Chase Accounts

April 8, 1999
Pictures from this day.

With good dynamics and instability, I knew supercells were a possibility. In order to get data, I took my NOAA weather radio to work.

After leaving work, I decided to head west on I-40 to Johnson County. This was a good choice as I set up in Clarksville at 6:00 p.m. and looked for any signs of convection through some low-level grunge. At 6:30, a tornado watch was issued for the northern part of Arkansas and included Johnson County.

Straining to see any sign of convection, I finally spotted what appeared to be some cumulus to my north, and I decided to take Hwy. 21 north.

While driving north on the tree-lined Hwy. 21, I finally came to an opening at about 7 p.m., and looking west, I noticed a small but beautiful LP supercell about 8 miles away. The storm was perfectly backlit by the setting sun, and I immediately pulled over and began shooting video and pictures of the storm.

I decided that I needed to be closer in order to see what was going on under the base, but after driving a few miles, it became obvious that I wasn't going to find another suitable area. Frustrated, I reluctantly went back to my former location so I would at least be able to view the storm's structure.

I remained there for another hour and watched the supercell track slowly east. The mid-level inflow band eventually grew into quite an elongated tail.

As darkness fell, however, I decided to head home, but approximately ten minutes later, a tornado warning was issued for the supercell. Because of my inexperience at the time, I decided not to pursue the storm at night, and I continued my drive home, anxious to watch the video I shot.

Considering that this was only my third chase, I was pleased with how the day turned out, even without getting a chance to see the updraft base.

Despite the tornado warning, there wasn't a confirmed tornado with this storm.


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