5:15. Marginal HP supercell with foward-flank wind (again)
Chase partner: David Ewoldt

There was a surface boundary in southern Oklahoma to focus thunderstorm development. But mid/upper-level winds were fairly weak, so it was not a good environment for supercells and it looked like storms would be a bit too widespread. But it was close, so we went southwest. Yes, there were a lot of storms, and none were very interesting. One storm may have developed brief supercell characteristics near Marlow, although we were never in a position that we could see good updraft structure. But again, we had an encounter with strong winds near the front flank of the core just east of Marlow that picked up a wet piece of cardboard and plastered it on the passenger side of the windshield and around the passenger door. We must have looked interesting driving down with a large piece of cardboard plastered on the car until I could reach out and dislodge it.

And with that, the end of the very brief 2007 chase season.