May 9th 2016 Central Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak.



Tornadoes: 4

Hail: (Quater 1.00″)

Wind (None)

Chasers encountered: N/A.

Chased with:

James Gustina, Cj Sayre, Corey Godine.

Miles: 85

Note: Left at 3:00pm saw tornadoes and was back by 7:30pm. I love Oklahoma!


What a hell of a day that took me almost by surprise.  I got out of my mesoscale final at 10:00 am (got an A) and went to the computer lab at the NWC.  I knew we had a slight risk but because of finals I was not paying full attention. Kelton was home in Nashville with family and no one seemed particularly interested in chasing.  I did an 18z hand analysis and immediately realized something was going on. A nice sharp dryline existed to my west with moderate flow aloft. I immediately texted Jamie and Cj to see what they were up to. They weren’t free until 2 pm so I continued looking at data. There were some nice Updraft hellicity tracks on the HRRR through north central Oklahoma but moisture wasn’t as nice up there. I also saw what looked like an outflow boundary down south near Pauls Valley. Nice backing of the winds and 65 degree dew points made for some nice parameters. I asked Kelton if I should solo it since I had nothing else going on. He agreed and I got ready for a solo. Fortunately Jamie, Cj, and Corey caught a glimpse of the HRRR and immediately wanted to chase. I picked them up and we flew down I-35 right into a traffic jam. A storm had gone up just to the west and out friend Austin reported a mid level funnel on the new storm. We were confused as it didnt look that good but as we took some country roads to get around the traffic we crested the top of a hill and were taken completely by surprise. “HOLY FUCK, THATS A TORNADO” I yelled as we came face to face with a classic tornado ongoing near Wynnewood, Oklahoma



Trying to drive and take pictures of a tornado with trees is not smart so we pulled off into a parking lot to snap some more pics.  We couldn’t figure out why at the time but it kept hailing on us as we watched the tornado. As it turns out the storm was LP and the core was being lofted so strongly by the updraft almost no rain was falling but we were smack under the 65 dbz radar returns. The tornado was on going for nearly 20 minutes as pieces of tree debris rained down around us. As the tornado dissipated we repositioned north and west of Sulphur and grabbed a few pics of the wall cloud and an anti cyclonic tornado buried in the core.



We repositioned again south of the Chickasaw Turnpike and watched as the Sulphur Wedge got going.  The thing was huge and churning up dirt and debris as we watched.  The inflow was strong enough to suck my doors open as we watched. As the tornado crossed the road we had been on we continued south through Sulphur, cut east and drove back north.



We came across this huge clearing that ended up being a horse farm. The dirt road lead to the top of a hill where we had a great view of the departing cell. We had seen several smaller cells going up to the south with nice structure but hadn’t paid too much attention to them as our attention was on the wedge. I looked back to the south east and to my amazement a brilliant, backlit, white stove pipe tornado was ongoing over Bromide! “Guys Look!” I yelled and everyones jaw dropped as we watched this white tube snaked out of the back of the storm. To this day it is my favorite tornado. It danced in the field for about 10 minutes as I called it into NWS Norman.  It roped out as a long scorpion tail, still as brilliant white as when it formed. We called the chase and sat on the road for a good half an hour taking in what had just happened. What an amazing day!



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