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Panhandle Chase 3/13/2021

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We departed Wichita at 8 am with the initial chase target of just southeast of Amarillo, Texas. It’s just over a 5 hour drive and storm initiation was expected by mid-afternoon.

The first 4 hours of the drive were very foggy, but as we finally crossed the warm front, the fog cleared and the temperature went up 11 degrees.

The Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook.
Update – arrived in Texas
Tornado confirmed storm moving right for our location.
Tornado warned storm approaching

While not my ideal chase, we were able to catch two brief rope tornadoes. The storm mode was high-precipitation, which made it more difficult to get a good visual of the normal features we look for.

As this area is very rural, radar updates were few and far between thanks to the sparse cellular network. Combine that with limited road options, a close intercept was not in the cards.

We captured two brief tornadoes a few miles southwest of Claude, Texas before calling the chase just before sunset.

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Community Comments

Travis Farncombe Travis Farncombe   •   March 14, 2021 8:15 pm

Sorry it wasn't an ideal chase buddy... but two brief tors ain't half bad! At least you guys got out there - what I'd give to be under a storm on the plains.... Hope the next setup isn't a messy one!

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