Chase Log

May 25th Memphis, TN Tornadic Supercell

May 25th was kind of a let down for me. After a wild day before in Oklahoma, it certainly looked like the Missouri/Arkansas/Tennessee area was in for a big day as the system continued eastward. However, after spending hours waiting for initiation in Newport, Arkansas, we headed southwest towards Little Rock as storms exploded there. Of course, 2 hours after we left a tornado occurred just west of Newport. For sure it was one of those days. We chased several tornado warned storms, but something was missing. Maybe weaker 850 winds than further north into northern Arkansas and southern Missouri where numerous tornadoes occurred? We finally captured a nicely structured supercell that dropped a brief tornado just west of Memphis, Tennessee. The last 3 photos below were taken IN MEMPHIS, looking west across the Mississippi river (which was producing major flooding at the time).

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