Weather Photos

June 5, 2001

NOTE:Numbers after certain sentences indicate the photo being referred to.

I started out the day in Wichita, Kansas, and after looking at data, I departed solo for my target area of Higgins at the Texas panhandle/Oklahoma border. While heading west, conditions north of the front were grungy and overcast,1. but after getting south of the front, plenty of heating was taking place and cumulus were growing.2. As soon as I got near my target area, a strong tower developed near Gage, Oklahoma and developed into a beautiful storm with a backsheared anvil with knuckles and a hard convective updraft tower.3. An intense precip shaft soon developed with the cell and exhibited a well-formed rain foot, which indicated strong outflow.4. Cells were blowing up near Shattuck, Oklahoma and training over the same areas, but it took them a while to get organized, but they eventually did. After a brief detour south, I returned to my original target area to see a well formed supercell near Gage.5. The meso with this beautiful storm exhibited some fantastic upward motion but couldn't get really organized,6. so I headed east toward another supercell that was just southwest of Woodward and under a tornado warning.7. The meso exhibited strong upward motion and incredible rotation and began to tighten up as the RFD began wrapping.8.; 9. The meso then produced a brief funnel a few miles southwest of Woodward at approximately the same time and location that a brief tornado was reported.10.; 11. However, I never saw any debris with the funnel. Soon after the funnel dissipated, what appeared to be a large funnel developed.12. Because of the HP nature of the storms though, I couldn't discern rotation with the feature, but I'm fairly confident that it was more than likely a large funnel. The storm then took a southeast turn toward my location near Sharon. The first meso became completely wrapped in rain as it occluded, but another meso formed soon after.13. As the RFD began to punch in, scud began to rapidly rotate anticyclonically to the east of the meso.14. As the meso began getting better organized, some amazing inflow tails formed and exhibited intenese motion into the meso while seemingly scraping the ground.15.; 16. The old meso remained wrapped in rain,17. but the new meso offered a little more visibility as it tried to spin up a funnel.18. However, as daytime heating began to wane, the storm began to lose its intensity, but it put on the most amazing lightning show I've observed. I managed to shoot a couple of bolts at dusk, 19.; 20. and the cell continued to exhibit magnificent structure.21. Beautiful CG's and anvil crawlers acted as a strobe light as darkness fell 22.; 23.; 24. I shot stills and video from the same location for over ten minutes until one bolt got a bit too close.25.

Overcast conditions north of front (Video Capture)Clearing and cumulus south of front (Video Capture)

The first storm of the day

Beautiful rainfootFirst supercell southwest of Woodward

The first observed mesocycloneThe second observed meso (Video Capture)

Second meso's tigtening up and lowering (Video Capture)Obvious RFD and wrapping precip with the meso

Developing funnel (Video Capture)Mature funnel (Video Capture)

An apparent large funnel wrapped in rain (Video Capture)New meso developing

Scud rapidly rotating anticyclonically (Video Capture)Incredible inflow tails with rapid motion feeding into the meso (Video Capture)

Close-up of inflow tails (Video Capture)Another meso that's obscured by rain (Video Capture)

Lowering with the developing meso (Video Capture)Lightning at dusk 1

Lightning at dusk 2Beautiful structure

CG and anvil crawlerThree CG's

Gorgeous anvil crawlerA very close bolt that convinced me to move


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