MAY 23, 2002: LIPSCOMB & PAMPA, TEXAS AREA TORNADOES

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Scott Blair helps the state of Kansas  stall chaser convoy @ 1:16 PM
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Lipscomb, Texas tower in the distance; south of Follet, Texas
5:00 PM
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Lipscomb, Texas tornado 5:56 PM
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Tornado lasted about four minutes
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Southwest of Canadian, Texas at 8:27 PM
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Storm develops as sun sets
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Tornado NE of Borger and 5 miles North of Pampa, Texas at 9:00 PM
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Same with contrast cranked
From an email I sent out the next day:

"I was hoping for a day off today also, but this is late May--no such
luck I guess. Three more supercells yesterday and two tornadoes.
The storm near Pampa was jaw-dropping with roaring inflow and
smoothly sculpted banding through which the constant c-c lightning
shone. Amazing stuff. Neither tornado would win any prizes, but
they were interesting at least.

Storms consistently fired on the boundary and built back while
slowly creeping E or NE, some right turners moving SE. Like ducks
on the pond, actually. When one storm would weaken, another would
be forming to the SW.

In Pampa this morning because I didn't want to keep driving.
Everyone else is in Elk City, I think, if they made it that far.
Eric and Scott B did a hail punch on the last Pampa supercell last
night and got some baseballs along with more glass damage.
Everyone's a-okay, however, and going back at it again today.

Big thanks to Robert for great nowcasting the last two days. Good
luck to any who go out today. Watch for chase tours/college teams
parked not-quite-off the road."

Amos

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