2005 JUNE 12: KENT COUNTY, TEXAS TORNADOES
What a day. Eric
and I observed 6 to 8 tornadoes, including elephant trunks, cones,
ropes, and a large red-dust ingesting wedge in the Garza and Kent County
regions tonight between 2330z and 0245z. It was one hell of a chase and
an incredible way to end the best week of chasing in my life.
A few interesting notes about tonight's storm: it seemed to ingest convection to the south quite easily, then translated rotation southwest into the new southern flank rapidly. Also we observed, like yesterday, that tornadoes frequently occurred well after mesocyclonic occlusion, when the rotation would quickly tighten and descend, but well after the wrap around precip and even hail swung around fully.
I finished my chase vacation with five tornado-day chases in a row, going all the way back to Arthur County, Nebraska, then South Dakota, Trego County, Kansas, and the last two tornado days in the great Texas panhandle. I could not have asked for a more spectacular introduction to mid June chasing, a time period I'm normally forced to skip. Never again.
Posted 9:53 AM by Amos Magliocco
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