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May 20 - Chase Day 6 - Tornadoes in Oklahoma

What a devastating few days ...

We're in Denton, Texas right now. First off, we were not there for the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. We were a couple of hours south.

We started the morning in Norman, Oklahoma. Eerie how close we were this morning to the destroyed area now. We continued south to Waurika, Oklahoma. A great majority of chasers targeted southern Oklahoma. Many forecast models were indicating that the OKC area would become linear quickly ... but as we saw today, it didn't turn out that way.

The cells went up around Waurika and we went north to Duncan where the supercell was rapidly developing. It created a large wall cloud and then a funnel cloud. Due to distant trees we couldn't tell if there was debris on the ground or not. Spotters in the area reported that it did touch down briefly so we saw the tornado.

The storm weakened and we continued south to another cell. It became rapidly rain-wrapped and all the while we started hearing about Moore, Oklahoma. As disappointed as we are not to have seen the tornado since every chaser's goal is to see a tornado, I'm horrified at what I'm seeing. This isn't the first time Moore or other large cities have been hit by tornadoes, and it won't be the last, but it's just devastating. 

We're at the hotel in Denton, Texas right now watching the news and it's terrifying. As a chaser this is the type of thing you NEVER want to see. We all want the giant wedge in the middle of an open field, not devastating a town or city. Our thoughts are with everyone touched by today's tornado as well as the tornadoes over the past couple of days. It has been a horrible couple of days.

Here are a few pictures I took today: May 20 Photos

... Didn't feel like taking too many after the horrible things unfolding in Moore. Just terrible.

 

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