near Jermyn, Texas, in western Jack County ~2203z
My first target was Olney, scene of a tactical misadventure of mine back
in April, 2000. I wanted to stay south to escape the full influence of
the lead wave, hoping surface winds would back more readily, and, by the
linear tendencies of the earliest convection near the river, I suspected
tail-end Charlie might emerge in that area. Convection seemed to develop
repeatedly from this area of agitated cu.
It did, but not before I detoured north to the "second" supercell from
Olney up to Scotland and Bluegrove. The storm maintained a wide,
impressive wall cloud for some time, but, as Tim mentioned, the light
was bad, and my positioning was worse. Once, early in my pursuit, around
2030z, I glimpsed a high, brief funnel from the base. Most of the time
the storm was either obscured or I was behind. Spotters reported giant
hail. The storm became outflow dominant. Scott Eubanks was caravaning
with me by this time and, when we reached State Highway 82, we turned
back to the southwest for the new storm.
The "third" storm showed an impressive reflectivity presentation while I
was racing toward it. It turned due east and showed some modest
rotation. But upon our arrival, it shrunk, assumed a quasi-LP appearance
with the wall cloud pictured above. Robert Hall joined the group as we
followed the weakening storm back east.
Enjoyed a great dinner with Robert, Scott, and Glenn Dixon at Mr.
Chopsticks here in Denton.