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Non-Tornadic Chase Through the TX Panhandle (Dave Lewison on Cloud 9 Tours)
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|Started the day in Amarillo after a good meal at The Big Texan the night
before. About midday we noticed a wide field of accas clouds just north of I-40. This was
in response to an area of cold mid-level air coming in from the southwest increasing
instability. We headed north into the OK panhandle to wait for a while.
We saw a beefy cell to our SW, so we headed that way. That cell then split with the left split dying rapidly. The right split developed a nice LP base. The storm was tracking SE, to the right of the mean flow.
|Further to the SE, we came around the southern flank of the storm. There
was an amazing laminar inflow band coming in from the SE and rocketing up into the main
Shortly afterward, an RFD blast kicked up a dust plume and eroded a clear slot into the updraft. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to happen.
|Here's a full panoramic shot of the inflow tail.|
|Later on near Shamrock, the storm formed another laminar inflow band. However, it was approaching 9 pm, and it was way too dark, so we called it a day and put up in Shamrock for the night.|
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