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Tornadic Chase Through north-central TX (Dave Lewison on Cloud 9 Tours)
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|Started off the day in Lawton, OK after staying the night from the
previous day's chase. Things were not looking particularly good as the convection from the
day before had scoured out a lot of the good moisture.
Here's Campbell and RJ joking around in the hotel parking lot. Little "fight scenes" like these broke out all the time on our trip! After eating a leisurely lunch, we were at a gas station when we heard scanner reports of storms firing down to our south near Wichita Falls. Just south of Wichita Falls, we started hearing reports of a needle tornado touching ground near Archer City.
As we approached the town of Windthorst, we noticed a wall cloud feature on the back end of one of the storms. It had a definite funnel lowering.
|This funnel gradually became better defined as it elongated somewhat.
It continued to extend towards the ground. View here is south on 281 at around 3 pm.
|The funnel gradually began to rope out. We are not certain whether this
funnel actually touched down, but considering how close it came, we made the assumption
that it was probably a tornado.
Later on, were treated to a beautiful mammatus field on our way back to Wichita Falls.
|That night, the hotel was not exactly ready for our arrival. Yes, that's a
TOILET in the middle of Steve's room.
It became obvious where the toilet had been! Too bad it wasn't too useful in its new position!
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