1 APRIL 2006: ERICK, OKLAHOMA SUPERCELL
Southwest of Burns Flat, Oklahoma, observed from SR 152 looking north as we paralleled the storm.
We do not believe this was a tornado.
Eric Nguyen, Robert Hall and I intercepted a supercell
south of Erick, Oklahoma south of Interstate 40 near the Texas Panhandle
and Oklahoma border. We observed it for nearly two hours as it slowly
morphed from a small, well-structured supercell into a larger HP with a
forward flank meso. Given the easy storm motions, our entire chase
distance is surprising when I look at a map. We initially engaged the
storm while southbound on 283 just south of the interstate, then
returned north on 34 through Carter, and continued the chase using 152
eastbound. At the intersection of 153 and 283, the storm was
outflow-dominated, and we turned south to enjoy a great meal at Bianco's
in Lawton with Bob
Fritchie and Rachael Sigler.
~2314z near Willow, OK
|As the cell moved into higher theta-e air, the base came down and the persistent wall clouds lowered as well, but at the same time the character of the storm was growing more HP and outflow dominant as the core grew in aerial coverage and influence. Our storm was consistently seeded by convection to the southwest also and this wasn't helpful. We observed several clear slots around our wall clouds as RFD (which we noted as quite warm but perhaps on the dry side?) wrapped around the circulations.|
~2339z 2 miles south of Carter, Oklahoma
|We stayed as close as safely possible because we believed that if
the storm would tornado, it would do so post-occlusion. No such luck.
The rotation never sufficiently tightened. I'm quite convinced that with
the presence of a boundary, this cell would have produced a fair