Supercell Stunner in Southwest Oklahoma

Pretty structure & awesome lightning exceed the day’s expectations!

Leading up to Wednesday May 8, it looked as though this would be the most significant in a series of severe weather days that week. In fact, everything had been shaping up for this day to be a major outbreak, possibly even a tornado outbreak. However storms from the previous night evolved into a large MCS that swept across Oklahoma during the early morning hours, overturning the atmosphere and robbing the day of its higher-end potential. Nevertheless, we saw an opportunity for instability to rebound in an area around Childress.

Alex, John and I monitored surface obs and kept an eye on vis sat which showed an intersection of boundaries at Shamrock. Indeed, by 5:00 pm storms began to form. We positioned to watch as they pulsed in intensity until eventually the southernmost cell became dominant. For the remainder of the afternoon and evening, we were treated to pretty storm structure, attempts at tornadogenesis, and a breathtaking display of lightning.

On a day when storms were anything but certain, a supercell organizes near Vinson OK
RFD surge & a beautiful clear slot as the storm attempts tornadogenesis on the north side of Mangum
The Wichita Mountains make for a breathtaking backdrop as the sun begins to set on our storm
Inflow ramped up & ping pong ball sized hail was reported not long after the sun set on our storm