We were close to three different supercells on Memorial Day in west Texas. The storms fired along the outflow boundary of a morning cluster of storms farther north. When storms’ downdraft winds hit the surface, they fan outward, and the edge of where this outflow reaches is often conducive to developing spin in the atmosphere which can be ingested into a storm’s updraft and make it rotate. We followed one storm northwest and north of Big Spring, Texas, then dropped down to another to the south near Sterling City, Texas, then waited south of there for a third to pass by just before sunset. There were reports of brief tornadoes within the supercells,b ut we did not see them from our viewing points.
A few Internet issues are keeping me from posting many photos this mhttp://wordpress.com/post/orning in Rankin, Texas (you’ll have to Google it, it’s a tiny town southwest of San Angelo, right in the middle of an oil/gas boom). Will hope to get some up in the next day or two. Until then, be sure and check @hokiestorm on Twitter.
– Kevin Myatt