Back in Texas

By: UMTornadoCamp13, 1:26 AM GMT on June 02, 2013

Greetings from Lubbock,

We are back in Texas after our final chase of the trip, and it was good experience overall. Friday proved to be the most interesting day during our travels through Oklahoma. We continued eastward through Oklahoma and rested for a couple of hours before the storms began to develop in El Reno.

There was many things going on around us, such as the storm formation, and the other storm chasers and civilians' vehicles being s...

Back in Oklahoma

By: UMTornadoCamp13, 4:08 AM GMT on May 30, 2013

What a crazy two days it has been since our last entry.

Yesterday, we deployed to the western panhandle of Texas. We chased near the New Mexico border, following a slow-moving high precipitation supercell that crept its way eastward to Amarillo. This ended up being our first 'night chase', which we were able to perform because our radar allowed us to see more of the storm than the occasional lightning flash showed us visually. When we arrived in Amarillo,...

Updated: 4:09 AM GMT on May 30, 2013

Active Week Ahead

By: UMTornadoCamp13, 3:48 AM GMT on May 28, 2013

Hello everyone,

It looks like our wishes for more convective weather have come true. After a relaxing Memorial Weekend in Lubbock, we'll be heading out Tuesday morning to a currently undetermined target somewhere between the Texas panhandle and southwest Kansas. There should be a good chance of favorable chasing weather throughout the plains until a front passes through at the end of this week, so we're departing tomorrow morning to begin the chase. We'll...

Exploring Texas and Dust Devils

By: UMTornadoCamp13, 5:52 PM GMT on May 26, 2013

Hi all -

The team is taking it easy for the next couple days as we wait for the conditions for severe storms to ripen once more. We decided to explore Texas and traveled to Caprock Canyon State Park. After an extensive 6 mile hike, we settled down to watch the Wings game...with a rather unfavorable result in most of our opinions (Blackhawks 3 - Red Wings 1).

On our drive to and from Caprock Cayon we saw several dust devils. Dust devils are swir...

Updated: 7:18 AM GMT on May 27, 2013

Chasing Near Lubbock

By: UMTornadoCamp13, 5:32 PM GMT on May 24, 2013

Hello everyone.

The team went out yesterday to chase in the Texas panhandle. The team was a lot bigger as we had three objectives to fulfill this time around. We had Vortex 2.3 objectives, outflow boundary objectives, and lightning mapping. The chase took us to the east of Lubbock. During the chase, we experienced landspouts, dust devils, the gust front, micro bursts, and a lot of blowing dust.

A landspout is similar to a tornado, it has r...

Updated: 6:02 PM GMT on May 24, 2013

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