2005 AUGUST 24: ENID, OKLAHOMA AREA STORMS
and I observed two supercells around Enid, Oklahoma yesterday. The first
storm was the southern cell of a pair and produced an extremely brief
funnel that we saw from a distance. This was north of Orienta around
McWillie. We had noted a lowering alongside the rainshaft for several
minutes, and were talking about it when, in an instant, a slender funnel
appeared. In the time it took for me to reach in the backseat, grab my
camcorder, open the shutter guard, and begin recording, the funnel
dissipated. Within five minutes, the structure disorganized rapidly. We
don't believe this funnel touched the ground.
The second storm was southeast of Enid around forty minutes later. This one showed a fair couplet on the velocity scan but we were behind it at that time. I've read that it showed a TVS signature as well. When we arrived in a decent viewing position near Covington on SR 74, there wasn't much to see. We experienced a heat burst and witnessed some interesting striations and strong rotation in an elevated updraft base.
For a one day August chase, I was happy for a few decent, isolated storms in a very marginal setup.
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