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May 21-25, 2011 Storm Chasing

May 21, 2011

I was actually on my way back to Arkansas from a school geology trip when I was able to watch a torandic supercell develop to my south as well as a few storms developing nearby. The first two pics are of the tornadic supercell that dropped a tornado near Ada, OK as seen from the north looking south.

May 23, 2011

I got this nice lightning strike from my front yard.

May 24, 2011

I drove over to central Oklahoma and observed several tornadic supercells, golfball (and slightly larger) hail, and a couple of tornadoes. I would have had more success if I had left just a bit earlier and wasnt held up so much in the construction on I-40 in OKC. The first four pictures are from just North of El Reno, OK. I am pretty sure that the 3rd picture you can make out the large tornado through the rain. Pictures 4-6 are of the tornado and debris along I-40 east of OKC north of Shawnee. Pictures 7-11 are of the supercell and wall cloud that was a bit farther south and east along I-40... Reed and convoy pulled in behind me there.

May 25, 2011

Later the night of the 24th back at home I intercepted the EF-4 tornado producing supercell that tracked from Etna, through Denning, and up to Harmony and further NE in Arkansas. I got as close as the I-40 exit at Coal Hill before the near 0 visibility and power flashes forced me to turn around. I also needed to check on a few friends nearby (they were ok...had downed trees behind house and neighbor just up road lost a roof). I drove from the Coal Hill exit south on Hwy 164 and within just a few seconds I came into downed trees and power lines. I was just able to get through and continued on my way to Denning. There was also downed trees and powerlines between Coal Hill and Altus. I made my way down to Denning but wasnt able to get into the damaged areas due to the police blocking access due to live power lines. The next morning I drove much of the path and here are the pics. The 7th picture below of the destroyed trailer was one of the locations were a fatality was reported.
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Here are some pics from earlier in the month (May) that never got posted to FB or on here.



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