24 MAY DOUGLAS COUNTY, OKLAHOMA AREA TORNADOES

 


Approximately 3:46 PM, 8m southwest of Douglas, OK on May 24, 2008 


From my blog entry for the day:
"I started the day intending to head home to Denton, Texas, but in the parking lot of the Salina, KS IHOP decided to check out the outflow boundary in northern Oklahoma along the way. While model forecasted midlevels were barely sufficient (which profiler data later revealed as badly underforecast), the backed flow along the boundary and later a mesolow were interesting. Small reflectivities had already begun when we headed south. We were grateful the storm took so long to intensify or become surface-based as we had a long drive from I-70 down to the 35/412 intersection.

Soon after we reached the storm we witnessed our first tornado then observed between three and five more over the next several hours as the storm seemed to oscillate between HP and classic: hiding everything in rain until it revealed some occluded updraft that would tighten and drop a tornado. One or two of the tubes sent us scurrying for cover. One of the larger cones and its associated RFD blew tree branches and other small debris across the road as we hurried east.

Our chase group today was Scott Blair, Derek Deroche, Katie Burtis, Scott Eubanks, and myself.

The last three days have been pretty hectic. I haven't yet posted anything about Friday's chase when Bob Fritchie and I witnessed four tornadoes between Ness City and Quinter, and I haven't processed imagery of either day---all of that is forthcoming somewhere between laundry and cleaning the inch of mud from my floorboards."


6:04 PM, probably south of Lucien, but need to confirm, location uncertain


Katie & Derek watch the wedge and associated satellite yesterday, 9m sw Perry