Chase Log

May 5th, 2006 Patricia, Texas Supercell and Tornado

May 5th took us to the southern Texas panhandle for what looked like a decent supercell and tornado day. Strong southwest flow aloft on top of southeast surface winds along an outflow boundary would set the stage for tornadic supercells. By late afternoon storms developed near Hobbs, New Mexico and intensified as they moved towards Seminole, Texas. The main cell entrained too much dry air and struggled until it moved off the dryline. At that point a monster updraft developed and spun like a top. A nice stovepipe shaped tornado formed back in the hail and rain northeast of the clear slot.

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