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February 18, 2000
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Ok, well, I can't call this a chase, since I never actually chased anything. However, I was treated to a nice show while at work. Early that morning, a warm front moved northward through the state and brought warm temps and high dewpoints. The warm front eminated from a low pressure area that was located over the extreme northwestern part of the state. Throughout the day, the low rapidly moved ENE, and the associated cold front brought some severe weather to the area. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect for the state early that morning. After attending classes at UCA, I listened to the NOAA and heard of a Tornado Watch that had just been issued for the state. After arriving home, I immediately logged on to the net and checked the radar. A storm in Garland county dominated the image, and I assumed a warning would be issued on it within a few minutes. I had to be at work at 11:30, but I made sure that I had my camera and the NOAA WX radio. At 11:40 a.m., a tornado warning was issued for the storm in Garland county. Knowing that this storm would track several miles south of my location, I would just have to suffer and wait for something to watch nearby. Close to noon, a severe thunderstorm made it's way into Conway. I patiently watched the storm move into the area and noticed an updraft base coming into view. Soon after, an interesting lowering came into view from the west. It looked very suspicious, and I watched as it tracked within a couple of miles north of my location. A beautiful wall with a ragged tail cloud leading towards the precip had developed. The wall cloud seemed to have some slight embedded rotation, and it was a beautiful sight. It made up for me not being able to chase, but it would've been nice if I had been able to track it. I watched the wall cloud as it made its way ENE. Eventually, the storm became outflow dominated, and the lowering was adversely affected. Shortly after, the trailing squall line overtook the area and shrouded the wall cloud from view as it continued on its way. All in all, an enjoyable day.

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