We are four students from the University of Michigan. Our names are Nathan Hamet, Kevin Kacan, Scott Loeffler, and Jordan Swift.
By: UMichTornadoCamp , 4:17 PM GMT on May 12, 2014
Apologies for the late post covering yesterday's, May 11, events. It was a very eventful. We got the green light to head out and chase for the day for the first time. We left Lubbock around 10 am and headed north into Oklahoma. Into the afternoon hours, storms started to develop along the dryline which set up along the Oklahoma panhandle and into western Kansas. As more storms began to develop along the dryline we targeted the southernmost cell to chase and hoped that it would come off and separate itself from the dryline. We stopped for gas around 3:30 in Buffalo, Oklahoma and noticed some nice mammatus clouds and supercell structure to our west-southwest. We followed this cell for a little over an hour into Kansas. It did not produce a tornado while we were following it but it did provide very good pictures and video for showing supercell structure.
After this cell sped away from us to the northeast, we turned our attention to an incoming cell from the southwest. We traveled east-west just north of St. Johns, Kansas in order to get into a good position. This second cell was used for the first dual deployment of the radar. We followed this cell for over an hour. Around 8 pm we turned our attention to a different use for the dual radar deployment. Instead of trying to track and monitor supercells we deployed both radars to monitor the gust front that was coming straight toward us. The gust front providing some great pictures. When the front rolled through the winds sped up very quickly and the temperatures dropped rapidly before heavy rain started to fall.
Around 9 pm we called it a day and headed for Woodward, Oklahoma to stay the night before heading to Lubbock the next day. The drive down to Woodward was full of lightning brightening up the night sky. We got to Woodward a little before 1 am. Very eventful first chase day.
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