On Saturday, I had the opportunity to go storm chasing with Eric Whitehill.
Long story short, we didn’t think much was going to happen once we realized too many clouds were keeping things cooler than forecast, which meant things weren’t getting unstable very quickly.
But we didn’t give up hope. We almost did…but stuck with it.
After meeting up with some other chasers, we decided to head to the only thing on radar within about a hundred miles.
We arrived on what was a very weak and disorganized thundershower, but the storm motion on it was pretty cool, so at least it was something to look at.
As we followed the storm, it began to get a bit better organized.
So we got out well in front of the storm to get a better look as it moved north.
At least we thought it was well out in front.
As we watched, the storm was rapidly rotating. I’ve never seen storm motion like this in my life! And the winds…howling from behind us feeding this storm.
Then we started to see the lowering behind the rain.
For me, it was fascinating!
The storm was starting to spin even faster now! And the clouds were lowering!
Now we have a funnel!
The winds continued to increase…feeding into the storm…and the entire base of this storm was spinning faster and faster!
And the funnel became even more pronounced, and the circulation was likely reaching the ground now!
It was at this point, we all scrambled to get out of the way!
We moved about a quarter of a mile down the road, and looked back to see the tornado crossing the road right where we just were!
Until this very moment…I had never seen a tornado in real life!
And to see one from that close was absolutely mesmerizing!
Some of you are probably saying: “It looks like it’s still a funnel to me.”
While it may look that way, the circulation was all the way to the ground despite the condensation funnel only reaching part way down.
We continued to chase for many hours on Saturday, but never saw anything like this again.
I was like a kid in a candy store!
And all day today, I’ve been wanting to ask people “So, How was your weekend? I saw a tornado.”