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Oklahoma is a winter wonderland

The freezing rain began on Friday and the result is both beautiful and a little dangerous.  It’s Mother Nature’s way of ringing in the first day of winter.  She did a fine job too! The ice accumulation has taken a toll on trees, plants and power lines.  PSO has been working non-stop to restore power…

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Osage County Storms – May 31, 2013

I had been reviewing the set-up and potential areas off-and-on through the morning and it looked as though something was going to happen and, as usual, the OKC area was target area. I checked Spotter Network and storm chasers from around the country were getting into position.

I’d shown my co-workers an image with the locations of the dozens of chasers already lining up near OKC. “See this? Someone’s gonna get killed one of these days.” I’ve learned over the years to avoid the traffic jams that have become commonplace when chasing on high risk storm days – for good reason.

The first line of storms approached from the south.

Thunderstorms move through Tulsa – May 30, 2013

I’m usually driving a couple hundred miles to catch a good storm.  That wasn’t the case today.  Storms moved into Tulsa and I was able to view the development from the comfort of my backyard.  It wasn’t like the storm that dropped an F1 on my neighborhood.  This time it was heavy rain and hail.…

Chasing Storms – May 20, 2013

I did chase.  Sort of. I had looked at the OKC area yesterday and figured it was the most likely area for severe storms, but I also saw the number of chasers in that area.  My second choice was to head to the west side of Lake Hudson, just southeast of Tulsa. While gassing up,…

Chasing Storms: Sunday, May 19, 2013 (7:57 AM)

I woke up this morning thinking this is going to be a long day. We do have risks for severe storms today in Oklahoma.  The necessary elements are coming together. Last night I spent several hours reviewing model data and finally came to the conclusion that I needed to wait until this morning to begin pin-pointing the…

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Storms near Duncan, OK – Apirl 17, 2013

After several hours of watching development through the day, I finally hit the road about 1:30 pm.  The target area I’d chosen at 2:20 am was still my preferred target for the chase.  That meant that I was 3 1/2 hours away from where I needed to be. I’d hoped the potential target area would…