Southern Kansas Storms - 5/24/11
by Benjamin Tillotson
Thursday, May 26, 2011, 1:01pm
The southern Kansas target was a bit of a fail tornado wise. Storms had difficulty staying discrete and the tornado warned cell west of Enid, OK just wouldn't reorganize. Lots of HP stuff was hindering inflow into the storm and the cell pretty much dissipated as moved into Kansas. Below is the cell south of Medford.
The haze was an issue too as it was difficult to see much of a cloud base until it's nearly on top of you. Both times I've chased in Oklahoma I've had that problem. Not good if your looking for something photogenic. I guess I'm used to the northern plains storms where you can see storm bases from 20+ miles away.
The cell looked like it was trying to wrap up. You can see a bit of an RFD cut there. It just wouldn't go beyond that to actually produce.
We sort of gave up on anything supercellular and went for the linear stuff back west near the dryline. I was noticing the two supercells on radar way north near the warm front and sort of wished I had stayed put in Salina.
More linear/Shelf cloud stuff north of Wichita on I-35.
I was glad to finally have something cool to see through the viewfinder.