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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

Pictures will follow in a few hours time as currently having problems with Global Upload space. As Follows

Awoke at 4am in Ardmore by a Thunderstorm, nice alarm call. Blasted North on I35 Towards Oklahoma City and left behing the Severe T-Storms ongoing in Central Oklahoma. Our inital Target was somewhere around Elk City just on the TX & OK Panhandle border. Arrived at ELK City at about 230pm and awaited Dave Ewold and Hank Baker (Well Renowned US Chaser) seems we are in good hands today. SPC have upgraded todays risk to Moderate and issued a Tornado watch box for West Oklahoma and east Texas Panhandles, where we are. Cells started popping at 3pm around Pampa so we headed west and dropped south on Highway 83 towards Childress as this was where temps had hit 90f with 63f Dew Points, Initially targeted the Turkey (Tx) Cell which had become Supercellular (Ozzies 1st Ever) but it was apparant this had become affected by the Storms to it's south. Dave and Hank noticed a breakaway Cell to the East of Childress and blasted back east at speeds over 80mph on Farm Tracks, we had big trouble keeping up and masses of Storm Chasers started appearing. The cell to the east of Childress also became a Supercell with Rotating Wall clouds apparant and inflow bands. We then went North at Quinah and found ourselves in the Bears Cage of the Storm, the rotation at times was scary and we had Bolts of Lightning landing just feet away with ground thudding Thunder, will upload video footage of this soon. It became apparant around 7pm that these storms were trying but not succeeding in becoming Tornadic due to Conflicting Aimasses, the Guthrie Storm about 80 miles to our South had robbed our Storm of the Potential energy, so close but no cigar. Will leave one shot of the Mammatus we got at Memphis (Tx) and upload the others later when Space sorted. Hopefully the storms later in the week will not be as heavily precipitated and we can get some Structure shots or you all to see.

TOTAL CHASE MILES TODAY :- 467

TOTAL CHASE MILES TO DATE :- 924

post-24-1146627944.jpg - No Auto enhance needed It really looked like this

More later

Paul Sherman

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  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)
  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)

Some awesome Mammatus there, look forward to your other pics. Sounds like you had a good chase day - just short of a tornado forming but exhilarating nonetheless.

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  • Location: Highley, Shropshire, WV16
  • Weather Preferences: Storms, Snow
  • Location: Highley, Shropshire, WV16

Brillianr Mamma Paul! Wish we had it like that over here!

Kain

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  • Location: Liphook
  • Location: Liphook

Great Mamma there Paul.

Just wondering, how many tornadoes actually formed on the 2nd?

It seems to be me it was a classic case of systems just being to close to each other and most not getting quite good enough condtions to become the monsters that there was the potenial of.

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great looking Mammatus pic there sounds like you had a great day

Great Mamma there Paul.

Just wondering, how many tornadoes actually formed on the 2nd?

It seems to be me it was a classic case of systems just being to close to each other and most not getting quite good enough condtions to become the monsters that there was the potenial of.

there were 10 reported tornados kold

2114 5 E DOUGHERTY MOTLEY TX 3394 10100 SEVERAL REPORTS OF LANDSPOUTS 5 MILES EAST OF DOUGHERTY THROUGH 8 MILES WEST OF ROARING SPRINGS. THE CIRCULATION INCREASED IN DEPTH AND EXTENDED FROM THE SURFACE TO THE (LUB)

2145 6 NW CLARENDON DONLEY TX 3500 10097 (AMA)

2210 5 E WESTBROOK MITCHELL TX 3236 10093 TRAINED SPOTTERS REPORTED A TORNADO ON THE GROUND JUST EAST OF WESTBROOK (MAF)

2214 5 E DOUGHERTY MOTLEY TX 3394 10100 SEVERAL REPORTS OF LANDSPOUTS 5 MILES EAST OF DOUGHERTY THROUGH 8 MILES WEST OF ROARING SPRINGS. THE CIRCULATION INCREASED IN DEPTH AND EXTENDED FROM THE SURFACE TO THE (LUB)

2227 1 W COLORADO CITY MITCHELL TX 3240 10088 A TORNADO WAS REPORTED 1 MILE WEST OF COLORADO CITY NEAR THE WEST INTERCHANGE. (MAF)

2240 10 ESE TURKEY HALL TX 3433 10074 TWO STORM CHASERS REPORTED A RAIN WRAPPED TORNADO (LUB)

2319 2 SE ERWIN KINGSBURY SD 4447 9741 DEBRIS REPORTED. (FSD)

2325 4 NE LAKE PRESTON KINGSBURY SD 4440 9732 DEBRIS NOTED WITH ONGOING TORNADO. (FSD)

0002 2 W BLACKWELL NOLAN TX 3209 10035 BRIEF TOUCHDOWN (SJT)

0009 2 W BLACKWELL NOLAN TX 3209 10035 BRIEF TOUCHDOWN (SJT)

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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

More Pictures

post-24-1146665014_thumb.jpg - Chasers at Elk City awaiting Initiation - Netweather team & Dave Ewold & Hank Baker

post-24-1146665130.jpg - Developing Supercell that produced the Turkey (Tx) Tornado

post-24-1146665188_thumb.jpg - Inflow going in to Turkey Supercell

post-24-1146665245_thumb.jpg - Inflow Crossing the Road in front of Us

post-24-1146665316_thumb.jpg - Barons showing us as little white brick to the East of the Supercell

post-24-1146665376_thumb.jpg - Rotating Wall cloud near Quinah (Tx) At this point we were in the Bears Cage of the

Storm and I will upload amazing Video clip of Lighning striking 50 metres behind us

post-24-1146665453_thumb.jpg - Rainbow in Altus where we are now

Hopefully the Pics for 3rd May will be much more photogenic and not rain wrapped

Regards

Paul Sherman

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  • Location: Quadring...(spalding)
  • Location: Quadring...(spalding)

sweet pics , good to know your all having fun......and just to let you know we are all EAGERLY awaiting your 3rd day report and pics.

stay safe and have fun.....SHU Ill be following you all the way ;):D:p

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  • Location: Canterbury, Kent
  • Location: Canterbury, Kent

The Mammatus photo is quite stunning. Very much like the others too.

Pleased the chase has got off so well and long may it continue!

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

I learnt about the 'Beavers Tail' last year so...

What does Paul mean by 'Bears Cage' please?

Thank you in advance :) .

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  • Location: Aviemore
  • Location: Aviemore

Taken from this page:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/severewx/glossary.php

Bear's Cage - [slang], a region of storm-scale rotation, in a thunderstorm, which is wrapped in heavy precipitation. This area often coincides with a radar hook echo and/or mesocyclone, especially one associated with an HP storm.
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  • Location: NH7256
  • Weather Preferences: where's my vote?
  • Location: NH7256

i think the 'bear's cage' is a euphemism for a traditional American deviancy, the 'bare scage', and this is not the right forum for discussion. please desist.

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